The iconic Princes Gate Hotel in Rotorua is set to join the Distinction Hotels Group next month, increasing the New Zealand owned and operated hotel group’s portfolio to 10 properties in various locations throughout the country.

After 27 years at the helm of the five-star property, owners Brett and Vlasta Marvelly said they’re now ready to pursue other avenues and are pleased with the sale.

“We are confident the Distinction group will carry on with our philosophy of genuine hospitality with service and style that has become the hallmark of the Princes Gate Hotel,” Mr Marvelly said.

The past 27 years has seen the historic building grow from a 37-room hotel in 1986, to a luxury 50-room property with two on-site restaurants, a bar, conference facilities, thermal pools and the newly opened Monarch function room.

Distinction Hotels chief executive, Duncan Fletcher, said the company is very excited to have one of New Zealand’s finest establishments join the Distinction ‘family’.

“The Princes Gate is not only a hotel but an attraction in its own right,” he said.

“We plan to continue the Marvelly family’s high level of service and feel that the Princes Gate will perfectly complement our range of other hotels located throughout New Zealand.”