Landmark hotel changes hands

By Viv Logie
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Revingtons Hotel has been sold to a Canterbury businessman. It will change hands on Monday.
Therese and Jim Gibbens, who have owned the landmark hotel at the entrance to downtown Greymouth for 12 and a half years, today confirmed the sale to Manav Soni, who owns another hotel in Timaru.
“This weekend will be our last in the hotel,” Mrs Gibbens said.
A number of changes had been made since they took over in June 2001, she said.
“We totally renovated the ground floor when we took over and four years ago we did up the restaurant and moved it from the back of the building to the front.”
Revingtons Hotel is one of the oldest businesses in Greymouth and was rebuilt last century. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip stayed there during the Coronation Tour of 1954.
Mrs Gibbens said she and her husband would miss the ‘locals’.
“Our time at Revingtons has been great, but now it is time to move on.”
New owner, Mr Soni, said he was looking forward to his new venture.
He said he had worked in the hotel industry for years, managing hotels in India, China, Dubai, Scotland and England.
He also owned a hotel in Christchurch, but lost it after the earthquake, and currently owns the Comfort Hotel Benvenue, in Timaru.