Secrets of Sheraton Mirage: Ex boss reveals wild secrets of famed Gold Coast hotel
, 2023-03-18 09:16:07,
Almost 40 years since departing his post as general manager at the Sheraton Grand Mirage, hotel industry veteran Erhard Hotter still gets nervous about ‘naming names’.
As the former gatekeeper at one of Australia’s most infamous and hedonistic hotels during the 80s and 90s, it’s no surprise.
Hotter, a quietly spoken German now all but retired at 82, once presided over all aspects of the iconic Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort on the Gold Coast – a hotel which hit headlines this week after it went on the market for $200million.
Built by fugitive developer Christopher Skase in 1985 – 16 years before he would die of stomach cancer in Spain – the hotel became the ultimate beacon of 80s excess, where guests from all over Australia and the world would come to cut loose.
Christopher Skase (with wife Pixie) built the Sheraton Mirage as the ultimate beacon of 80s excess
Guests from all over Australia and the world would come to holiday and cut loose at the Sheraton Mirage, located at the Southport Spit
‘And some of them are still alive today so I don’t like to be too specific,’ Hotter – who served as GM from 1988 to 1995 – told Daily Mail Australia.
‘But of course we attracted some very high-profile people. A lot of Hollywood actors and famous people from Europe as well.
‘And the very wealthy from Sydney and Melbourne. The Mirage was the kind of place that built a reputation of social theatre and it was our job to make sure guests got everything they wanted.’
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