QT QUEENSTOWN COMES TO TOWN

As far as destinations go, there’s nowhere quite like New Zealand, with its spectacular scenery, epic wildlife, world-class wine tasting, laid-back nature and buzzing cities… We could go on. However, one thing they’ve been lacking until now is a large choice of great hotels. Thankfully, QT Queenstown is changing all that – and it’s been causing quite a stir since it opened.

QT Queenstown exterior
QT Queenstown exterior

It’s not hard to see why, either: the QT Hotel brand has been fast gaining rank since it unveiled its first hotel back in 2011, and it’s been on an upwards trajectory since then, with new hotels opening at a rate of knots, including the popular QT Bondi in Sydney, QT Melbourne, and most recently, QT Queenstown.

QT Queenstown Conference Room
QT Queenstown Conference Room

Billing themselves as “an eclectic mix of design and art”, the hotels are certainly different and pay serious attention to detail. First up, location plays a big part in deciding where QTs make their home – and in the picturesque Queenstown, you’ll find it in the central Brunswick Street, which is just a two-minute walk from town, with views over the spectacular Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. The 69 stylish bedrooms feature specialist gel beds, huge free-standing bathtubs, and have complimentary in-room movies. The range of rooms goes from Alpine Suite to Remarkable King – the latter of which sits on the top floor and undoubtedly has the best view in the house.

Remarkable King at QT Queenstown
Remarkable King at QT Queenstown

To soak up more cracking vistas, head for QT Queenstown’s sixth floor to tuck into a feast at the Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar. While dishing up everything from seafood to wood-fired pizzas, they also know a thing or two about well-shaken cocktails and have a selection of famous local wines on the menu.

Birdseye of Morning Tea

Then, of course, there’s the art, which is heavily influenced by the natural surroundings (seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby) and interpreted through bold, colourful graphics. Texture plays a key role, with exposed stone walls and marble counters, and there’s plenty of great design details, like the Eames-era chairs.

QT Queenstown Hero Lobby
QT Queenstown Hero Lobby

As if travellers needed an additional reason to visit New Zealand, this is it.

[Photos are courtesy of QT Queenstown]

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Sara D'Souza
Sara d'Souza is a travel content strategist on the MSN specials team, contributing editor to the Travel Edit and travel writer for ELLE, ELLEuk.com, Red Online, Sunday Times Travel, MSN Travel and Upward Curve inflight magazine, Visit London, Jetsetter and Virgin.