PLANS UNVEILED FOR SIX-STAR QUEENSTOWN HOTEL

Plans have been unveiled for a six-star hotel in the Queenstown suburb of Fernhill.

Coherent Hotel Ltd has lodged consent with the Queenstown Lakes District Council for an 89-room hotel adjoining the Kamana Lakehouse, previously known as the Aspen hotel, which the company also owns.

The publicly notified resource consent application describes the hotel as consistent with the council’s tourism goals of moving towards high-quality, longer-stay experiences.

‘‘The hotel will make a significant and long-term contribution towards training and employment in the visitor industry,” said the application. ‘‘Staffing levels will be close to 1:1 at the proposed hotel, requiring at least 90 staff.”

A series of interconnected buildings covering a total land area of over 11,200 square metres would house 82 house suites, each with 52 square metres of floor space and a 15 square metre deck, as well as six king suites with floor areas of 132 square metres and 45 square metre decks.

A single, 348 square metre presidential suite with a 145 square metre deck would house three car parks and a private entrance from Richards Park Lane.

Each group of suites would have an inaccessible rooftop garden to provide some aesthetic relief for neighbouring properties.