The famed Museum Art Hotel has announced a name change following a $12m makeover, to QT Museum Wellington. This is the first New Zealand location for the boutique design=driven hotel collection QT Hotels and Resorts. Each QT Hotel and Resort is inspired by and embodies the unique culture of its location. Embracing the creative culture of the Capital, QT Museum Wellington delivers a unique experience blending art, design and a dash of the absurd, resulting in relaxed luxury. With the needs of the modern traveller in mind, QT Museum Wellington also features high-tech, sophisticated spaces, sassy private hire venues and a paradise for foodies with the acclaimed Hippopotamus Restaurant and Bar.

The refurbished public areas and soon to be completed hotel rooms have been thoughtfully and creatively conceived by architect and designer Shelley Indyk. Indyk has created a bold backdrop to display the quirky art, offering a touch of Hollywood glamour while respecting the philosophy of the hotel. The hotel’s room designs have been taken to a new level by Indyk including luxury modern traveller perks unique to the design-driven brand, from night caps to emergency bow ties and other quirky amenities. Finishing touches have been created by stylist Anna Roberts and staff costumes by celebrated Broadway costume designer Janet Hine.

“In acquiring this iconic hotel brimming with personality has become a favourite for visitors and locals alike, we wanted to evolve and build on its unique character,” said QT managing director, David Seargeant. “We have developed this by highlighting the eclectic feel while ensuring the quirky character of the QT brand features strongly.”