With unrivalled views over the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu and breathtaking peaks of the New Zealand Southern Alps, the highly anticipated QT Queenstown has opened its doors in New Zealand’s nature playground.
At QT Queenstown mother nature meets modern design, and all creature comforts have been considered to emulate a luxurious nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambiance. The scene is set at this lush lakeside hotel, located with views overlooking the picturesque destination, exposing the dramatic landscape and challenging guests to endless adventure.
QT Hotels & Resorts has bought a chic new designer landmark to Queenstown’s burgeoning tourism landscape with a distinctly creative edge and highly-curated experiences through its public spaces, guest rooms and high-end restaurant and bar offerings.
The design philosophy is harmoniously inspired by the all-encompassing nature and grandeur of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Mother Nature is complemented by the bold accents seen in the herringbone patterns and leather and brass details, which channel vintage outdoor sports gear. Exposed surfaces and a disruptive bold graphic approach runs throughout the visually intriguing spaces, featuring carefully curated art displays and bespoke furnishings.
Luxury design meets contemporary décor across QT Queenstown’s 69 stunning guest rooms and suites, with signature QT Gel Beds, too-many-threads-to-count linen, floor-to-ceiling windows and a cheeky mini-bar. Designed by renowned interior designer, Nic Graham, the inescapable and striking views play homage to this QT property.
The ultimate in creature comforts are at one’s fingertips when staying in the Remarkable King room. This premium experience is complete with personalised bellhop benefits, a welcome Gin Martini waiting on arrival, a lavishly late check-out and a host of plush perks.
The in-room elements is where the attention to detail and framework of a designer hotel comes through – in the nic-nacs, wall graphics, cushions, artwork. Sourced by stylist, Anna Roberts, QT Queenstown’s guest rooms and suites are home to countless local treasures such as sweets poured 200 metres down the road by the iconic Remarkables Sweet Shop to New Zealand’s native Tui bird in the form of a ceramic sculpture. The essence of Aotearoa’s fauna and flora, alongside a Central Otago-centric mini bar, inspires a tantalising and quintessentially Queenstown sanctuary.
The designer bathrooms features luxurious white marble paired with copper furnishings, a QT first. Copper as a highlight metal is balanced with the softest tones and surprising bursts of colour. Nic’s first experience of Queenstown is integral in the development of the colour palette, as he arrived to white packed mountains and a clear blue lake. The tonal cues are reflective in the lavender, soft blues and charcoal grey to balance the furnishings and pops of yellow.
QT Queenstown will up the ante balancing small boutique feel, classic QT elements and a sense of, “this is home but a home many of us don’t experience” with all the tongue-in-cheek quirk you’ve come to expect when immersing yourself in the QT life. Graham achieves this with “cues taken on colour and replicated texture.”
The Lobby and Reception heavily features timber flooring, timber lined ceilings and split rock walls, bringing an earthy-edge and Queenstown’s reputation as an adventure playground indoors. This gives a more residential feeling for guests”. The Lobby breaks the mould of other QT’s which all feature generously sized lounges, coffee shop, bars – New Zealand’s first QT Hotel, QT Museum Wellington showcases a gallery’s worth of art. Breaking the mould, QT Queenstown’s public spaces are understated to focus on the grandeur of the surrounding scenery.
With eclectic and eccentric dining and drinking experiences, QT Queenstown’s Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar, have already established the property to be a destination for locals and tourists alike. From early 2017 diners journeyed to Level 6 to find Reds Bar - and uninterrupted views. Reds is the ultimate place to soak in the picturesque sunset with hand crafted cocktail in hand. QT Queenstown’s signature dining offering, Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, awaits post-cocktail - with each experience is designed to satisfy and tantalise the palates of foodies and spoil the senses of those who enter.
Reds Bar is the only place to revel in and watch the sunset across the majestic Southern Alps and clear lake. The view sits pretty amongst the hallmark of good design with custom QT furniture, including Eames-era chairs and bold wall graphics. The stunning surroundings only rivalled with an equally impressive bar and cellar to excite wine connoisseurs and mixology fans alike. Satisfying the needs of the modern traveller - a taste of Queenstown awaits. Reds’ cocktail library showcases clever mixes showcasing QT rooftop herbs, locally foraged flora and housemade infusions, from pancetta vodka to wormwood syrup. New Zealand’s best drops and handcrafted concoctions are matched to watch the sun set in this alpine aperitif, good times bar.
An innovative QT experience, Bazaar Interactive Marketplace boasts lush views as your backdrop while you become immersed in the rousing hustle and bustle of the marketplace. Bazaar continues the aesthetic direction of the hotel with exposed surfaces - the herringbone pattern on the floor and leather straps came from the original design narrative channelling outdoor sports equipment. Full of a mosaic of cuisines highlighting the finest Central Otago produce, alongside the best of what’s available across the country and internationally, Bazaar chefs provide a theatrical and thoroughly interactive dining experience to create both an ocular and gastronomic experience for guests like no other. For those who have a penchant for fine wines - we’re bringing wine country to your table. It’s a pleasure to be able to pour stunning vintages, fruity and supple drops matched to the best Queenstown has to offer with notable names such as Akarua, Charcoal Gully and Pisa Range Estate.
Every element of the QT Queenstown journey has been highly curated and carefully crafted – no detail has been spared; everything from the art, lighting, music selection, quirky nuances and bold design touches, create this quintessentially QT and Queenstown guest experience.
The property’s eclectic spaces dare guests to adventure into the wild or enjoy the beautiful tranquility of Queenstown. From the views across dramatic mountain landscapes, to the personal, intimate moments taking in the serenity of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a canvas upon which every individual can choose their own adventure. The property’s interior evoke a signature QT sense of place.
QT Queenstown joins an acclaimed collection of unique designer hotels, building on a global reputation for bold interiors with luxurious and equally quirky hospitality. QT Hotels & Resorts redefines the designer hotel experience; with its identity inspired by the surrounding environment along with a touch of signature QT quirk. Locals and tourists can experience luxury with a side of the signature QT quirk, perfect for stay and play.