Cutting-edge designer hotel collection reveals its Queenstown property on the shores of Lake Wakatipu
The hotel’s 69 guest rooms and public spaces were curated by QT’s creative collaborators with design by Nic Graham, styling by Anna Roberts, costumes by Janet Hine and graphic elements, such as wallpaper design, by Fabio Ongarato. Nic Graham has worked on QT’s design narrative and vision since the collection’s first property opened with QT Gold Coast in 2011, balancing vintage influences and contemporary style to create a sense of luxury comfort: “this is home but a home many of us don’t experience.”
Sitting pretty in nature’s playground, this lush lakeside resort follows the design DNA of QT’s predecessor properties, with its identity inspired by the surrounding environment along with a touch of signature QT quirk. The property embraces Queenstown’s iconic natural landmarks – Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range – and encompasses the après-ski lifestyle, a nostalgic alpine narrative central to the public spaces, designer suites and dining experience. Unlike other QT properties, which feature large lobbies boasting the likes of coffee shops, bars and even art galleries, the new hotel’s public spaces will remain understated to maintain focus on the breathtaking mountain peaks that set the scene at QT Queenstown.
Perched on the sixth floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar offerings – Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar – afford magnificent views of the white-packed mountains and crystal clear lake. Open since March 2017, Bazaar is already a local favorite, officially ranked as the #1 restaurant in Queenstown by First Table in just six months. The interactive marketplace’s aesthetic channels the region’s history steeped in outdoor sports, with exposed surfaces, a herringbone-patterned floor and the use of leather straps. Reds offers the perfect setting to watch the sun set across the Southern Alps as guests and locals alike relax in custom QT furniture, including Eames-era chairs, while enjoying the largest selection of spirits and liqueurs in Queenstown.
ABOUT QT HOTELS & RESORTS:
QT Hotels & Resorts first put its stamp on the Australian tourism sector with the launch of QT Gold Coast in 2011. The unique and exciting property delivered the first injection of QT’s signature designer spaces with bold entertainment and intriguing yet relaxing guest experience. Now one of Australia’s most loved and dynamic hotel brands, the family of properties includes QT Gold Coast, QT Port Douglas, the flagship QT Melbourne, QT Sydney, QT Falls Creek, QT Canberra and QT Bondi. Adding to its portfolio of stunning boutique hotels and resorts, the recently opened QT Museum Wellington in New Zealand marks QT’s first international property, with QT Queenstown to open later in the year. QT is set for further expansion with plans for QT Perth and QT Parramatta currently underway.