QT Museum Wellington
While this hotel still bears features from its previous incarnation as businessmanturned-art- collector Chris Parkin’s Museum Art Hotel, a multimillion- dollar makeover by hip Australian brand QT has completely transformed most of the 163 rooms and public spaces. Curator Amanda Love was brought in to oversee the property’s extensive art collection, which now includes a rotating roster of paintings, sculptures, and oddities. And staff uniforms have been replaced by “costumes” created by Broadway designer Janet Hine. While the eye-popping decor in restaurant and cocktail bar Hippopotamus hasn’t changed, the eatery’s menu has been given a makeover, and it’s been joined by Asian-fusion joint Hot Sauce. Refurbished rooms are quirky yet comfortable with black-brushed slate bathrooms, designer lamps, super-soft gel beds, and minibars stocked with artisanal treats from across the city. Each also displays a selection of books hand-picked by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which sits on the waterfront just across the street. This isn’t the only alliance between the two establishments: QT Museum also offers guests a behind-thescenes tour of the national institution.