QT Mu­seum Wellington

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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.

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