Putting the QT in Queenstown
The quirky QT Hotel brand is coming to Queenstown as part of a Rydges Hotel redevelopment.
PR director Stephen Howard said the new 69-suite hotel was the latest addition to the boutique QT stable, which has six hotels in Australia and is preparing to open in the former Wellington Museum Art Hotel.
The QT brand is described on it’s website as ‘‘an eclectic mix of design and art... style and luxury with a touch of quirk.’’
Howard said each site was designed with its own character based on the location, with the Queenstown hotel having an apres-ski theme.
Staff would have ‘‘great personalities’’ and be dressed by costume designer Janet Hine, art work is curated by Amanda Love and the hotel is designed by Nic Graham.
‘‘It’s about engaging in art and engaging in design....it’s sensory overload,’’ Howard said.
As part of the redevelopment, the QT-branded Reds would open on January 27 and the restaurant would become Bazaar, described as an ‘‘interactive market place’’.
They will sit between the Rydges and QT Queenstown and be available to patrons of both hotels and the public.
It was expected QT Queenstown would open about September this year.
The Rydges Hotel remained and had undergone a soft refurbishment.
Executive chef Josh SmithThirkell at Bazaar, the new QT Queenstown restaurant.