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.

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