A quirky New Zealand hospitality icon has emerged with a fresh new creative edge under the banner of a leading Australian design hotel collection.
QT Museum Wellington – in the heart of New Zealand’s creative capital – has undergone a NZ$12 million plus reimagination and unveiled as the first international property for design hotel collection QT Hotels & Resorts.
The first New Zealand location for the brand, the refurbished property embodies the unique culture of its location - a benchmark for all QT Hotels & Resorts - embracing the culture of the creative capital city with a blend of art, design and a dash of the absurd.
QT Managing Director, David Seargeant, said the refurbishment and rebranding represented the property's evolution while continuing to pay homage to the hotel’s history.
"In acquiring this iconic hotel brimming with personality, which has become a favourite for visitors and locals alike, we wanted to evolve and build on its unique character. We have developed this by highlighting the eclectic feel while ensuring the quirky character of the QT brand features strongly."
The former owner of the Museum Art Hotel, Wellington’s Chris Parkin, said the QT brand aligned well with his original vision and philosophy for the hotel.
“It's heartening to see the legacy the Museum Art Hotel has built, evolve with the stunning QT makeover and now rightfully aligned with the new name QT Museum Wellington," Parkin said.
With the modern traveller very much in mind, QT Museum Wellington features high-tech spaces, private event venues and a foodie's paradise with the acclaimed Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar and Hot Sauce, a Japanese/Korean street food bar set to open in mid-2017. The beloved Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar will continue to serve exquisite French-inspired fare under the direction of Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac.
The re-created public spaces and hotel rooms have been conceived by architect and designer Shelley Indyk. The rooms include perks unique to the brand - from night caps to emergency bow-ties and other quirky amenities. Finishing touches have been created by stylist Anna Roberts and staff costumes by celebrated Broadway costume designer Janet Hine.
The hotel's eccentric and eclectic art collection will continue to be displayed throughout the public spaces, and selected by Amanda Love, QT Hotels Art Curator.
QT Hotels & Resorts purchased the hotel in 2015.
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. It is now one of Australia's most loved and dynamic hotel brands with a family of properties in main cities and resorts. Adding to its portfolio of stunning boutique hotels and resorts, QT is set for expansion with new properties to open in 2017 including a second New Zealand hotel - QT Queenstown. QT Hotels and Rydges is owned by Event Hospitality and Entertainment.
Background: QT Museum Wellington
Formerly known as the Museum Art Hotel, this famously arty city hotel is located in central Wellington with harbour views. It is a few steps from New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. It was listed on Yahoo’s list of ‘Ten of the Best hotels with magnificent artwork of the World’. The spacious lobby features opulent décor, walls adorned with original New Zealand art and a bar/café in which to relax. Accommodation includes 165 hotel rooms and luxurious apartment style studios and suites featuring exquisitely appointed bathrooms. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre, sauna, indoor heated swimming pool, spa pool, day spa, and a lobby bar. Hippopotamus Restaurant and Bar serves a fine French-inspired cuisine, under the direction of Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac. It is open daily for breakfast and dinner, Monday to Friday for lunch, high tea Wednesday to Saturday, 2-4.30pm.