The addition of three contemporary suites has enhanced the appeal of the stylish five-star Queenstown Park Boutique hotel, one of the resort’s most luxurious, centrally located hotels.
The recent unveiling of the suites, along with a refurbishment of other rooms has, according to manager Francisco Freire, enabled the family-run establishment to offer “a vision that is unique in Queenstown.”
“The new suites, which are part of the hotel’s 22 room complex, are each 50 square metres and for a hotel that’s a double plus. I have worked in hospitality for a long time and you don’t often see that, especially in Queenstown, and our guests recognise the value of it. They have a lovely layout, high-end furnishings with lots of Kiwi designed and made things, such as carpets and beds, which showcase New Zealand craftsmanship and support the local economy.”
“The suites are on the second floor, which means they have lots of privacy,” he says. They overlook the park and our guests in winter can see the Remarkables Mountains range in their full snowy glory.”
The other hotel rooms have all been refurbished and updated since the Patterson family, long-time Christchurch hoteliers and part-owners of the Commodore Hotel, bought the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel in 2016.
“I love the renovated rooms, it feels like a brand-new hotel,” says Francisco. “They’re spacious with a lot of storage so the rooms don’t feel like shoeboxes and our guests love spending time there.”
“Overlooking the Queenstown recreation ground, the hotel’s location is, if not one of the best, the best. It provides easy access to everything Queenstown has to offer and guests can be on the snow at Coronet Peak within 25 minutes. When they return to the hotel, they appreciate how quiet it is.”
The Patterson family work with a close-knit team. Leading architect, Chris Wilson, who has worked with them on other projects, assisted with the renovation and the design of the new suites. Francisco and his wife Lea moved from another well-known luxury hotel to work at Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel more than two years ago.
“There’s a tried, tested and trusted team here,” he says. “I love what I do – I think boutique hotels can offer a discreet, personalised and dedicated service, that larger hotels can’t.”