Hotel finds suite spot

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It’s taken six months but three high-end rooms have been added to a central Queenstown hotel following a challenging building project.

The junior suites, overlooking the Recreation Ground, have gone on the roof of the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel.

The $2 million project, handled by Dominion Constructors, was the vision of three Christchurch brothers whose company, Patterson Hospitality, bought the then 19-room hotel two years ago for about $8m.

Christchurch-based architect Chris Wilson, of Wilson + Hill, explains they’re ‘junior’ suites because they combine a bedroom and living room in one area, but at 50sqm they’re about twice the size of a standard hotel room.

“[The brothers] wanted to add quality space so it was better to add three high-end rooms than maybe, say, six standard rooms.”

Each suite is also set back to provide private balcony space.

“Being able to push back those sliding doors in summer will feel like you’re in the park rather than being in a hotel room.”

Wilson says a feature is the suites’ New Zealand flavour.

“We’ve selected NZ carpet, used NZ timbers in the furniture, NZ wool in the upholstery of the furniture, NZ-made fireplaces.

“You’ve got that sense of place, that you are in Queenstown, not in a hotel that could be anywhere.”

The suites were officially opened last week by the United States ambassador to NZ, Scott Brown.

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