Airport hotel scheduled to land


Queenstown’s first new hotel in five years will open in late June, just in time for Winter Festival.

The $25 million, four-storey Ramada Hotel & Suites Remarkables Park comprises 72 beds in a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom king apartments.

Safari Group developer Robert Neil: “This has been a really exciting project to lead and it’s very rewarding to see the property take shape in just over 12 months of construction.”

“We chose Remarkables Park because it is zoned to be the district’s largest town centre and for its close proximity to many of Queenstown’s unique visitor experiences like skiing, golfing, wineries and unrivalled alpine views.

“Being just a few minutes from the airport adds to its convenience.”

There’ll also be ground-floor shops and food and beverage outlets and 56 carparks, 33 of them underground.

Touted as Queenstown’s first airport hotel, it’s been developed by Auckland-based Safari Group, which has built 11 New Zealand hotels and apartment complexes.

It will be managed by the world’s largest hotel company, Wyndham Hotel Group, and will be the sixth NZ property to employ its Ramada brand.

Designed by Auckland’s Studio 37, it sits within Remarkables Park Town Centre’s second stage.

Remarkables Park CEO Alastair Porter says the hotel will help meet the rapidly growing demand for more visitor accommodation in Queenstown.

He’s also said it will help support his company’s proposed nearby conference centre.

“Interest continues from other hotel brands, too, and we look forward to being able to offer visitors a range of three-star to six-star hotels within Remarkables Park Town Centre.”

Meanwhile, local Loan Market franchisee Stewart Mitchell confirms he’ll be shifting his office from downtown Queenstown to larger premises in the Ramada hotel building from July 1.