St Moritz hotelier and Sofitel win big gongs in Sydney

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Queenstown’s longest-serving hotelier and only five-star hotel have come up trumps in prestigious accommodation excellence awards. 

At the 2010 HM Awards in Sydney last Friday, recognising accommodation excellence in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, Hotel St Moritz boss Lynne McVicar won the ‘NZ general manager of the year’ category. 

A Destination Queenstown board member, McVicar has managed her hotel since it opened in 1998 and oversaw its admission into the Accor chain’s MGallery Collection two years ago. 

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside boss Jim Moore was one of two hoteliers highly commended in the same category. 

Accor’s five-star Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa, which celebrates its fifth birthday this month, won the ‘NZ Hotel’ award. 

The hotel recently underwent a $2 million makeover of its common areas, including a new 80-person Left Bank Cafe. 

The Sofitel chain also won the ‘hotel brand’ category. 

Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, was highly commended in the ‘NZ regional property’ category, won by Christchurch’s Clearwater Resort.