accommodation

Name stoush settled

A developer's changed the name of his Queenstown apartment project to avoid clashing with a local motel. Tony Gapes, who developed Frankton's Five Mile shopping complex, launched his 44-unit 'Alexis' development, on the Gorge Road/Hallenstein Street corner, over autumn. However that...

Ratings shame

Used toilets, 'haunted' rooms, and a guest claiming she was told to go to a shop for bandages after cutting herself on a rusty fridge. These are just a few of the bugbears of visitors who have stayed at the...

Hotel fever

A $50 million-plus hotel on a prime downtown site is the next project for booming Queenstown. Leading local developers John Martin, John Darby and Michael Davies want to build the hotel on top of the four-level Man Street carpark they...

Hotel’s milestone

Which Queenstown hotel has had one owner and two managers over two decades? The answer's St Moritz, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. The owner's Queenstowner Graham Wilkinson, who only briefly had a business partner early on, and the managers...

Bed tax bedlam

A Queenstown accommodation operator is mobilising opposition to mayor Jim Boult's campaign for a bed tax. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle fears the mayor's idea of taxing visitors $10 per bed per night to fund infrastructure will drive visitors...

$200m hotel boom

A $200 million hotel complex with more than 550 rooms is the latest mega development in the pipeline for Queenstown. The developers – a syndicate of New Zealand and overseas investors – want to build a five-star hotel, a four-star...

$100m luxury hotel plans

An American developer is making a Queenstown comeback, with plans for a $100 million luxury hotel complex near Skyline's gondola. Kevin Carlin – who developed The Waterfront apartments 20 years ago and then the exclusive Lakeside Estates subdivision – lodged...
A luxury boutique Queenstown hotel is shortlisted for one of the world's top interior design awards. Hulbert House opened in May last year after a restoration project bankrolled by billionaire Japanese owner Soichiro Fukutake. Kiwi interior designer Neil McLachlan was given...

Tree hut riles landowner

He has one of the best views in Queenstown and the cheapest rent. But one thing Aussie carpenter Andy admits he doesn't have for his tree house is permission from landowner Peter Clark. Clark's furious and says he'll take a chainsaw...

Nifty ski plea

A skifield operator is appealing to Wakatipu homeowners to house its staff this winter. Queenstown has a dire shortage of worker accommodation. And NZSki is worried hundreds of staff it employs at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will struggle to find...
A Queenstown hotelier says the industry's bracing itself for fee hikes after a ground-breaking Commerce Commission decision involving two global booking superpowers. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle says the commission's agreement with online travel agencies Booking.com and Expedia.com, following an...

Village people selling

One of Queenstown's longest-established accommodation businesses – and largest – is on the market. Pinewood Village, which has 467 beds sprawled over 36 buildings, has been owned by Roz and Rob Greig's family for almost 30 years. Occupying the top of Hamilton...
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