QT Hotels & Resorts has just unveiled its first international property following its over $9 million re-imagination of the former Museum Art Hotel – now open as the new QT Museum Wellington. The brand’s first New Zealand location embodies the culture of its unique location, a staple of all QT Hotels & Resorts.
The refurbishment and rebranding were designed to represent the property's evolution while still paying homage to the hotel’s history. Focusing on the modern traveler, QT Museum Wellington features a variety of high-tech spaces, private event venues and a foodie’s paradise, featuring the acclaimed Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar as well as Hot Sauce, a Japanese-Korean street food bar, set to open mid-2017. Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar is continuing to serve French-inspired fare under the direction of Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac.
The hotel, which has been operated under the direction of QT Hotels & Resorts since its purchase in 2015, is introducing a number of re-created public spaces and hotel rooms, conceived by architect and designer Shelley Indyk. The rooms include all of the QT quirk-perks: night caps, emergency bow-ties and a variety of other quirky amenities. The accommodations finishing touches were created by stylist Anna Roberts, while staff costumers were created by Broadway costume designer Janet Hine.
Art lovers are in for a treat as well, as the hotel’s eccentric and eclectic art collection will be continued to be displayed throughout the property’s public spaces. Each piece has been selected by Amanda Love, the QT Hotels Art Curator.
QT Queenstown is the other QT property slated to open in New Zealand during 2017, adding to the brand’s collection of international properties.