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Remarkable Holiday Inn on track to open

New Zealand’s first new-build Holiday Inn hotel in a decade is on track to open its doors in Queenstown, early December.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is the first full-service hotel to open within the new Remarkables Park lifestyle development in Frankton, joining a multi-use retail, resort, residential, and recreational precinct to enhance Queenstown’s thriving community.

The multimillion-dollar hotel with 182 rooms and suites – many with mountain views of The Remarkables – will unveil the first Holiday Inn ‘Open Lobby’ in New Zealand. Open lobby transforms the traditional hotel lobby and separate eating areas into the one inviting, comfortable and energetic living space.

Mirroring a laid-back living room, open lobby offers guests a casual and flexible space to eat, drink, work, meet, relax, and socialise. Guests can move seamlessly between the fireplace, Giants restaurant and bar, media lounge, cosy seating areas, and E-Bar with plug-in power, Wi-Fi, and wireless printing.

General Manager of Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, Mathew Simister, says the hotel is on track for its December opening and will set a new benchmark for Holiday Inn in the region.

Mathew Simister

“We are excited to open New Zealand’s flagship Holiday Inn hotel and showcase the brand’s next generation open lobby design, which will set the new standard for Holiday Inn properties across Australasia.

“As the brand’s first new-build hotel in New Zealand in a decade, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will impress with its modern design encapsulating the local surrounds, mountain views and vibrant local fare.

“For family, active leisure and business travellers, we believe there’s no better full-service hotel that offers affordable accommodation, that genuinely and conveniently connects you with the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown’s snow-capped mountains, rugged trails, river canyons and vineyards.

“We look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the Remarkables Park lifestyle development and welcoming our first guests to the hotel this December,” concluded Simister.

Perfectly positioned to explore all sides of Queenstown and the greater Central Otago region, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is situated a convenient 5-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and 30-minutes to The Remarkables ski area.

For corporate groups and other events, the hotel presents four flexible meeting rooms catering for small gatherings of up to 30 people and larger gatherings of up to 200 people theatre style. Featuring natural light, high ceilings and mountain views, the contemporary meeting spaces have state-of-the-art AV facilities, video/teleconferencing and unlimited Wi-Fi.

After a high-energy day of activities, guests can retreat indoors to warm, comfy and cleverly designed rooms and suites, some showcasing mountain views, and balconies. Twin, King and Accessible rooms and suites all include Vittoria pod coffee machines, robes, slippers, and easy to use technology with smart TVs and free Wi-Fi. Natural tones such as eucalyptus and paprika feature in the soft furnishings, while bathrooms are bright and roomy complete with SOAK superfood skincare amenities.

Designed with floor to ceiling glass, a reflection of Queenstown’s natural beauty continues indoors with organic textures throughout. Timber finishes and natural stone combined with shades of forest green and iron ore provide a sense of connection to the landscape, and serene calm.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park offers locals and guests a new go-to place for distinct food and drink options. Inspired by the mountainous giants of the Southern Alps, Giants Restaurant, Bar and to-go Café serves refined rustic food and drink infused with local flavour. Rolling Giants to-go Café offers both healthy and indulgent snacks, teas and Vittoria barista coffee throughout the day.

The expansive lobby fireplace warmly invites guests to gather and taste a fine selection of Central Otago wines and craft beers from Giants Bar. Guests can marvel at the sun setting over Queenstown’s western peaks and settle into the evening with a board game or holiday reading in cosy, intimate seating areas.

Serious snow-chasers can wake to the weather report from the comfort of their mountain-view room, fuel up for the day with breakfast at Giants Restaurant or grab-and-go provisions from Rolling Giants. Within 30 minutes’ drive, skiers can be boarding the chairlift to catch the first run of the day.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park also offers a secure drying room with ample storage for ski and outdoor gear, and a high-tech gym.

Guests will be rewarded for their stay at Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park through IHG Rewards, where they can enjoy member only benefits and earn points on every stay at 6,000 destinations globally.

Once open, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will be the 4th Holiday Inn hotel in New Zealand, complementing the three existing IHG hotels in Queenstown.