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Queenstown to Welcome Two New Luxury Hotels

Queenstown, New Zealand, will soon be offering two new options for visitors seeking luxury accommodation in the town, both on a small or a large scale. The Spire, a ten-room boutique hotel in central Queenstown, has just opened in May 2005. The hotel provides a ‘modern meets alpine’ experience, with iconic contemporary designer furniture and hi-tech in-room entertainment.

The spacious guestrooms feature stone-clad gas fires and large balconies. The hotel also houses a luxuriously cosmopolitan bar, InSpire, and an exclusive, reservation-only fine dining restaurant, ASpire, which seats just 16 guests.

ASpire’s menu is by award-winning chef Rex Morgan of Wellington’s celebrated Citron restaurant. Morgan is a former New Zealand Chef of the Year, a consulting chef for Air New Zealand, and the winner of numerous awards at some of New Zealand’s best restaurants. ASpire will serve fresh and innovative cuisine within a stylish designer setting in an expression of the hotel’s contemporary philosophy.                           
Rates begin at NZ$810 per night (approx: £310) for single occupancy, including breakfast, airport transfers, post-arrival beverages and early evening drinks and snacks.

Construction is also nearing completion at the central Queenstown site of the brand new Sofitel Queenstown. The 5-star hotel will be operated and managed by the international Accor Group under its premium international brand, Sofitel. The hotel is due to open on 12th August 2005.


The Sofitel Queenstown will be the first international 5-star hotel in Queenstown, and the first Sofitel-branded hotel to open in New Zealand. The hotel will feature 82 elegantly appointed guestrooms, superb restaurants and bars and a day spa.