Holiday Inn launch new hotel in Queenstown this December

New Zealand’s first new-build Holiday Inn hotel in a decade, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, is set to make its opening debut in early December and unveil the first Holiday Inn ‘Open Lobby’ in New Zealand.

A brand hallmark of the next-generation design for Holiday Inn hotels, 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.

Open lobby is the beating heart of Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park. Here the expansive 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.

The new multimillion-dollar hotel featuring 182 rooms and suites – many with mountain views of The Remarkables – is the first full-service hotel to open within the new Remarkables Park lifestyle development in Frankton. The hotel joins a multi-use retail, resort, residential, and recreational precinct to enhance Queenstown’s thriving community.

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.

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 to-go Cafe. Within 30-minutes’ drive, skiers will be boarding the chairlift to catch the first run of the day. The hotel provides a secure drying room with ample storage for ski and outdoor gear.

A high-tech gym enables holidaymakers to maintain their health and fitness routine indoors, while scenic trails for running, walking, and biking are easily accessible from the hotel’s doorstep.

After a high-energy day of activities, guests can retreat indoors to warm, comfy and cleverly designed rooms and suites, showcasing mountain views, and many with balconies. Twin, King and Accessible rooms all include Vittoria pod coffee machines, robes, slippers, smart TVs with SONIFI STAYCAST™ for personal app streaming 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 for all cravings and occasions at Giants Restaurant, Bar and to-go Café.

Inspired by the mountainous giants of the Southern Alps, Giants Restaurant and Bar plates up refined rustic food and drink infused with local flavour for moments that matter. For a casual bite to eat or to satisfy the most giant of appetites, Rolling Giants to-go Café offers both healthy and indulgent snacks, teas and Vittoria barista coffee throughout the day.

Families with children aged 12 years and under stay and eat free in Giants restaurant when sharing a room with their parents.

For corporate groups and other events, the hotel presents four flexible meeting rooms catering for small events for up to 30 people or larger gatherings of up to 200 people. The E-bar provides a co-working space for guests to plug-in and feel part of the social vibe of the open lobby, with a drink and snack on the side.

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.

Rates at Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park start from NZD$160 per room per night.

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