Sunday , July 22 2018
Renowned for having some of the best views in Queenstown.

Mercure Queenstown unveils modern makeover

Situated on a unique vantage point with breath-taking views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains, Mercure Queenstown has every reason to be popular.

Renowned for having some of the best views in Queenstown, the hotel is in an excellent location, just three minutes’ drive from the central business district, with an extensive range of leisure activities available including a seasonal swimming pool, spa pool, sauna and gymnasium.

For those who come in with wet feet from the snow, a drying room will have their ski gear ready for the morning. Popular with both leisure and business travellers, the hotel is also a great option for conferences, team building retreats, weddings and other special events.

Superb opportunities for such outdoor activities as: skiing, cycling, tramping, wine tours, golfing, jet boating and air adventures are not far away. While the resort is two kilometres to the Queenstown city centre, it is an impressive mountain view walk downhill and a bus service comes right to the front door.

In the evenings Mercure Queenstown offers excellent relaxation. Its 148 guest rooms have either spectacular lake or garden views. Guests can enjoy atrium views and superb cuisine at Vista Restaurant or relax in the lounge bar for coffees, tapas and beverages beside an open fireplace. For those guests there on business, three modern meeting rooms offer natural light, flexible display areas and payable wifi. They can cater for up to 90 people and offer majestic views.

Major refurbishment

Built in 1987, Accor Hotels’ midscale accommodation offering in Queenstown has been taken to an even greater level of comfort and style following the completion of a $2.2 million refurbishment of Mercure Queenstown’s lake view rooms and public areas.

Those 82 accommodation rooms have been given a significant makeover to greatly enhance their stunning views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, reflecting the hotel’s owners’ confidence in the market, which is seeing increased demand from business events and leisure guests.

“The demand for the Queenstown leisure market has increased by approximately 30 percent from 2015,” said sales manager, Michelle Dent. “Additionally, night flights are being introduced into Queenstown from July and this will increase demand from skiers this winter. Growth is coming mainly from the Australian, United States and Chinese markets.”

Mercure-Queenstown-refurbished-lobby-resize-300x200 Mercure Queenstown unveils modern makeoverThe last refurbishment at the resort was to the rooms featuring garden views in 2007.

“This time, the owners – CP Hotels Ltd, wanted to bring the resort to a Qualmark 4-star standard and to maintain and improve the asset for the predicted and experienced growth in demand for Queenstown via the leisure and conference markets,” said Mrs Dent.

A team from specialist New Zealand design firm, Space Studio – led by its director Vee Kesner – was entrusted with the overall concept for the project.

“It was based on their ability to work closely with AccorHotels and the hotel owning company,” said Murray Davison, Accor director of Procurement – New Zealand and Fiji. “They have a diverse range of experience across all market segments and interpret a balance between brand recommendations, local market requirements and scope budgets.”

Working in conjunction with Mr Davison and Dean Daniels, (then general manager of the hotel), they began their design work six months before construction was due to start.

Their vision has seen the interior finishes and textures in the hotel influenced by the golden tussock of the Southland region and the granite and schist of the surrounding mountains.

The contemporary rooms have been refreshed with new modern interiors and décor in soft relaxing hues to reflect the guests’ feelings of serenity induced by the hotel’s outlook. New bathrooms have walk-in showers, large hand basins and LED mirror lighting.

Local firm Rilean Construction completed the bathrooms and painting.

To give guests the best possible nights’ sleep, Sleepyhead was commissioned to design a special Mercure bed, to which designer bed-heads and rich toned cabinetry and plush bedding has been added. Cleverly-designed leisure furniture helps to maximise the space.

Artworks in the hotel suggest the beauty of the local area and in particular the golden aspects of the tussock and autumn colours alongside the rock and schist of the mountains.

Rooms are also fitted with new wifi connectivity ports, LCD TVs, Bluetooth audio compatibility, and a flexible work station for guests staying on business.

In addition to the guest rooms refresh, Mercure Queenstown’s lobby has striking new furniture, carpets and bespoke lighting, while still allowing the view outside to be the most prominent feature. The hotel hallways have been refreshed to round out the refurbishment.

Positive, seamless makeover

Mercure Queenstown’s general manager, Simon Harper, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that the guest reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from those who stay with us often. The new bathrooms are one of the biggest ‘wow’ factors – aside from the lake views of course, and we’re really delighted with how the makeover seamlessly blends in with the hotel’s surroundings.

“The refurbishment has also meant the hotel has lifted its status with New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality, Qualmark becoming a 4-star graded hotel, which is a welcome achievement.”

Mercure is the midscale non-standardised brand of AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator with 3,800 hotels and 180,000 employees in 92 countries. The Mercure network spans 732 hotels in 55 countries, representing a significant alternative to standardised or independent hotels. Room rates at Mercure Queenstown start from $NZD 139 per room per night.

About Brent Leslie, Industry Reporter

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