The ten best hotels in Australia and New Zealand have been announced in the annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – and there’s just one Kiwi property among them.
The Langham, Melbourne took out the title, lauded by the luxury travel publication for its “old-fashioned opulence, which channels the great hotels of London and New York”. It topped the list ahead of runner-up and last year’s winner, Perth’s COMO The Treasury.
QT Wellington at seventh was the only NZ contender to make the list, it’s sister QT Sydney placing tenth.
The 180-room Wellington hotel boasts the largest private art collection in Aotearoa and recently launched Gallery 4, an entire floor dedicated to the display of artworks on the walls of guest rooms. It is home to the French-inspired Hippopotamus restaurant and Asian-fusion eaterie Hot Sauce.
Australia’s The Lancemore group scored two top ten placements with its beautiful Victorian country properties of Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill at third and Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park at ninth.
Greek-inspired Brisbane retreat The Calile was placed at number four, with the Byron Bay seaside escape Halcyon House at five and CBD favourites Four Seasons Hotel Sydney at six and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins at eight.
More than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted responses rating their travel experiences to provide a snapshot of favourite holiday accommodation.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and arguably most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.
Norman Arundel, director of hotel and resort operations for owners EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment, said: “A QT hotel is more than just a hotel. It’s a world-class destination where travellers and locals come to check out of ordinary and reconnect with the best versions of themselves.
“We are incredibly proud that QT Wellington and QT Sydney have been recognised yet again by one of the world’s most reputable travel publications, highlighting our commitment to providing our visitors and guests with a truly memorable QT experience.”