QT Hotels & Resorts today unveils the first look at the highly-anticipated QT Auckland. With its doors set to open later this year, QT Auckland is now accepting bookings to stay and play in Viaduct Harbour’s newest hub for quirky luxury from 1st November 2020. Creating a world less conventional in the heart of Auckland, the new waterfront playground will bring a transformative escape to each individual guest.
The award-winning QT Hotel Group is one of New Zealand and Australia’s most loved and dynamic hotel brands, blending the perfect mix of design, luxury, people and critically-acclaimed food and beverage outlets to deliver its widely recognised signature service. QT has pioneered the philosophy of ‘expect the unexpected’, with every property delivering an experience and design that combine local influences and lashings of quirk, ensuring each hotel is a character in its own right. QT Auckland is no exception, celebrating its city surrounds and reflecting the harbourside locale.
Complementing the much-loved QT Queenstown and QT Wellington, QT Auckland is the third QT property in New Zealand and has been designed with the natural, wild beauty of the city’s surrounding landscape in mind.
Long-time QT collaborator and designer Nic Graham in conjunction with the Event Hospitality and Entertainment design team have curated the contemporary yet timeless design. The design flows through the 150 rooms and suites, public spaces and meeting rooms, and carries through to the restaurant and rooftop bar. Harnessing the idea that beauty lies within, the theme of discovery is a central narrative throughout the designer hotel experience.
Drawing inspiration from the oyster and oyster trawler, Graham has created a visual feast. The oyster’s influence can be seen throughout the design – the rough, raw and natural textures of the outside of the shell juxtaposed with the smooth, clean and luxurious nature of the inside. New Zealand’s natural hues lend themselves to the colour scheme, mingling with bold block colours for contrast. Each room’s furniture and décor also celebrate this rare beauty, mixing warmth and texture. Exposed concrete and brass accents feature alongside plush sofas, luxurious rugs and sassy furniture.
Nic Graham said: “We have blended contrast and quirk for QT Auckland as we have with each unique QT Property. The idea was onset by my first visit to Auckland and a dozen oysters – the salty sweet is a metaphor for the design, where we have elevated the bold use of colour and created a cocooning interior that uses interesting local materials and suppliers, adding to the harbour-based neighbourhood narrative of QT Auckland.
“We have mixed custom furniture with found objects and iconic originals, creating an unmistakeable QT experience. Bold environmental graphics draw from the wonderlands of the NZ coast and we proudly support local and international artists throughout the hotel.”
Whilst design is an important ingredient to the QT philosophy, each QT hotel across New Zealand and Australia blends personalised guest experiences, unforgettable dining and a signature touch of quirk.
Delivering on this philosophy and leading the QT Auckland team is General Manager Doron Whaite. With a 15-year hospitality career including roles at QT Sydney and QT Perth, Whaite and the team will bring QT Auckland to life with the same energy and vibrancy guests have come to love from the QT brand.
Doron Whaite said: “The experience philosophy behind each QT is to ‘expect the unexpected’. QT Auckland will certainly deliver this, with unpredictable twists across art and design, throughout the dining outlets, and amplified through our people, delivering a highly-personalised signature service to each guest.
“QT Auckland will be a truly immersive experience. Channelling the local neighbourhood while adding QT’s luxuriously quirky design, it’s unlike anything the Auckland hotel market has seen before. With stunning waterfront views and QT’s signature dining concepts, we can’t wait for locals and visitors to experience what will undoubtedly be one of Auckland’s finest hotels.”
With public spaces bursting with local artwork and private function space steps from the water, QT Auckland will also boast a signature dining concept in collaboration with celebrated international chef Sean Connolly and a rooftop bar that offers sweeping views of Viaduct Harbour.
QT Auckland is being developed in partnership with Russell Property Group and Lockwood Property Group. Located at 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, QT Auckland will be the tenth QT Hotel and the third in New Zealand, joining QT Wellington and QT Queenstown.
QT Auckland is now accepting bookings from 1st November. For more information and to make a booking, visit qthotels.com/auckland.