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QT Hotels Celebrate Double Win In Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Posted on: 06 October 2021

QT properties across New Zealand take home 11 coveted industry awards this season

QT Hotels & Resorts earned two prestigious rankings in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, with QT Wellington and QT Queenstown both named to the Top 10 list of best hotels in Australia and New Zealand. The Reader’s Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition in the travel industry.

For the second consecutive year, QT Wellington and QT Queenstown were the only New Zealand properties to be recognised, with their fellow category awardees located in Australia.

Known for its gallery-inspired design and culinary excellence with signature restaurants Hippopotamus and Hot Sauce, QT Wellington earned the #3 spot – marking its fourth year to place in the Top 10.

The pinnacle of alpine luxury and home to Bazaar, Reds Bar and the new dining concept Lil Red, QT Queenstown came in right on its sister property’s heels at #4, claiming its place on the Top 10 list for the second year in a row.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next.

Callum Kennedy, Group General Manager, QT Hotels & Resorts says: “In a year when we didn’t have the luxury of welcoming international guests, we’re blown away by the support from New Zealanders, our friends in Australia who enjoyed a short-but-sweet window to visit, and all the armchair travellers and past guests further afield who were reminiscing on holiday memories with QT.”

Since New Zealand’s borders closed, QT has added a new property to its New Zealand portfolio in late 2020. The tenth in the QT group, the highly successful QT Auckland is no stranger to the award limelight, adding its own collection of awards to QT New Zealand’s accolades.

QT hotels across New Zealand have gone from strength to strength in 2021, with design elements and food and beverage outlets recognised with a bevy of awards, including:

  • Paul Davis Hotel Design, Best Refurbishment Australasia – QT Auckland
  • Restaurant & Bar Design Award, Shortlist, Australia & Pacific Hotel Restaurant – Esther, QT Auckland
  • PR Awards Asia, Integrated Marketing, Silver – QT Auckland
  • VIVA Restaurant Awards, Top 50 – Esther, QT Auckland
  • Metro Top 50 Restaurants of the Year – Esther, QT Auckland
  • Metro Young Chef Scholarship – Prince Sharma, Esther, QT Auckland
  • Remix Lifestyle Awards, Bar of the Year – Rooftop at QT, QT Auckland
  • Wine Spectator, Best of Award of Excellence – Hippopotamus, QT Wellington
  • Capital Magazine Best of Wellington Awards, Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Hippopotamus, QT Wellington

Kennedy says, “These awards are a true testament to the passionate and talented QT team who deliver our highly individualised signature service throughout our hubs of quirky luxury.”

The 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

For more information about QT Hotels and each property’s offerings, visit

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