The new Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park. Photo / Provided
Vera Alves enjoys a quiet, child-free night at the new Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park in Queenstown.
Getting There : Queenstown’s newest Holiday Inn is located in Remarkables Park, a short drive or even walk from Queenstown Airport. Not to be confused with other Holiday Inn suites on Frankton Rd closer to the center of Queenstown.
First impressions: The first word that comes to mind is comfort. From the look and feel of the foyer to the layout of the restaurant and bar, the entire space blends seamlessly, like a large living room. When I arrived some people were playing board games in the lounge area by reception while a couple had a quiet afternoon drink in the bar.
Perfect for: The hotel is the perfect place to explore Queenstown, beyond (but also) its more adventurous attractions. Located outside the bustling town center, it is ideal for families looking for some peace and quiet after a day on the slopes or on the trails. It is surrounded by all the amenities one could need including a supermarket within walking distance.
Recording experience: The staff were polite and welcoming, and the check-in experience was quick and seamless.
Rooms: My room consisted of a living room, a bedroom and a spacious bathroom, with two sinks, a bathtub and a separate shower. There is attention to detail and care in all things, including the use of eco-friendly Soak toiletries dispensers. The design and furnishings are modern yet comfortable. There was a large TV, free WiFi and a coffee machine, so all in all the essentials for a great day and night away from home. The bed was large and comfortable, with crisp sheets and pillows that you only find in really good hotels. A small side table and chair by the window provided the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee in front of the Remarkables.
Food and drink: The hotel’s Giants restaurant is a great place to relax, have a drink and eat well. I’m glad I didn’t make the mistake of forgetting the crispy-skinned South Island salmon and congratulating myself on choosing the mushroom risotto as a side. Giants also offers a selection of local beers on tap to really give customers a taste of Queenstown. Breakfast was also a real treat, with all the usual suspects cooked to perfection and a coffee that will set you up for the day ahead.
Accessibility: The hotel has eight accessible rooms, with features such as lowered peepholes, visual emergency alarms, lowered vanity and towel racks, roll-in showers with fold-down seats and handrails in the bathrooms. bathrooms, and more.
Durability: The hotel demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability during and after construction. Before opening, all the cardboard from unpacking and installation was directly recycled (2.74 tonnes), 9 cubic meters of flexible plastic packaging were directly recycled and 28 bags of polystyrene packaging, i.e. 84 cubic meters, were collected by Expol to be reused as material insulation in new constructions. Now 52% of hotel waste is diverted from landfill, an advanced building management system ensures minimal energy consumption in unoccupied rooms, and guests use wooden key cards to reduce plastic waste not recycled. There are also no single-use water bottles or paper coffee cups in the hotel.
Overall experience: I visited the hotel at the height of the school holiday madness, when the children had been home for over a month and were becoming increasingly difficult to entertain. The opportunity to visit came at the perfect time to hand over the reins of the house to my husband and allow me 24 hours of absolute “me time”. It was a short trip for me as I am based in Wānaka which helped me feel guilty for letting go while the family stayed home. The location of the hotel made it ideal for me and the things I like to do when I have time to myself. Altitude Brewing isn’t too far away, so I could grab a quiet beer at one of my favorite spots, and the hotel is surrounded by great shopping to get just the right amount of retail therapy. Most of all, I enjoyed the peace and the calm feeling of having a quiet space all to myself for the first time in a long time. It got me thinking about how important it is for parents to have those quiet moments, whenever they can, and I’m determined to give myself that gift again. Next time you’re thinking of getting a mom a massage or a manicure, may I suggest you treat her to a night alone at a nearby hotel? Honestly, let’s make it a thing.
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