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Hotel St Moritz
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Idyllically located in the heart of delightful Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. With breathtaking views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz has gained somewhat of an iconic status.
Combining a refreshing blend of stylish understatement overlaid with warmth and genuine hospitality – there is little pretence here, allowing guests to immerse fully into the natural alpine environment of the Queenstown region. Sophisticated interiors are reminiscent of an upscale mountain lodge, and the classic lodge facilities include an outdoor hot tub garden, boutique gymnasium, and sauna. Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms, suites, and apartments, each handsomely appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials.
The multi award-winning Hotel St Moritz was honoured to be inducted into Tourism New Zealand’s Hall of Fame in 2004 for winning ‘Premium Hotel’ in New Zealand for three consecutive years. After a mandatory stand down period, the hotel was the first to re-enter the awards to celebrate the hotel’s 10th birthday, refurbishment and entry into Accor’s exclusive MGallery collection – winning ‘Best Hotel and Resort’ and ‘Best Visitor Accommodation’ at the 2008 New Zealand Tourism Awards.
Queenstown is considered New Zealand’s capital of adventure – a destination for a voyage of discovery at the bottom of the world. The resort is a popular destination with skiers and snowboarders in the winter and cyclists, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts year round.
The interior design and decor of Hotel St Moritz’s 134 rooms, suites and apartments convey an understated elegance which is complemented by richly decorated and wooden furnishings. An eclectic mix of colour and texture create a sense of warmth set against the backdrop of dramatic lake views.
The spaciousness of the guest rooms are a defining element of the hotel, with the suites and apartments a true residence from which to explore the surrounding region. All guest rooms at Hotel St Moritz feature king size beds, ensuite bathrooms, bespoke bathrobes, high speed internet access, a dedicated work area, spacious dining and living areas in suites, iPod docks, a mini-bar and luxury Aigner bathroom amenities.
The award-winning Lombardi Restaurant boasts enthralling views of dramatic mountains, lake and the charming township of Queenstown. Attracting locals and in-house guests alike, the offering here is compelling. From the relaxed and convivial bar to the brassiere-style dining room, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of dining style to suit mood and moment. The Library also serves as a private dining room for intimate occasions. Lombardi Restaurant and Bar presents a carefully crafted wine list that focuses on the famous Pinot Noir variety renowned in the Central Otago region. Hotel St Moritz has won numerous accolades for its fare including Best Restaurant in Queenstown, Chef of the Year – Monteiths’ Wild Food Challenge and most recently, Best Lamb Dish in Central Otago at the New Zealand Beef and Lamb Awards.
Catering to conference and incentive groups, Hotel St Moritz launched an informal Private Dinner menu named “South”. Served in The Den, the fare is entirely organic and matched with an organic wine selection. Perfect for up to 40 guests, dishes are served to the table in a succession of courses in classic St Moritz style to taste and share. Drawing on all the senses, this dining experience is made complete with its own soundtrack and scent (from fresh thyme).
Hotel St Moritz has been awarded the highest accolade for responsible tourism in New Zealand, the Qualmark Enviro-Gold certification. St Moritz has implemented a raft of environmental initiatives, some of which are designed to encourage guests to become more involved in reducing their impact on the environment. For example, each room has recycling bags for paper and plastics, a guest recycling receptacle is situated in the car park, and guests can opt to reuse towels and sheets as part of “Trees for Survival”, an initiative by Accor that involves the local primary who will grow and nurture native seedlings for planting in key neighbourhood areas. Lombardi Restaurant sources local produce where possible and even makes homemade house feta. The unique South dinner also features organic local fare.