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September, 2017

One of Queenstowns finest boutique hotels, Hotel St Moritz, has
unveiled its new-look rooms and suites following a multi-million-dollar
refurbishment completed to coincide with the start of the resorts
vibrant summer season.

This charming and singular property, a member of the global MGallery
by Sofitel collection, revealed its $4million-plus room transformation as
a result of joining the Sofitel universe.

Renowned interior designer Stewart Harris has delivered elegant,
residential, handsome and desirable touches to the hotels 134 rooms
and suites, following the completion of its stunning bathrooms last year.
Mr Harris has worked with the hotel since its development in 1998 and
has delivered a distinguished design retaining the hotels charming
alpine character. His brief was to firmly reflect the Central Otago
landscape, and to bring a sense of cocooning and serenity to the special

Hotel St Moritz general manager Jo Finnigan expressed her delight with
the new look and is certain that the renovation will continue to elevate
the boutique hotel in the luxury market.

Hotel St Moritzs unique personality is perfectly matched with the
open-minded character of the MGallery by Sofitel brand, and Im
delighted with how Stewart has animated our personality through this
design, she says.
Stewarts design embodies the style, stories and allure of Queenstown
with a whimsical twist. He cleverly brings together charming with

The refurbishment demonstrates our owners obsession with quality
and Im convinced well remain a one-of-a-kind as theres zero
homogeny in this building!

Rooms feature carefully selected artwork showcasing local rural fauna,
including an earnest Hare fondly named Bruce after a regular guest.
A touch of Scottish heritage married with the regions charm comes to
the fore with tartan cushions offset with deep velvets in rich ochre,
deep teal and copper. Autumnal colours throughout also reflect the
local landscape.
The thoughtful touches include bespoke gold and cream herringbone
woollen throws in each suite, designed by Ms Finnigan.

Kitchenettes in each suite have been replaced with a modern wet bar,
albeit functional kitchen appliances such as toasters and microwaves
remain. All suites now feature a Nespresso machine for those essential
coffee moments.

Staying connected to the outside world is easy with new and enhanced
cabling ensuring high-speed internet and brand-new Smart TVs featured
throughout the hotel bring a new level of entertainment to the

Hotel St Moritz was developed by owner and original developer Graham
Wilkinson in 1998. The hotel is currently New Zealands only MGallery by
Sofitel property, joining a collection of 90 boutique hotels around the

AccorHotels senior vice president operations, New Zealand, Fiji and
Polynesia Gillian Millar says todays guests are enamoured by the
MGallery by Sofitel brand, seeking to show in, rather than show off.
Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown embodies the understated luxury of the
brand, and this tremendous refurbishment reinforces that, she says.
Their timing is impeccable, as Queenstowns visitor demand is
unprecedented, particularly at the luxury end of the spectrum.


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