July, 2019Downtown Queenstowns plush new Ramada Queenstown Central on the
corner of Stanley Street and Frankton Road is on schedule to open at
the start of September.
The 131-room hotel being built by Safari Developments will be a mix of
hotel rooms and apartment-style offerings, but on a larger scale to the
companys two earlier Queenstown developments. These include the 54
apartment-style Ramada Remarkables Park property and the 75-room
Ramada Queenstown Central will have a breakdown of 62 hotel rooms,
60 studio apartments, four one-bedroom apartments and five two-
bedroom apartments. The majority of these rooms will boast incredible
panoramic views that take in everything from the Remarkables
mountain range, Lake Wakatipu, across to the Queenstown Golf Club at
Kelvin Heights, and around to Walter Peak and the Skyline Gondola hill.
Greg Ewen and his wife Pauline have been appointed general managers
of the new property and are preparing for the transition and handover
of Ramada Remarkables Park, which theyve managed for three years
since it opened on June 12, 2106. Greg brings well over 20 years of
experience in hotel management to the role this is his sixth. Together
Greg and Pauline, who has a property management, tourism
background, have worked on various hotel projects, including a
successful rebranding for Choice Hotels Quality Suites Kaikoura.
Theyve also enjoyed a dream role managing Tamanu Beach Resort on
the beautiful island of Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands. Both North Islanders
originally, Greg and Pauline are now firmly entrenched in the South
The couple say theyre excited about the prospect of managing the new
Queenstown hotel which will target the FIT (free independent traveller)
and group market. Ramadas airport location in Frankton, and close
proximity to 5 Mile and the Glenda Drive commercial hub, has ensured a
strong corporate clientele with needs quite different to those of a
tourist, says Greg.
With the new central Queenstown hotels September opening comes a
smart new restaurant, Redwoods, aptly named after the large sequoia
tree that is a prominent feature on the hotels property.
A licence is being sought but Greg, Pauline and the crew are
anticipating offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant
between 6am and 10pm, with the bar operating between 12 noon and
Despite opening three hotels in the Wakatipu Basin within three years,
Greg says Safari Developments and Marsden Group are far from
finished developing in the area, with another site about to get
underway down by the Kawarau River in Remarkables Park. Although
there are natural ebbs and flows the outlook for tourism in Queenstown
remains strong, says Greg. For Ramada, as a brand under the Wyndham
umbrella, there are business advantages too due to being part of the
worlds largest hotel company with such significant global reach.
Source: The Flyer
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