The stylish property is home to an extensive art collection, which now includes a rotating roster of paintings, sculptures, and oddities.
While this hotel still bears features from its previous incarnation as businessman-turned-art-collector Chris Parkinâ€™s Museum Art Hotel, a multimillion-dollar makeover by hip Australian brand QT has completely transformed most of the 163 rooms and public spaces. Curator Amanda Love was brought in to oversee the propertyâ€™s extensive art collection, which now includes a rotating roster of paintings, sculptures, and oddities. And staff uniforms have been replaced by â€ścostumesâ€ť created by Broadway designer Janet Hine. While the eye-popping decor in restaurant and cocktail bar Hippopotamus hasnâ€™t changed, the eateryâ€™s menu has been given a makeover, and itâ€™s been joined by Asian-fusion joint Hot Sauce. Refurbished rooms are quirky yet comfortable with black-brushed slate bathrooms, designer lamps, super-soft gel beds, and minibars stocked with artisanal treats from across the city. Each also displays a selection of books hand-picked by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which sits on the waterfront just across the street. This isnâ€™t the only alliance between the two establishments: QT Museum also offers guests a behind-the-scenes tour of the national institution.
64-4/802-8900; QT Museum Wellington; doublesâ€¨ from US$157
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2017: QT Museum Wellingtonâ€ť).