The Coronet Peak Hotel in Arthur's Point, Queenstown, has
been rebranded the Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown
before its major refurbishment over the next six-months.
Photo by James Beech
The closest visitor accommodation to Coronet Peak
skifield will relaunch as a four-star resort next April after a
$4 million refurbishment.
New signage - ''Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown''-
replacing ''Coronet Peak Hotel'', is one of the first visible
signs of change at the Arthurs Point property.
A new general manager, Marcus Keenan, formerly of Rotorua,
has been installed and groundworks have started. The owner of
the property, Queenstown Resort Hotels Ltd, is finalising
details of the
refurbishment, which will also add another four rooms to the
existing 78 en-suite rooms.
Additional conference and meeting space and outdoor hot tubs
The renovation is due to be finished in six months. By then
the venue should also boast a 10-pin bowling alley, petanque,
volleyball, croquet, badminton, and ski-waxing facilities, as
well as a spa and sauna.
Group business development director Oliver Faull, of
Auckland, told the Otago Daily Times yesterday Swiss-Belhotel
International took over management of the hotel on August 13.
''It's going from a reasonably tired product to a really good
four-star hotel with a few more facilities and totally
refurbished, so we can upgrade the occupancy and the average
room-rate,'' Mr Faull said.
''Hopefully, you won't be able to recognise it. It'll be a
lot better looking.''
The resort will remain open during the refurbishment. The
first rooms to be overhauled will open for guests early next
Staff are being retained with the possibility of more
employment next year, Mr Faull said.
''We're going to leverage off our Australian and
international databases and guests at other hotels,'' Mr
Faull said, with Queenstown promoted as part of the package.
''We're going to take the property forward and it's business
''Swiss-Belhotel is a company coming home to its Kiwi roots,
so it's good to be home.''
Family firm comes home
- Swiss-Belhotel International manages a portfolio of more
than 120 hotels and resorts, of two- to five-star
classifications, in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Australia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman,
Saudi Arabia and now New Zealand.
- The chairman and president of Swiss-Belhotel International
is New Zealander Gavin Faull, whose three New Zealand sons
have joined or will soon join the business in offices around
the group's countries.