Sinking in to my bed at The Spire was bliss and that's not just the red eye flight talking. A multitude of firm but fluffy pillows (none of those thin, useless fillers here) and silken sheets have you wrapped up for a cosy stay in chilly Queenstown.
Sitting by the fire in my Herman Miller lounger, sipping on a glass of local Chardonnay, it's hard to be enticed to leave the room. A simple switch gets the gas fire going and the mini bar is included (excludes alcoholic beverages) making getting up that much harder.
Running a bath, with The Spire's Molton Brown products, I push open the bathroom shutters to a view of my TV. It's so fabulous that I forget I'm on the doorstep of Queenstown's incredible mountains and lakes.
My room comes with sliding doors opening to an outdoor space perfect for summer dining. Grab some olives and cheese from their restaurant No5 Church Lane and you have the best spot for watching the sun go down over the Gondola.
With a menu focusing heavily on grazing, pizzas and wine, No5 Church Lane serves up simple food, done well. The breakfast menu has favourites such as house made granola and local berries or french toast with poached pears and lemon mascarpone, using produce from the South Island.
Keeping it small, The Spire's ten suites, are truly luxury with designer furniture touches from Eames and Starck. The hotel itself is curated with art and decor that has an ecclectic inspiration of Japanese pieces, modern styling and abstract art, without being over the top.
Turn down comes with home made fudge (more please) and service is smooth despite Queenstown having a reputation for transient staff. Located on the quaint Church Lane, with speakeasy bars only a short stroll away, The Spire is a breath of fresh designer air in a heavy tourist town.
ROOM PICK: Laneway Suite
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
RATES: Starting at $600 NZD per night including breakfast and evening cocktails if booked directly with the hotel.
IN ROOM: Included mini bar (except alcoholic beverages) with crisps, chocolates, fruit and soft drinks. Turn down service with bottles of water and house made treats. Molton Brown spa products.
CHILDREN: Can be accomodated for, but this hotel has an adult vibe.
I stayed courtesy of The Spire Hotel.