The Spire Hotel is an ultra-modern hideaway located on Church Lane, a luxury boutique hotel that rests in the heart of Queenstown that successfully combines style with stellar service.
Overlooking St Patricks Church, this sleek sanctuary was awarded in 2012 by the World Travel Awards as Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel and New Zealand’s Leading Ski Resort.
Offering ten extremely spacious suites that have been carefully designed to maximise on the much-needed R&R (rest and relaxation) before and after a long day exploring the sights. Each room features a super king or twin bedding, multimedia system, WIFI, large balcony – perfect for having a glass of wine and in-house cured meat charcuterie board, a walk-in wardrobe, and a luxurious bathroom. Iconic pieces that fill the luxury suite, without overbearing in clutter include a chaise longue, Charles Eames chair, writing desk, and a gas fireplace.
“Once you’ve stayed a night in The Spire, you’ll find it hard to leave” famous words from the Guest Relations Manager as she showed me around the hotel.
Unlike other five star properties around the world, The Spire never comprises on the level of service to their guests. Being a boutique hotel, you’ll find yourself as being a part of the family, where everyone genuinely wants to know how your day was spent and more importantly – how they can help tailor/personalise your next day trip.
Think, the ultimate adventure; heli-surfing/skiing/snowboarding in search for the perfect ride; perhaps a private wine experience tour of Central Otago – famous for its Pinot Noir; enjoy the South Island’s best golf course all within 20 minutes drive from the hotel; or kick back on the art and culture of the land.
A visit to No5 Church Lane, with Chef William Eaglesfield, true gastronomy heaven. Name sound familiar? Chef also looks after the prominent Eichardt’s Bar within Eichardt’s Private Hotel. Both these hotels are linked under the Imperium Group.
Staying true to his words, emphasis is always on local, fresh and original produce. No5 Church Lane has a Mediterranean Mezze share plate approach to its dining and seasonal highlights for the traditional a-la-carte diners. No5 provides both an intimate dinner date scenario with it mood lighting to the ideal ambiance for entertaining. Early evening cocktails with uber aficionados, THE après-ski venue during the snow season. The bar frequently features resident DJ’s and special events.
Quite different to other five star restaurants where the motto has been “big plate small meals”. I can assure you the menu is quite substantial, and has a steady flow of local residents coming in for feed during the lunch hour. I asked a couple of locals of their thought on No5.
“Some days, the place is quiet enough (not empty) that I can enjoy a decent meal and chill out”. Guest had The Spire Burger, a local classic. Whilst other have taken to the Stonebaked Pizza, have in or have it on the go.
My evening meal entailed;
- Pulled Confit Wild Rabbit served chilled, pickled Bannockburn olives, caperberries and grilled sourdough.
- Chargrilled Cardrona Lamb Loin, local merino spice-rubbed, rosemary salsa verde, Jerusalem artichoke puree.
- Cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts, caramelised apple, mascarpone, and blackcurrant coulis
- Old fashion cocktail with Angostura 1824 with a twist
- Surveyor Thomson The Spire Pinot Noir 2011
- Signature cocktail, Le rouge Coco. Belvedere Vodka mixed with, a spiced raspberry puree, vanilla, lemon juice & egg white. Dusting of premium dark cocoa
It’s here where I got to experience international cuisine and the creative expressions of Spring’s cocktails. Don’t miss out on breakfast (included in the rate) where local and homemade Otago ingredients are featured. Saffron yoghurt sweetened with Otago honey and Bannockburn saffron, local blackberry coulis and oat clusters. Or for the savoury, the house-cured bacon and poached eggs with a homemade tomato relish.
Discreet sophistication and unstated luxury hotel matched with a legendary restaurant and cocktail bar. A vacation that ensures an unforgettable stay in the heart of Queenstown, perfect all year round.
A great video I found, that truly describes The Spire Hotel.