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The Spire Queenstown’s new young-gun owners

Amelia Gain (L) and Lucy Gain (R), owners of The Spire Queenstown

Stylish, sophisticated and contemporary, multi-award-winning The Spire Queenstown is a personable and inviting boutique hotel with two new owners at the helm bringing a fresh approach to hospitality in Queenstown.

Queenstown sisters Lucy and Amelia Gain have brought a keen eye for detail to the property, ensuring guests revel in an enjoyable and memorable stay with a level of service that’s second to none.

At just 22 and 24 years old, and only five months into the role, they are already reaping the benefits of changes they’ve made to the property. These include launching a new bar with a classic twist, bringing a much-lauded chef into the property who’s already attracting a loyal clientele of fans, and staging prestigious winter and fashion events.

Next month they plan to re-launch the intimate hotel restaurant, which has been reconfigured to seat more diners, with an exciting Thai-inspired à la carte menu.

Highlights of the menu, created by head chef Suranalong Jaipong (also known as Pieak) will be his outstanding Red Duck Curry and the already popular Coconut Salad.

Also in the pipeline is a new winter breakfast menu created and inspired by French pastry chef Jean-Baptiste Munduteguy, who recently joined the team.  

“We’ve definitely both been putting in the hard work and long hours over the past five months, but we’re enthusiastic and passionate about making this business an overriding success,” said Lucy.

“We have an up and coming feature in Urbis magazine as one of the top design hotels in the world, and over winter we’re hosting the VIP Members Lounge for the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games.”

Featuring ten spacious, luxurious and thoughtfully appointed rooms, guests at The Spire enjoy the finest contemporary furniture and furnishings, subtle lighting and superior linens.

Rooms feature super king or twin single beds and each has an interactive multimedia and plasma television system, WiFi and ipod connectivity, a large covered balcony overlooking the heart of Queenstown, a spacious bathroom with large bath and separate shower, and even a pillow menu.

The rooms exude total comfort with a contemporary design edge, showcasing iconic art alongside Charles Eames chairs, Philippe Starck lamps, and New Zealand possum throws.

The discretely chic entrance to The Spire, surrounded by art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutique shopping, opens into a welcoming space that is the home of cool opulence.

A visit to the new N°5 Bar reveals a chic sophisticated décor and a contemporary twist on classic cocktails and drinks. The name is in homage to renowned perfume and fashion label Chanel N°5.

A stunning cocktail list has been custom-designed by champion ‘mixologist’ Jason Clark, and wine list compiled by award-winning sommelier Paul Tudgay.

Every item in the bar from the spirits to the shakers to the glassware has been carefully hand-picked, the bar also features a premium spirit selection, boutique New Zealand beers and a premium cigar range.

For businesses, The Spire Chamber caters for conferences of up to 12 people and for private functions and dinners. The exclusive executive boardroom and conference facility combines state-of-the-art technology with restrained elegance.

The Spire Chamber is available for hire as a stand-alone facility with its own entrance, or as part of an all inclusive Spire for Hire accommodation/conference package.

The Spire Queenstown has recently been nominated in four categories in the 2011 World Travel Awards. These are for Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel, Australasia’s Leading Ski Resort, New Zealand’s Leading Boutique Hotel and New Zealand’s Leading Ski Resort.

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