New Zealand’s Most Expensive Hotel Room to Open in Queenstown

New Zealand’s Most Expensive Hotel Room to Open in Queenstown

Queenstown is gearing up for a new class of ultra-rich tourists, as one of its hotels opens the most expensive suite in the country.

The Penthouse is a part of a $6 million expansion of Eichardt’s Private Hotel, including a new 200-seat restaurant and two lavish hotel lakeview suites.

New Zealand's Most Expensive Hotel Room to Open in Queenstown

The hotel is owned by Melbourne-based Kiwi businessman Andrew Cox who also owns another Queenstown hotel, The Spire. Both won awards in the world luxury hotel awards last week.

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While a night at the Spire might cost $550, and a suite at Eichardt’s might cost up to $1700, The Penthouse will cost a budget-blowing $10,000 and it will be a definite step up in terms of quality, Cox promises.

New Zealand's Most Expensive Hotel Room to Open in Queenstown

“You get a 240 square metre hotel suite, with a kitchen, lounge, dining area, and 100sqm balcony looking out over the lake. You get bottomless Krug champagne, you get a chauffeur, you get a chef, you get a butler, so it’s pretty nice.”

As well as 180-degree views over Lake Wakatipu, the Penthouse will also offer after-hours VIP shopping with brand partners in the town, a terrace spa, a private sauna and a Land Rover for that chauffeur. Cox says he has a fair idea of what hotels are charging in New Zealand and is confident it is the most expensive room. 

New Zealand's Most Expensive Hotel Room to Open in Queenstown

“Certainly there are a couple of lodges that are more expensive but this is a hotel suite of two rooms in the heart of – Queenstown’s not quite a city but a downtown metropolitan area.”Despite its price tag, demand for the waterfront suite is expected to be strong among North Americans, Europeans and Australians.

Cox said the hotel was preparing itself for a new ultra high-net worth clientele. A small but discerning group of powerful visitors already frequented Queenstown, usually by private plane.