Our Hotel History, Scenic Suites Queenstown
Scenic Suites Queenstown was originally developed by Robert Brown Developments in 2001 and was finished in time for the 2001 ski season – a very tight schedule that saw workers still finishing off the building as the first guests arrived. The hotel went from empty to 100% full in a single week.
The second building of its type, the Suites created quite a stir when they were first developed, with the then Mayor, Warren Cooper, accusing the building of being over height restrictions. Radical for the time, the building featured in the local newspaper, Mountain Scene. Although older apartment style places already existed in Queenstown, the style and aesthetic of the Suites began a new era of apartment-style buildings in the town.
The hotel restaurant, the Hillside Brasserie, began life as a mess hall for the first Manapouri hydroelectricity tunnel project. The owner of the hotel at the time was told he needed a restaurant if he wished to attract tour groups, so he trucked the building up to the hotel as a ‘temporary measure’ and it’s still here.
Due to a lack of insulation in the old days, when it first arrived, the owner used to keep the room cool in summer by placing a garden sprinkler on the roof to keep the temperature down. Fortunately time and convenience has caught up with the restaurant and it is now air conditioned for guests’ comfort.