Museum Hotel Wellington QT

Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) is set to take its hip QT brand to New Zealand, following the purchase of the 163-room Museum Art Hotel in Wellington for NZD $28.5 million.

Developed and owned by well-known Wellington identity Chris Parkin, the sale is expected to complete in early August.

Following completion of a refurbishment, AHL Group Managing Director David Seargeant said it was expected that the property would be rebranded under the company’s designer brand QT.

“We very much admire what Chris has created with the Museum Art Hotel and believe it will be a great fit with our QT brand,” Seargeant said.

“We are also excited that Chris has agreed to continue his association with the Hotel as an ambassador.”

Amalgamated also operates Rydges Hotels and Event Cinemas in the New Zealand market.

Hotels - IQ behind the QT

“This sale to QT Hotels leaves me deeply satisfied,” Parkin said. “Ironically, much of the inspiration for our recent renovation program came from the Sydney QT Hotel, a design triumph.

“So, after 22 years of building the Museum Art Hotel brand, I took their offer as a signal that it was the right time to move on.

“In my opinion QT Hotels is the only brand in Australasia fully compatible with the spirit of the Museum Art Hotel.

“I’m confident they can transition the brand without losing the magic and over time create something even greater.

“I look forward to continuing to assist them in a non-executive capacity, particularly with the curation of our art collection.

“I also look forward to having more time to devote to the betterment of Arts and Culture in Wellington,” Parkin said.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management