The new building about to commence on the site adjoining Eichardt’s has everyone excited about the prospect of more luxury suites on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu. One of the most highly valued pieces of real estate on Queenstown’s waterfront will be home to the country’s most expensive hotel suite, commanding up to $10,000 per night for sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding peaks. Skyline Enterprises has begun work on the $6 million, 781m2 high-end premium site in the heart of the resort town’s CBD, with Eichardt’s Private Hotel announced as tenants for a penthouse apartment and two further Lakefront suites to meet growing visitor demand for luxury accommodation.
The expansion takes the luxury hotel’s capacity to 7 suites, with the 240sqm penthouse suite (plus 100sqm balcony) featuring a commercial grade kitchen primed for private chef usage, two suites each with ensuites, a sauna, spa and even a powder room with uninhibited views across the picture-perfect lake. Last May a private jet terminal was opened in Queenstown to cope with the large volume of private planes frequenting the alpine town, primarily transporting occupants from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Skyline Enterprises CEO Jeff Staniland says the location and opportunity of the development is unmatched providing premier access to the best view in town. “Queenstown is known for its forward-thinking and considered hospitality, and we have been careful to reflect the history of Eichardt’s in our modern design. It is exciting that this world-class hotel is a key part of our development, and we look forward to announcing our retail partners in due course.” The building design includes decks and terraces at the upper levels, with the deck at the upper floor level enabling that part of the building to be set back from Marine Parade so it does not dominate the street. The foyer entrance melds the old with the new and will be modified to provide a central and private gateway between the new build and the hotel’s well-known Bar and private guest Parlour.