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The Rees Hotel Queenstown wins ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ for the 2nd year in a row at the 16th Annual HM Awards

September 11, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email


The Rees Hotel Queenstown was again the winner of the prestigious ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ Award at the 2018 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held at the ICC in Sydney on Friday night. The award was hotly contested with a high calibre of entries. The achievement caps an outstanding year for The Rees with the highly anticipated opening of its luxury Lakeside Residences and an array of new hotel initiatives, culinary events and more international awards.

The HM Awards are the leading industry awards in the region and celebrate the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Over 1500 different properties are nominated each year for the HM Awards with finalists and winners decided by a judging panel of 20 industry professionals and travel media. The Rees was nominated as a finalist in five categories: ‘Best New Zealand Hotel’ (won previously), ‘Best General Manager’ (won previously by Mark Rose), ‘Best Hotel Chef’ (won previously by Mr Batterbury), ‘Best Communications Associate’ (Caroline Davidson) and ‘Australasian Hotel of the Year’.

General Manager Mark Rose has been responsible for The Rees Hotel’s continued success and impressive growth since its opening in 2009. He recently oversaw the construction and implementation of five luxury Lakeside Rees Residences as well as the introduction of groundbreaking housekeeping technology Optii keeper and the Hotel’s ‘Rees Bees’ apiary eco initiative amongst many other achievements.

The Rees’ Lakeside Residences

These initiatives, along with the outstanding level of service and hospitality at The Rees, have further secured its reputation as an exceptional luxury Queenstown accommodation choice.

Mr Rose said, “It is an absolute honour to accept this award on behalf of The Rees Hotel Queenstown. We are truly blessed with an incredible team and their commitment, effort and support make this accomplishment possible. Each year we strive not only to meet but exceed guests’ expectations. This award is a great reminder that we are maintaining an outstanding level of excellence”.

Mark Rose, General Manager of The Rees Hotel Queenstown

In other awards, The Rees Hotel was crowned ‘Best New Zealand Ski Hotel’ at the 2017 World Ski Awards and this year achieved two of the NZ tourism sector’s highest official marks of quality, the ‘Qualmark 5 Star Hotel and Gold Tourism Business Sustainability Awards’ for the second year running. The Rees’ fine dining restaurant True South Dining Room was also awarded a 2018 Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’.



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