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Beyond the call of duty: The George

When it comes to The George, it’s all about the team behind the name.



The George is one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels. It didn’t get to be one of the most recognised hotels for fine dining and luxury hotel accommodation without the tenacious efforts behind the scene of dedicated staff who take pride in bringing the best in hotel accommodation to their guests.

Whether it’s Ryan Henley and his team of top line chefs at Pescatore who brought us May’s decadent degustation collaboration, or Keith Larson – a sommelier of fine distinction with his flair and in-depth knowledge of the world’s finest wines; perhaps it’s Steph Mitchell, the maître d’ who makes sure every aspect of your dining experience is brought to you with the utmost care. Either way, this service starts and finishes the moment you set foot in the hotel.


Mark West is the newest member of Les Clefs d’Or and has just received his golden lapel keys. Mark has been part of The George Concierge team for 15 years with his colleague Bryan Wilkinson who has also been an active Les Clefs d’Or member for 13 years.

“When you see a pair of crossed golden keys on the lapel of the concierge at The George, it means they have been rigorously tested and demonstrated a passion and knowledge to deliver excellence above and beyond the call of duty,” explains Brook Serene’s Managing Director Bruce Garrett. It’s a champion team which just happens to be comprised of champions who bring their excellence in service to you, their guests.



Hulbert House

Sumptuous Southern Spot: Hulbert House

There are hotels and then there is Hulbert House; a luxury boutique hotel in central Queenstown restored from an 1888 Victorian villa that comprises of six beautiful double suites, each with their own individual flair.


Hulbert House


All the suites have a stunning view over Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding alps. You can relax and enjoy everything that is good about Hulbert House – and there is so much. Breathtaking in its ornate furnishing and classic styling, the Palm Lounge is lush and rich. Breakfast is served here by the wonderful hosts, Jade and Jay, who also doubles as chef de cuisine.  With leather couches to recline in and have a beverage or two, and a kitchen/servery which plays host to just a few sumptuous morsels in the cookie jar, it’s not really a hotel but a place that feels more like the home of someone incredibly rich who just happens to be letting you use it.

The homestead has a rich history, from the Boult Suite named after Philip Burbage Boult, who was granted the land in 1876, to the Firth Suite, the beautiful room I resided in, named after Horatio Nelson Firth, whose family lived here between 1889 and 1901.
With its proximity to town there’s no need to stress about travel time to one of the stunning restaurants; the prestigious Rata is only a leisurely five-minute walk.  Located at 68 Ballarat Street, just a hop skip and a jump from central Queenstown, it’s the perfect location to explore Queenstown but also to host an engagement, wedding or function.  Not only does Hulbert House have the perfect venue, but also a welcoming staff who introduce you to the quintessential Queenstown experience – one of style and elegance. Reserve your room at Hulbert House, you won’t regret the experience.



The George

Meet, dine or celebrate: The George

The George is New Zealand’s most awarded boutique hotel and, when you’re having an event, you want the reassurance that everything will run as smoothly and as seamlessly as possible.

The professional team at The George will not only make it a personalised, easy experience, but you can rely on their expertise for a polished, well-organised function with the style and flair that only one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top hotels can deliver.

The George

With six meeting spaces, it can cater for a variety of group sizes and requirements. The ideal setting for any function requiring style and elegance, The Residence offers private dining for up to 20. The Boardroom at Pescatore offers private dining space for up to 16 with top chefs providing excellence in food and beverage that can be relied on to cater to the fussiest guest. Parkview caters for up to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner while Treasury Room is ideal for smaller/mid-sized client dinners of 35.

Meanwhile for conferences, The George is equipped with SmartKapp technology – simply link your delegates’ smartphones to the SmartKapp board and enjoy two-way communication and idea sharing.
With Christmas fast approaching, remember to book early to secure the best place. Show your clients that you appreciate them by providing them with the hospitality The George hotel is renowned for. The quality of service, experience and attention to detail are what makes it stand out. Located opposite Hagley Park and the idyllic river Avon, The George is delightfully yours.

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