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See inside this art filled Wellington hotel after a NZ$12 million renovation

An art-filled hotel in Wellington, best-known by its former name of Museum Art Hotel, has recently reopened after undergoing a NZ$12 million ‘reimagination’.

QT Museum Hotel Wellington embraces the culture of the creative capital city with a blend of art, design and a dash of the absurd. QT Museum Hotel Wellington embraces the culture of the creative capital city with a blend of art, design and a dash of the absurd. art hotel Wellington
QT Museum Hotel Wellington embraces the culture of the creative capital city with a blend of art, design and a dash of the absurd. Image by QT Hotel Group

Now known as the QT Museum Wellington, the reopened hotel, which is described as ‘a quirky New Zealand hospitality icon’, has been re-designed to embrace ‘the culture of the creative capital city with a blend of art, design and a dash of the absurd’.

Hippopotamus at the QT Museum Hotel. art hotel Wellington
Hippopotamus at the QT Museum Hotel. Image by QT Hotel Group

The famously arty city hotel is located just a few steps from New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa, in central Wellington. It has been celebrated for its collection, which features original artwork by New Zealanders.

Hippopotamus Restaurant has a reputation for exquisite French-inspired fare. art hotel Wellington
Hippopotamus Restaurant has a reputation for exquisite French-inspired fare. Image by QT Hotel Group

The hotel’s eclectic art collection is on display throughout the public spaces. But its quirkiness extends past the frames: the rooms include unique amenities, ranging from nightcaps to emergency bow-ties.

Hippopotamus at the QT Museum Hotel. art hotel Wellington
Hippopotamus at the QT Museum Hotel. Image by QT Hotel Group

There is also a strong focus on food, and the hotel features the French-inspired restaurant Hippopotamus Restaurant and Bar and Hot Sauce, a Japanese/Korean street food bar set to open in mid-2017.

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