Our Hotel History, Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Designed in a Swiss chalet style, Heartland Hotel Queenstown is one of the oldest accommodation complexes still in operation in Queenstown. It has always been known locally as a barometer of business levels in the town – if this hotel is busy, generally the entire town is busy. If we’re quiet, the town tends to be quiet.
Originally built in 1965, the original A-Line complex won an architectural award in the 1970s, with the Trellis Block added in 1986. Scenic Hotel Group purchased the property in 1995 and has carried out extensive refurbishments to bring the property up to the Group’s standards.
The hotel restaurant, the Hillside Brasserie, began life as a mess hall for the first Manapouri hydro-electricity tunnel project. The owner of the hotel at the time was told he needed a restaurant if he wished to attract tour groups, so he trucked the building up to the hotel as a ‘temporary measure’ and it’s still here.
Due to a lack of insulation in the old days, when it first arrived, the owner used to keep the room cool in summer by placing a garden sprinkler on the roof to keep the temperature down. Fortunately time and convenience has caught up with the restaurant and it is now fully air conditioned for guests’ comfort.