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Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence: QT Auckland reigns supreme

24th November 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

QT Auckland at the Viaduct has taken out the supreme award at the 2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

QT Auckland won three hospitality awards on Tuesday night. Image: QT

The hotel, part of the QT Hotels & Resorts brand owned by EVENT Hospitality, also won the best new/redeveloped business in accommodation category and its rooftop bar picked up the best bar award.

The awards, hosted by Hospitality New Zealand, were presented at an event in Wellington last night and live-streamed to a number of venues across the country.

“QT Auckland are deserved winners and Hospitality New Zealand congratulates Doron Whaite and his team. They have done a fantastic job under the most trying of circumstances, as have the other category winners and finalists,” Hospitality NZ chief executive Julie White said.

“The competition was fierce, which is a testament to the whole industry considering it’s still in the middle of a devastating trading period due to the pandemic.

“It was almost as if everyone lifted their standards in defiance of Covid – to show they could still stand tall despite the setbacks.”

White + Wong’s at Queenstown won best restaurant, Wellington’s Karaka Café took the best cafe award, Hamilton’s Good George Dining Hall won the best brew pub/distillery, and Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom picked up the excellence in training and development gong.

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor won best hotel and the new Fable Dunedin won best luxury hotel. The Hotel Britomart at Auckland won best environmental/sustainable business and Wharekauhau Country Estate at Featherston picked up the best luxury boutique hotel.

Christchurch’s Kaiser Brew Garden won the people’s choice award, which was voted on by the public.

There were a record number of entries this year, the 24th time the awards have been held, and it was the first they had been open to the whole industry, not just members of Hospitality NZ.

Category winners, in addition to receiving industry recognition and a trophy, were each presented with a $1000 KOHA Card. The card was launched nationwide by Hospitality New Zealand earlier this month.

“After two postponements we were determined to get everyone together, even if it was online, to celebrate and congratulate our winners in the best way possible for their work, and it was a great night,” Julie White said.

“Every hospitality business and every worker out there deserved their own medal for the guts and perseverance they’ve shown through probably the toughest period the industry has ever been through.

“I would like to thank our main sponsor, Lion New Zealand, and all the category sponsors, who have been amazing and supported this celebration of our industry through thick and thin.”

2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence category winners and finalists:

Best Bar: Rooftop at QT, Auckland.
Finalists: Fantail and Turtle, Auckland; Good George North Wharf, Auckland; The Freeport Tavern and Cleaver and Co, Mt Maunganui; Thistle Inn, Wellington.

Best Café: Karaka Café, Wellington.
Finalists: Diner 66, Christchurch; Fusee Rouge Café, Cromwell.

Best Brew Pub/Distillery: Good George Dining Hall, Hamilton.
Finalists: Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch; Monteith’s Brewing Company, Greymouth.

Best Destination Venue: The Riverhead, Riverhead.
Finalists: Brewtown Upper Hutt; Holey Moley Golf Club, Auckland; Perky’s Floating Bar, Queenstown; Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island.

Best Environmental/Sustainable Business: The Hotel Britomart, Auckland.
Finalists: Milford Sound Lodge, Milford Sound; University of Canterbury Students Association, Christchurch.

Best Hotel: Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland.
Finalists: Fable Dunedin; Hotel Fitzroy Curated by fable, Auckland; Rydges Latimer, Christchurch; SkyCity Hotel, Auckland

Best Luxury Hotel Winner: Fable Dunedin.
Finalists: Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland; QT Wellington, Wellington; Sofitel Queenstown – Hotel & Spa, Que. The Grand by SkyCity, Auckland.

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel: Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston.
Finalists: Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel, Picton; Hotel Fitzroy Curated by fable, Auckland; Ohtel Wellington, Wellington; The Landing, Kerikeri.

Best Motel: Century Park Motor Lodge, Nelson
Finalists: One88 on Commerce, Whakatane Radfords on the Lake, Te Anau The Metrotel Motel, New Plymouth The St James, Hanmer Springs

Best Local: The Elmwood Trading Co., Christchurch
Finalists: The Brown Pub, Methven The Riverhead, Riverhead Thistle Inn, Wellington Woodbourne Tavern, Renwick

Best New/Redeveloped Business – Accommodation: QT Auckland.
Finalists: Bealey Quarter, Christchurch; Fable Dunedin; Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport; Sojourn Apartment Hotel, Wellington.

Best New/Redeveloped Business – Food & Beverage: Maria Lane Eatery and Bar, Whanganui.
Finalists: Hop on Hop off Wine Tours Ltd, Queenstown and Picton; Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch; Margo’s, Queenstown Market ST, Napier.

Best Restaurant: White + Wong’s, Queenstown.
Finalists: Artisan at Bolton Hotel, Wellington; The Press Club, Dunedin; Fife Lane Kitchen and Bar, Tauranga; Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, Wanaka.

Excellence in Gaming: Five Stags Leamington, Cambridge.
Finalists: Botany Commons, Auckland; Fox & Hounds, Taupo; The Elmwood Trading Co, Christchurch; Woodbourne Tavern, Renwick.

Excellence in Marketing: Fable Hotels and Resorts.
Finalists: Erik’s Fish and Chips, Queenstown; QT Auckland.

Excellence in Training & Development: Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom, Dunedin.
Finalists: Good Spirits Hospitality Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch



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