New Zealand’s first smart hotel, mi-pad Queenstown has opened its doors for the guests. The $15m John Blair-designed hotel is close to the centre which has several bars, restaurants and activity operators set on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.

The six-storey hotel features 57 rooms, multiple social spaces and a rooftop terrace. Guests at this next generation hotel use the smartphone app ‘mia’ for checkin and checkout service. Additionally, this app can also be used to set temperatures, adjust lighting, request room service or activate do not disturb facility . There is also the option to share experiences, photos or messages through mia’s private chat group as well.

The F&B options are limited to just snacks and breakfast. However, guests are encouraged to order or bring their own food, which can be enjoyed at the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

Lewis Gdanitz, Queenstown property developer said, “mi-pad is the result of 15 years of research, travelling the world and finding the places that did accommodation really well. We have been able to deliver a property that’s unlike anything else on offer in New Zealand, operating on a premise of affordable luxury delivered using the latest technology. I’m also very proud of the eco-conscious initiatives we have in place for every aspect of the operation.”

Pranit Sarda