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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa Named Best

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19 August 2008

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa Named Best New Zealand Hotel At Hm Awards

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa took out the award for New Zealand's best hotel at the prestigious HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence in Sydney last week.

The 2008 HM Awards recognise excellence in the leading hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, in a number of different categories, with more than 30 leading travel writers and industry leaders judging the property categories.

The hotel's recently appointed General Manager, Wouter de Graaf, is thrilled with the win. "Being named New Zealand's best hotel against tough competition was a major accomplishment, and as a team we are delighted to be recognised for our commitment and passion in delivering a five-star product and service to our guests, synonymous with the luxury of the Sofitel brand"

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Queenstown, with 82 stylish and exclusive rooms, suites and penthouses and also features signature restaurant Vie and Nue Lounge.

LeSpa at Sofitel is Queenstown's only international luxury spa and an intimate sanctuary where mind, body and spirit unite. Combining both French and local product, LeSpa offers a range of health and indulgent beauty treatments performed by highly qualified spa specialists designed to relax and rejuvenate.

www.sofitel.com/queenstown

SOFITEL: RE-INVENTING FRENCH ELEGANCE IN LUXURY HOTELS

Sofitel creates unique luxury hotels in the world's most attractive destinations, by the artful blending of its French origins with the very best of local cultures. Sofitel forges a privileged bond between its staff of devoted service professionals and its cosmopolitan guests who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Sofitel offers the best of French elegance, from food and wine rituals to bedding, design and personal care products. Hotels where life can be savored, shared with others, lived in harmony with oneself; transforming every stay into a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Sofitel brand portfolio will offer clear and attractive options adapted to today's more demanding and more versatile consumers.

 Sofitel Legend: a collection of legendary luxury properties, defining a renewed way of living heritage and palace hotels for inner luxury driven travelers.

 Sofitel: World-class hotels, with French elegance, blending relationships and pleasures for today's discerning travelers in the upper-upscale segment.

 So by Sofitel: a new kind of boutique hotel, with style and soul, reconciling design and pleasure for trend conscious consumers.

Discover Sofitel's new website www.sofitel.com with new reservation features.

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:

Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.

Services, with 23 million people in nearly 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

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