An office building in central Christchurch is to reopen as the city’s second Hilton hotel.
American-based Hilton has announced it will open a hotel called The Modern on Hereford St just east of Oxford Tce by spring 2021.
The Modern will be run by New Zealand hotel operators Sarin Group as a franchise under Hilton’s Tapestry Collection brand.
It will open in the former Guardian Assurance and Scorpio Books building, which is owned by property investor Ben Gough through his company Tailorspace Property. The company is repairing and refitting the earthquake-damaged building. As well as guest rooms and suites, the hotel will have a ground floor restaurant and bar, fitness centre, and on-site parking.
Hilton arrived in Christchurch in 2016 when it took over the Chateau on the Park hotel in Riccarton as part of its DoubleTree brand.
The company has 6000 hotels in 117 countries and almost one million hotel rooms.
Sarin Investments already operates two hotels for Hilton in the North Island.
Tapestry Collection hotels are described by Hilton as upscale with “unique style and vibrant personality”, and the Christchurch hotel will feature large art prints by Christchurch and New Zealand artists.
Tailorspace Property chief executive Brett Gamble said they were excited to be working with Hilton and Sarin Investments.
Raman Sarin, chairman of Sarin Investments, said the hotel would be “truly extraordinary and unlike anything else currently open or planned in Christchurch”.
Other hotels under construction or conversion in the city include a boutique hotel at the Christchurch Arts Centre and another at 159 Manchester St, both to be run by the Sarin Group.
Also planned are three or four hotels at the Te Pae convention centre to be built by the Carter Group, and a six-storey hotel with 84 rooms on Tuam St.
Hotels opened this year include the 200-room Airport Novotel and the 86-room Sudima on Salisbury St. The Arden hotel on the corner of Colombo and Salisbury streets is built but not yet open.
According to city council figures, in the year to June Christchurch hosted 3.15 million guest nights in commercial establishments and an estimated 1 million Airbnb guest nights.
Source : Stuff
Friday, 11 December 2019