New-build Novotel Christchurch Airport welcomes first guests

Accor has opened the doors to its $80 million new-build Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel.

Spanning across six floors, the 4.5-star property features 200 premium guest rooms, including 10 suites and 10 accessible rooms, each designed with ergonomic comfort in-mind and high-end finishes, including marble, copper tiling and extensive American oak panelling.

Located next to the terminal of New Zealand’s second-largest airport, the architectural design of the hotel is the work of Warren and Mahoney Architects, the same team behind Novotel Auckland Airport.

Novotel Christchurch Airport is conveniently located 15 minutes from Christchurch’s city centre and features a restaurant and lobby bar, fully equipped gymnasium, car parking facilities, a kids’ corner, WiFi, and 10 conference and function spaces.

The conference and meeting facilities available at the hotel range from the beautiful rooftop Tekapo room with views of the Southern Alps accommodating up to 260 guests, to dedicated boardrooms with natural light.

All meeting venues are pillar-less and include broadband, wireless internet access, and in-built audio-visual systems.

The top floor of the hotel is the hero feature, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views across the runway and over the Southern Alps.

A modern restaurant and social hub, Food Exchange, is the perfect place to relax and soak in the views with a glass of famous South Island wine in hand.

Gillian Millar, senior vice president of operations for Accor in New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, said: “This is a stunning development and certainly not your average airport hotel.

“Accor is very proud to have answered the call from international tourists seeking new hotel product at the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island.

“Christchurch has enjoyed its highest visitor expenditure on record, reaching a total of $3 billion, for the year ending June 2019, with visitors from Australia and Asia accounting for just over half of the region’s international tourism expenditure.

“Increasing tourist numbers and such positive visitor expenditure figures highlight the need for a sophisticated accommodation option at Christchurch Airport, and we know that short-stay business travellers, leisure guests and Accor’s valued 4.5 million Pacific loyalty members will be impressed with the hotel’s features, catering to their transit needs.”

Novotel Christchurch Airport complements Accor’s two existing airport hotels in New Zealand, Novotel Auckland Airport and ibis Budget Auckland Airport.

Novotel Christchurch Airport is the ninth Novotel branded hotel in New Zealand and joins a global network of over 520 Novotel hotels in 61 countries. Novotel Christchurch Airport is Accor’s 45th property in the Land of the Long White Cloud.