Hospitality Business Magazine

New Ownership rebrands old favourite in the Capital

rsz_rydges_the_thorndon_01A hotel favourite in the Capital has changed hands to Rydges, adding another strategically located property into the ever-growing New Zealand portfolio run by the publicly listed, Australasian tourism giant.

Formerly known as the Kingsgate Hotel Wellington, the 108 room, three stars plus property is now called ‘The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges.’ The official rollout of the brand is on 1 April although guests can already make online reservations.

Catering predominantly towards government, corporate, conference, sporting and leisure groups; the Thorndon’s enviable address offering views spanning the city skyline to the capital’s most historic suburb will continue to be a key strength and revenue driver for the new owners.

“It’s close and convenient to all the action. Whether you have a meeting in the CBD, game to watch at the Westpac Stadium or shopping trip planned for Lambton Quay. We’ve got easy access to it all and only a stone’s throw from the parliamentary precinct too” says General Manager, Mr Jeff Hermes.

“It’s exciting to be taken over by Rydges, such a well-respected operator in the industry. Discussions about future growth plans are presently afoot which can only be fantastic news for our guests.”

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges will continue to operate the Glasshouse Restaurant and Bar and offers extensive conferencing facilities that can cater for up to 150 people. Rydges will officially take over the management of the property on 1st April 2015.