Hospitality Business Magazine

Wellington welcomes the third luxury Sofitel Hotel in New Zealand

rsz_sofitel_wellington_-_roomThis July a new Sofitel will brighten Wellington’s Terrace, blending French joie de vivre into the absolutely, positively, Wellington spirit.

The $51million dollar development by local owners C.P. Group will be the third luxury Sofitel Hotel in New Zealand, joining its award-winning sister hotels Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa.

Sofitel’s new 129-room, 14-storey hotel is set to become the capital’s must-stay destination for business and leisure nestled between Wellington’s iconic landmarks ‘The Beehive’ and the Botanical Gardens. Guests can enjoy beautifully-appointed rooms and suites in vintage gold and bronze tones with indulgent rain showers, complimentary wifi internet for multiple devices, Smart TVs with Bluetooth, a So Fit gymnasium and state of the art technology across three meeting and event venues.

Award-winning New Zealand design firm SPACE Studios in collaboration with AccorHotels Director of Interior design for Asia Pacific, Stephane Lombard, linked local and French heritage through a botanical inspired décor by merging the influence of both the Wellington and Luxembourg Gardens.

Floral frescos enliven the Jardin Grill, Sofitel’s resident restaurant. The sophisticated interior includes a statement copper kitchen to set the scene for relaxed dining. Or guests can bask around outdoor fire pit in the sheltered alfresco courtyard.

Sofitel’s lounge and bar, The Green Room, lives up to its name by offering a relaxed and private atmosphere. These rooms are traditionally painted green and this plays on the link to Bolton Street’s verdant gardens, viewable through expansive floor to ceiling glass.

Chris Sedgwick, Senior Vice President AccorHotels New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, said: “Sofitel Wellington is a strategic addition to our New Zealand hotel network and will play a key role in further elevating Wellington’s international profile and attractiveness as a key leisure and business destination.

“We are confident that Sofitel’s strong branding in the luxury market will appeal and cater to a range of domestic and international travellers seeking personalised and high-end hospitality in the capital. It’s been a decade since a hotel of this quality and status has opened in Wellington and we are delighted to welcome Sofitel Wellington to the AccorHotels luxury portfolio in July.”