New Zealand’s most eco-friendly hotel reveals opening date

by | 27 Jul 2020 | Projects

The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, which stands out for its exceptional green credentials, will open later this year despite experiencing six weeks of construction delays due to New Zealand’s Covid19 lockdown.

A hospitality project like no other, The Hotel Britomart will soon start welcoming guests for the very first time. We take an in-depth look at one of New Zealand’s most exciting developments in years.

The Hotel Britomart eyes October opening

After many months of waiting with bated breath, New Zealanders, and indeed potential guests around the world, can finally start planning their safe, socially distanced and Covid19-conscious trip to Auckland’s hottest new hotel. It has now been announced that The Hotel Britomart will open its doors on 1 October 2020.

The scaffolding has come down on The Hotel Britomart and work has shifted to finishing the interiors of the guestrooms and suites. The development was hit by six weeks of construction delays as a result of New Zealand’s coronavirus lockdown, but is nearing completion at last.

Located in Auckland waterfront’s Britomart neighbourhood, the property will be part of the TFE Hotels Collection; TFE Hotels will manage the hotel on behalf of Cooper and Company, the organisation leading the area’s regeneration.

“Work on The Hotel Britomart site is completely back on track,” said Matthew Cockram, chief executive officer of Cooper and Company. “The current circumstances mean our opening in October will focus mostly on domestic tourists, who we think will recognise the enormous appeal of The Hotel Britomart’s design and the many attractions of the Britomart neighbourhood around it.”

Forward-thinking by design

One of the reasons why The Hotel Britomart has created such anticipation is because of its stunning design. The property has an eye-catching brick facade, executed in a contemporary style with punched windows dotted around the exterior.

Designed by Auckland-based Cheshire Architects, the hotel boasts 104 guest rooms and suites executed in a calming style with natural materials and comfy bespoke furnishings. It also lays claim to being the country’s most eco-friendly hotel, following the New Zealand Green Building Council’s decision to award it a 5 Green Star Design rating.

Mark Sinclair, director of sustainability and facilities for Britomart, said: “It’s challenging to get a 5 Star rating. The highest possible rating is a 6 Star rating, and that’s very rare. There’s no easy way to get to a 5 Star rating.

“There is a clear trend that green travel is in demand in the market. So when people stay at The Hotel Britomart, they can be assured that they’re staying in a hotel that has been designed to the highest standards of building and construction when it comes to sustainability.”

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TFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels) is a leading hotel operator in Australia, New Zealand and Europe