Novotel Christchurch Airport

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In response to record passenger growth, Christchurch International Airport commissioned Warren and Mahoney to design a 4.5 star Novotel hotel that offers quality and convenience to travellers through the airport. Not your standard airport hotel, this project features 200 premium rooms, ten suites and ten accessible rooms; all featuring bespoke decor, ergonomic comfort and modern amenities.

The hotel is designed as an extension of the airport arrival experience and is located on the airport campus near the main terminal. Christchurch Airport Novotel features a sixth floor bar, restaurant and conference facilities offering incredible, panoramic views across the runway and Southern Alps. Coupled with the phenomenal food and beverage offering, this will become a popular new feature on Christchurch’s hospitality scene.

From the outset it was important that the exterior and interior design worked together to establish a warm, engaging and hospitable presence, taking advantage of the close proximity to the airport and pedestrian opportunity.

The interior environment is carefully considered, both in space sequencing and materiality, weaving raw and refined elements into the design to celebrate the land and culture of New Zealand. Featured elements incorporate custom design that replicates our landscape with warm, earthy tones and natural materials, giving depth and enrichment inherent to our welcoming culture.

Upon entry, the double-height foyer creates a lasting first impression, offering different zones for meeting, eating, drinking and socialising. The Food Exchange on this floor has an open kitchen; diners can sit, watch and engage with the chefs who specialise in dishes from around the world. Beautifully furnished lounge areas and an outdoor courtyard offer numerous places to unwind and relax.

The 200 guest rooms are spacious, fully connected and luxurious. Eco-designed pillows and duvets and oversized rain showers ensure a peaceful nights sleep. Large graphic prints showcasing superb photography (from local photographer John Doogan) of local New Zealand scenery create a memorable backdrop to the bedrooms. Larger executive suites are located at the northern and southern ends with further amenities on the mezzanine including a fitness centre.

The hotel is an ideal conference location offering 10 high-tech meeting spaces, the largest able to accommodate 260 people.