Nearly 400 new hotel rooms for Christchurch
Significant new hotel projects are underway which could add about 395 rooms to Christchurch's visitor accommodation in the next 18 months.
The private owners of the Sudima Hotel Christchurch have upgraded to a $25 million revamp of the site, including the demolition and rebuild of its most visible wing.
The Sudima rebuild was planned to start last September, but only got underway recently after consents were finalised.
The upgrade will add nearly 40 rooms to the 208-room Memorial Ave location, which has 50 rooms temporarily out of action.
Management initially hoped to complete the project much earlier, with a budget of $20m.
Sudima director of sales and marketing Michel Adolphe said the extra $5m would allow for better construction materials and fittings, including carpets.
At completion of the entire redevelopment, the Sudima would boast a total of 247 rooms.
Bruce Garrett, the Tourism Industry Association's Canterbury hotels sector chairman and general manager of The George hotel, said the Hotel Montreal development would add 25 rooms.
Another 280 rooms will become available with the reinstatement of a Cashel St property formerly known as Hotel So and then the All Seasons. Work repairing and strengthening the existing building, had begun, with involvement from Dalman Architecture.
"They're rekitting that out, and looking to be open for January 2015," Garrett said.
A "name" hotel brand would likely take over the Cashel St site, which was bought by Auckland-based Russell Group.
The Sudima Hotel Christchurch is owned by the Indian Jhunjhnuwala family from Hong Kong, who indicated planning and resource consent for the demolition of the original accommodation wing and the refurbishment of other areas had taken longer than expected. But the redevelopment was now well underway.
Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, who has lived in New Zealand since 2001, said Sudima Hotels was keen to contribute to the growth and rebuild phase of Christchurch.
The $25m investment would provide quality accommodation and conference facilities for all segments of the domestic and international market.
"Whilst the re-development project in its entirety is not expected to be completed until early 2016, the first stage of the project, including the opening of the newly built accommodation wing housing 89 rooms, upgraded lobby and reception, refreshed conference facilities and redesigned faade of the hotel, is earmarked for completion by early to mid-2015," Jhunjhnuwala said.