Auckland will say ‘Aloha’ to a new Hawaiian-run hotel next year.
The Liberté Hotel, designed to embody “freedom” and “global sophistication”, will transform one of the city’s historic CBD buildings into a 125-room boutique offering.
The property is Honolulu-based Castle Hotels and Resorts’ second foray into the New Zealand market following its decision to take management of the 4.5-star Spencer on Byron Hotel at Takapuna Beach.
The renovation project, adjacent to the city’s art and theatre district in the Aotea Quarter, will be run by local firm Shine Communications, which has been commissioned to design the new Liberté brand.
“We are delighted to partner with Castle Resorts & Hotels on this truly remarkable redevelopment project,” said Simon Curran, CEO of Shine Communications.
“Inspired by the ambition of this venture and the free spirit of the artistic district that borders the property, the Liberté is named after the French derivative of the Latin word for ‘liberty,’ and fully embodies the essence of freedom, comfort and global sophistication.”
The hotel conversion will take place in two phases, with the first creating 51 guest rooms and a small café restaurant and bar. When fully complete, it will feature 125 guest rooms, a signature restaurant, infinity pool and a rooftop bar with views over the city skyline and Myers Park.
“The Liberté Hotel offers visitors a limitless sense of freedom to explore, relax and create unforgettable memories right in the heart of the Aotea Quarter, Auckland’s epicenter of art and creative expression,” said Castle CEO Alan Mattson.
“There is growing demand for unique experiences in Auckland and this project is going to be one of the most exciting hotels to open in the region in many years.”
The Liberté Hotel is scheduled for opening in 2019.