Wednesday , September 19 2018

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport refurbishment revealed

The Holiday Inn Auckland Airport hotel is an excellent accommodation choice from which to explore this remarkable locale – without having to pay Auckland city prices!

What’s more, the hotel has recently completed an extraordinary $3 million refurbishment and presents a delightful, comfortable, and relaxing environment that meets even the highest accommodation standards.

The superb redevelopment has transformed this hotel’s public spaces, including the restaurant and bar, function rooms, hotel lobby, reception, and swimming pool, presenting a more contemporary and tranquil environment for guests. Inspiration for the design came from the heritage, community and cultural significance of the location, and creative design agency Designworks was tasked to draw from New Zealand and the Pacific environment to craft a ‘welcoming heart’ for the hotel.

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The hotel’s Vapor Restaurant now has a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere with added bursts of colour, life and energy that’s true to the aspired “Pacific heart and holiday concept”.

The Porte Cochere also has a clean and fresh new look thanks to new lighting, greenery, and exterior panels. The stylish new lounge bar sits at the heart of the hotel, where the removal of its original floor and ceiling features has revolutionised the space and opened it up to the sub-tropical gardens and the new swimming pool deck.

Holiday Inn staff now warmly welcome their guests from the beautiful lobby that has been richly decorated with traditional Maori carvings. New furniture, flooring, light fixtures, and artwork throughout the whole property not only add a modern twist, but create spaces that are vibrant, inviting and unique.

An interesting mix of eclectic furniture including chunky timber communal tables and upholstered soft-seating furniture is complemented by geometric timber cladding, creating a warm ‘home away from home’. Conversely mismatched lighting and bold graphics were chosen for the interior walls to inject funky style.

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Scott Schaefer is the general manager of Holiday Inn Auckland Airport. He proudly stated: “This refurbishment has revolutionised our guest and visitor experiences.”

AMG asked Scott to tell us more about the refurbishment process. He told us: “Overall the project went well, it finished only six weeks over schedule, which is great considering the size of the project. Some of the furniture items that were procured needed to be replaced because they weren’t fit for purpose (hindsight is a great thing) but that was quite a minor issue.

“We were delighted to successfully fit conference and business events in and around the noisy aspects of the project and appreciated our guests’ patience during this period.”

What was the most interesting aspect of this major refurbishment? “The renovation to the bar was the biggest part of the refurb. In all, we removed three to four tons of concrete and brick from the area, which included removing the 12cm concrete slab. As a memento of the project we kept a piece of the slab, had it mounted, and it now sits in the bar, a reminder of the project and all of the hard work that went into the refurb.”

Embarking on this fantastic project to transform Holiday Inn Auckland Airport has been an incredible journey for Scott and his team, but was it worth all the challenges? He said: “Oh yes! We are thrilled with the results. It is fantastic, and all our stakeholders – project manager, quantity surveyor, designers and the lead contractor – did an excellent job.”

Finally, what has the reaction been like from your guests?

“Over 160 people ‘checked-in’ at the hotel for the official opening to get a sneak peek of the public spaces and meeting rooms, and a taster of the exceptional food and drink on offer.

“Guests are thrilled with the different feel and look of the hotel and the management team and staff are delighted to see the new spaces come to life.”

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Markus_Ldn. London, United Kingdom said on TripAdvisor: “Hotel was recently refurbished, all is new, comes across very friendly and inviting and the dinner buffet was superbly excellent. The variety and quality of dishes was unbelievable, and we still cannot believe it. Oysters, baked salmon, tiger prawns, lamb roast, beef stroganoff or freshly grilled fish, just to mention a few of the dishes. If I would ever fly through Auckland again or would have to stay in the area, that would be my hotel!”

AH Beard were delighted to have been chosen to supply King Koil Beds for Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, following on from their success with IHG properties in Australia, including Intercontinental Melbourne, Intercontinental Perth, Crowne Plaza Canberra, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Holiday Inn St Marys, Holiday Inn Old Sydney, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and others.

Group manager Peter Deveny told us: “Like any refurbishment, deliveries had to be coordinated carefully with the hotel to make efficient use of the time windows available to us and our team worked closely with the engineering and housekeeping staff to deliver seamlessly and on schedule so that there was minimal disruption to the daily routine of the hotel.

“Guests in this iconic property on the Auckland hotel landscape are now enjoying great sleep courtesy of new King Koil beds, which form part of the recently updated IHG Brand Standard for bedding, helping to keep the brand at the forefront of comfortable and healthy sleep.”

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