Oaks Wellington Hotel has officially opened its doors in the capital’s iconic 1922-built former Ford assembly plant.
The Courtney Place building, one of Wellington’s most prominent heritage buildings, has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation into a sleek, 226-room, nine-storey hotel offering views of Lambton Harbour and private balconies and fully equipped kitchens across select rooms.
Located in the heart of the city’s entertainment precinct, it includes the Oak & Vine restaurant offering contemporary Kiwi-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean influence under guidance from executive chef Kit Foe.
General manager Jamie Donnell said: “We are thrilled to see Oaks Wellington Hotel come to fruition.
“Our property brings a fresh flavour to the current offerings in the booming city of Wellington, with a powerful mix of culture, rich history, delectable cuisines, and world-class coffee and craft beers.
“We believe that this hotel will be the ideal addition to Wellington’s investment in quality infrastructure and tourism assets, which in turn creates positive economic, social and environmental benefits for New Zealanders and visitors.”
Paying homage to the history of the building, the original framework has been retained and finishes in marble, aged walnut, white stone and coated steel have been introduced throughout. The interiors include custom-made furniture with soft furnishings featuring the signature Oaks ‘cool blue’ tone.
Guests will have access to a fitness and wellness centre, meeting rooms and function spaces and a foyer business hub with high-speed internet.
Craig Hooley, chief operating officer of Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites, said: “Wellington is a dynamic city with so much to offer and continues to enjoy strong tourism growth, particularly from Australian markets.
“As we continue to grow our portfolio throughout New Zealand and Australia, we are proud to have brand presence in three key New Zealand destinations of Auckland, Queenstown and now Wellington.”
Originally founded in Australia in 1991, Oaks is owned by the Australian-based, Thai-owned Minor Hotels group.