The Bay of Plenty’s first five-star hotel has officially opened its doors, giving visitors a luxury base from which to explore the regions geothermal attractions and Māori culture.
Pullman Rotorua is described as “a dynamic and cosmopolitan hotel for the high-end domestic and international traveller on a trip to New Zealand’s popular tourism mecca”.
Rotorua’s tourism economy is among the biggest in New Zealand, with some $828 million spent by visitors in 2019. While the coronavirus outbreak has put the brakes on international visitation, the city is usually a popular year-round tourism destination thanks to its hot springs and geothermal parks.
General manager Richard Bungeroth said he was “thrilled” with the response from the local community and domestic travellers since the hotel’s soft opening in January.
“We’ve received overwhelming support from the Rotorua community and have welcomed guests from all over New Zealand and the world since we opened our doors earlier this year,” he said.
“Pullman Rotorua is perfectly suited for travellers, especially families, couples and business leaders looking for a world-class stay in one of the country’s most attractive tourist destinations.
“We hope to welcome many more visitors to New Zealand’s adventure capital.”
The 130-room property offers city and lake views and also features a bar, gym, executive lounge and conference facilities.
Its signature dining element, Barrel & Co Bar and Grill, is “centred around an intimate open kitchen” according to Pullman and provides a “focus on locally sourced produce, a premium grill selection and an impressive craft beer and local wine menu showcasing every growing wine region in New Zealand”.
Opening the property last week, Sir John Key said: “The Pullman Rotorua will certainly be meeting a need at the top end of the market and will entice visitors looking for that luxury offering that wasn’t in the region previously.
“The Bay of Plenty and Rotorua in particular have had a booming tourism economy for quite some time. It’s a privilege to officiate the grand opening of the region’s first five-star hotel.”