Downtown Auckland is set to welcome a chic new hotel, with The Hotel Britomart announcing it will start welcoming guests on 1 October this year.
After six weeks of construction delays due to lockdown, work on the site has restarted and the scaffolding has even come down to reveal the hotelâs stylish brick exterior.
Work will now focus on the interiors of the 104 rooms, comprised of 99 timber-lined guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites. Three of the Landing Suites have lush sky garden terraces.
Designed by Auckland-based Cheshire Architects, The Hotel Britomart will be New Zealandâs greenest hotel, with a 5 Green Star rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council.
âWork on The Hotel Britomart site is completely back on track,â says Matthew Cockram, Chief Executive Officer of Cooper and Company, owners of The Hotel Britomart.
âThe current circumstances mean our opening in October will focus mostly on domestic tourists, who we think will recognise the enormous appeal of The Hotel Britomartâs design and the many attractions of the Britomart neighbourhood around it.â
The Hotel Britomart will be a luxury accommodation offering that showcases impeccable design from the inside out.
The hotelâs exterior is made from precast panels containing 150,000 hand-made bricks, in keeping with the building’sÂ 150-year-old brick neighbours.
Every room at The Hotel Britomart features hand-made ceramics by local artisans, including work by ceramicists Elena Renker and Rachel Carter.
Cheshire Architects designed the bronze-and-paper âFulcrumâ table lamps in every guest room, which are available from New Zealand furniture and lighting brand Resident.
The rooms will also include toiletries by organic New Zealand skincare brand Sans[ceuticals], who recycle their own packaging and whose products contain no artificial colours or bleaches, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals or any other nasties.
The hotel is a bold new addition to Britomart, the historic waterfront neighbourhood in downtown Auckland that has been the focus of a thoughtful 15-year regeneration process led by Cooper and Company.
As well as a new brick-clad tower, the hotel project includes the refurbishment of two neighbouring heritage buildings, as well as the creation of a new public laneway linking two key Britomart streets.
A new restaurant named Kingi (short for kingfish) will open on the ground floor of historic Masonic House to serve locals and hotel guests, while three other new restaurants are opening just steps from the hotel entrance.