Another new hotel has been announced for central Christchurch.
The Wyndham hotel group will open a $15 million 77-room hotel on the south-east corner of Colombo and Salisbury streets.
It is being developed under a franchise deal with landowners Lepdon Holdings and is due to be finished by the end of this year.
The five-storey hotel will be the first of the Wyndham group’s Ramada Encore brand in New Zealand. The US-based company already have a Ramada Suites apartment-style hotel with 44 rooms on Tuam St.
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The land was previously the site of a Europcar vehicle rental outlet, and, until 2005, housed one of Christchurch’s first petrol stations, built in 1927.
Wyndham describes its Ramada Encore brand as providing innovation and style in the budget sector, with bright colours, wooden floors and a vibrant feel. The new Christchurch hotel will have meeting rooms, a gym and a restaurant.
The site was earmarked for hotel development by Lepdon Holdings for several years. Plans included a 2007 design, never built, for the $22m seven-storey Living Cosa complex with short-stay apartments, residential apartments, a cafe and two shops.
Lepdon Holdings is owned by Christchurch’s Le Pine family, who have already established and run the Randolph Motels and Casino Court motels in Papanui Rd, Christchurch, as well as tourist accommodation in Hokitika, Franz Josef and Australia.
Lepdon Holdings managing director Erin Hindmarsh said the new hotel would have at least 12 staff.
Wyndham has more than 8000 hotels around the world, including 100 in the Pacific and southeast Asia regions and nine existing or planned in New Zealand.
News of the hotel follows last month’s announcement that a major Japanese hotel chain, not yet identified, will build a major new hotel on the former Press site in Cathedral Square.
Christchurch lost more than three quarters of its 3700 hotel rooms in the earthquakes. Including projects under way, the central city will soon have about 2500 hotel rooms.