1493264901583 - Wellington’s Amora Hotel closes doors for facelift

Wellington’s Amora Hotel closes doors for facelift

Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors for up to a year to undergo a multimillion-dollar facelift.

The 192-room hotel was last upgraded in 2011, but cosmetic damage from last year’s November earthquake in Kaikoura has prompted the extensive refurbishment.

General manager Liam Craughwell said the hotel would close temporarily from May 27 because the work would involve some major disruption to guests and staff.

“Their comfort is our priority and therefore we decided closing the hotel whilst we do the work was the best way forward.”

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“The structural integrity of the building itself is sound. It has been assessed by engineers who have deemed it safe.”

The work is expected to be finished in the second quarter of next year.

The upgrade includes new guest bathrooms, which currently feature marble tiles from the hotel’s construction in the 1980s, when it opened as Plaza International Hotel.

It was renamed in the 1990s as the Duxton and became the Amora in 2011.

Craughwell said it would be a significant investment to ensure the hotel remained at the top of its game.

“We look forward to reopening our luxury rooms next year in what is a very buoyant market for hotels in Wellington and New Zealand.”

The Amora Hotel Group operates hotels in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, and three properties in Thailand.

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