The Hyatt Regency Auckland has be rebranded as the Pullman Auckland Hotel & Residences. Accor management took over at the hotel following its sale to new owners. The change-over also marked Accor becoming New Zealand’s largest hotel group, with a total of 29 hotels and 4,017 rooms across the country – 500 rooms more than its nearest competitor. Accor also plans to increase its network further in mid-year when it adds Novotel and Formule 1 hotels at Auckland Airport.
Accor Vice President New Zealand, Paul Richardson said that the new owners would undertake some minor upgrades of the hotel, but as all rooms had received a NZ$7 million (US$5.4 million) refurbishment just two years ago, the hotel was in good condition.
“The launch of Pullman will be very beneficial for Auckland’s tourism sector with a fresh approach to upscale hospitality,” Richardson said. “Over the coming months, we will be enhancing the hotel to bring the property up to Pullman standard, providing a complete array of personalised services and innovative technologies including a Connectivity Lounge and the groundbreaking ‘Co-Meeting’ concept which ensures flawless success for meetings and events.”
The Pullman will offer 267 rooms, suites and apartments, with three Pullman Executive levels, all of which were refurbished in 2009. The hotel is one of Auckland’s leading hotels for conferences and events with facilities capable of hosting functions for up to 1,000 delegates. Facilities range from a grand ballroom to the ‘Top of the Town’ boardroom, which is located on the top floor of the hotel, providing views of the harbour, city and parks.
A key feature of the hotel’s facilities is the Spa and Health Club – one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand. Available to hotel guests and external clients, the Spa includes six treatment rooms, a gymnasium, a 25-metre heated lap pool with a retractable roof, steam room, jacuzzi, juice bar and spa boutique.
The Pullman Auckland Hotel & Residences becomes Accor’s first five-star Pullman-branded hotel in New Zealand, and adds to the brand’s existing Asia Pacific portfolio which currently includes locations in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and China. New additons are also planned in Vietnam, China, India, and Malaysia. The Pullman network already extends to more than 50 hotels and is set to double in size over the next three years.