New nest off the square

20 August 2013

It is with much anticipation that Christchurch is awaiting the opening of Hotel 115, a new contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Opening on 28 August, the hotel will bring 30 unique character rooms to the city’s accommodation offering.

Sarah Niu is the owner of Hotel 115. Having owned and operated hospitality businesses in the North Island, Niu is eager to play a part in Christchurch’s revival. It was love at first sight when she visited the premises. She did not hesitate to put her heart and soul into this project and moved to the Garden City from Auckland. “I had visited Christchurch once before, it feels great to be back and plant a seed here,” Niu says.

Behind bespoke yellow doors, the hotel’s thirty rooms boast a mix of eclectic as well as modern features. Comfortable lounge chairs made locally in Christchurch have been covered in colourful velvet fabrics.  The oak used for the furniture adds elegance and a feeling of longevity to the room design, complemented by black and white photographs of Christchurch. Not two of the thirty rooms are the same. They vary in shape and size, bringing originality and uniqueness to the space. “The rooms were designed with functionality and simplicity in mind to maximize the limited space. The reception and public areas have gorgeous bright chairs and pendant lamps that bring a feeling of luxury and elegance but with a modern, eclectic style,” Sarah Niu adds.

Niu’s optimism for the future of the city and the vibrant life that is coming back to the CBD explains her immediate wish to reshape and nurture the building that withstood the 2011 quakes. “I am looking forward to seeing the tram back on track, a key feature of Hotel 115 is that the tram goes literally through the hotel, adding a unique vibe to the place”.

Hotel 115 is a boutique hotel that stands out from larger hotels by providing guests with a feeling of warmth, comfort and an element of surprise. An additional 8 rooms will be completed at the end of the year, extending the offer while maintaining the great boutique feel and individuality of the hotel.

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