10 December 2014
An innovative new concept in short stay accommodation is set to ease a chronic room shortage in Christchurch – JUCY Snooze. The new multi-million dollar tourism venture from the Auckland-based vehicle rental company JUCY will add another 282 beds and introduce ‘micro-accommodation’ to the New Zealand market.
"Having seen an opportunity for a low cost, short stay venue in Christchurch we have added our own Kiwi design elements to introduce a unique style of accommodation to the region - we’re calling the new class of accommodation ‘Jucy Snooze’.Chief JUCYfier Tim Alpe
Chief JUCYfier Tim Alpe says there is a lack of low cost accommodation in the immediate area which has put pressure on the airport infrastructure and reduced tourist numbers to the city.
He says now tourists and locals alike will be able to stay for short periods between international flights or overnight.
“This type of accommodation is available overseas but there is nothing similar in New Zealand, globally pod hotels have become increasingly popular and we wanted to bring the concept to this market.
"Having seen an opportunity for a low cost, short stay venue in Christchurch we have added our own Kiwi design elements to introduce a unique style of accommodation to the region - we’re calling the new class of accommodation ‘Jucy Snooze’.
“Our primary target market is youth backpackers however with global trends changing the nature of this market we have designed the room layouts to suit low cost travellers, families, and even retired couples," says Alpe.
Guests will be able to 'self-check in' using a new type of technology and there will also be the option to pay for short stays. That means tourists who just want a few hours’ sleep between connecting flights will not have to pay for a full day.
“In particular there will be more emphasis on social sharing of communal spaces. The rooms won’t have television sets in them. Instead, visitors will be encouraged to come together in general use lounges. We will provide hot desks for casual web browsing, and give visitors a reason to come out of their rooms to socialize," says Alpe.
Alpe says JUCY Snooze will be located within walking distance of the Christchurch Airport in close proximity to the new Spitfire retail shopping precinct which is currently under development.
Alpe says the building is made from an innovative modular construction system which will allow the company to manufacture some of it at its Auckland factory and ship it to the site.
JUCY Snooze is expected to open in early 2016.