19 August 2013
Christchurch's renaissance is well underway with the Ibis becoming the first central city hotel to re-open since the earthquake. It is now joined by Novotel Christchurch, and the hotel's re-opening in Cathedral Square has played a key role in the city’s revival.
Only a year old when the earthquake hit, the Novotel offers superior facilities, as well as some of the best views over the city and surrounds. The Novotel has its soft opening on the Monday 19 August and officially open on the anniversary of the first earthquake, September 4.
A key benefit of the Novotel re-opening will be the ability of central Christchurch to host larger tour groups, as well as major conference groups by adding 154 extra rooms to Christchurch.
The Novotel is just a short walk from many of the city's emerging areas, such as the New Regent Street art deco shopping precinct and the ultra-innovative Re: START shopping precinct – built from brightly coloured and attractively arranged shipping containers, echoing the tones of the Garden city. The Transitional Cardboard Cathedral is only a moment away and offers the opportunity for visitors to see the only Cathedral made predominately from cardboard.
Novotel's acclaimed restaurant, The Square, will also make a particularly valuable addition to the city's dining scene.