Home' micenet eMag : micnet June 2017 Contents An artist’s impression of a room
at Crowne Plaza Christchurch,
opening this month.
significance. Its central riverside location,
cultural and heritage references, and flexible
layout all make it appealing to event organisers
The Christchurch centre is designed to be
flexible and responsive to a wide range of
event requirements. The unique divisible
auditorium for 1400 will allow two major events
to run simultaneously, with plenty of break-out
space in 1600 sqm of meeting rooms, and a
large 3600 sqm space for exhibitions.
A premium banqueting area will feature
five-star service, and food and beverage
selections from the world-renowned local
produce of the South Island.
The new waterfront promenade, the
Terraces, winds its way along the river
through the central city, and a swathe of new
office, retail and hospitality precincts line the
compact CBD, with highlights including the
heritage neo-Gothic Arts Centre restoration,
and The Piano – Centre for Music.
Major banks and many government
departments have all moved back into the
city centre, bringing thousands of their staff
to smart new offices. International retail
giants are also coming into Christchurch,
creating sophisticated shopping along the
Cashel Mall pedestrian area, with plenty of
excellent laneway dining and cafes.
This year and next will see completion of
more new retail, office, health and hotel and
apartment complexes, bringing a real buzz to
the central city.
The regional offerings across Canterbury,
right on the city’s doorstep, continue to go
from strength to strength with wildlife, wine
and food, relaxation and adrenalin and
stunning scenery, all part of the diverse mix.
Sudima ups the ante
In other news, Sudima has completed further refurbishments at its Christchurch Airport
property. The redefined Sudima Christchurch Airport marks a new phase in Christchurch
accommodation, offering 88 brand new executive rooms, new façade and lobby, fully
refurbished restaurant/bar and an increased conference space. The two-year project has made
the hotel one of the largest conferencing facilities in Christchurch.
More recently it has completed a full refurbishment of its Superior Rooms – the final stage for
bringing the hotel to a 4.5 star Qualmark rating.
Originally opened in 1966 as the White Heron Hotel, it has long been a favourite temporary
home among visiting dignitaries, international bands, Antarctic explorers and domestic
travellers. Acquired by the Jhunjhnuwala family in 1999, the hotel was re-branded as Sudima
Christchurch Airport and became the first member of the Sudima Hotels and Resorts group.
More than a landmark, it is a place of fond memories for visitors and staff alike, with a sense
of family at its core.
Rooms with a view at Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Rising above the Christchurch cityscape, the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch features 204
spacious and modern rooms, including eight suites, with unique views to the city, coast, hills
and Southern Alps.
A number of features in each room are designed to make the most of the scenery. A comfy
window seat with cushions invites guests to sit back and take in the views.
Thanks to a glass panel between the bathroom and bedroom in some rooms, guests can
even soak up the view from the shower. This design also adds great natural light to the
bathroom and an electric blind is available to easily restore full privacy. Alternatively, guests can
simply request a room without this feature.
Crowne Plaza has selected Rituals products as its premium bathroom amenities, specifically
the Happy Buddha range. Guests can also enjoy a touch of luxury with a make-up mirror, dual
head shower and large heated mirror featured in every bathroom.
It goes without saying that guests are guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep – with new beds in
comfortable ‘zen-like’ rooms and a range of executive, deluxe and superior configurations from
suites to king bed, split king, doubles and wheelchair accessible options.
Thanks to the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage program, with its superb bedding, pillow
options and quiet zones, guests are guaranteed to wake up with a smile.
And, while the emphasis is on modern classic lighting, and a range of carefully thought-
through textiles, textures and colourways in each room, the hotel hasn’t scrimped on
technology that really works.
Staying connected to the outside world is easy with unlimited free WiFi and Samsung smart TV’s
complete with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless mobile device mirroring. Several USB ports are
also part of the room design, allowing for easy device charging from the bedside table and desk.
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