Crowne Plaza Makes Its Return to Christchurch, New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND—The Crowne Plaza Christchurch has opened here, marking the brand’s return to the city with a new, contemporary space. The hotel has 204 rooms, a new café, bar and restaurant and four modern event spaces.

It is a significant milestone for the current owners of the former office building, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism. Building co-owner Shane Le Compte of local investment and development company MC Christchurch Holdings said the former Crowne Plaza Christchurch had a loyal following among Cantabrians: “That was one of the main reasons for us wanting to bring the brand back to the city,” said Le Compte. “We’ve worked closely with IHG and our design team to develop an international hotel with a local feel, and we feel we’ve achieved that.”

Dining outlets pay homage to the past, with the Market Place restaurant and bar echoing the original name of nearby Victoria Square; Café 1851 reflecting the date for the hotel site; and the Ellis, Gartner and Oram meeting rooms are named after the original Golden Fleece owners.

Other amenities include unlimited free WiFi and Samsung smart TVs in rooms, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and mobile device mirroring.