Auckland lifestyle precinct to get first upper-tier hotel

Britomart in Auckland, New Zealand is expected to become more appealing to overnight visitors when a TFE Hotels-managed property opens in 2020 to fill a gap for luxury hotels in the precinct.

The lifestyle precinct is known for renovated dockside warehouses, architectural buildings, bars and a square lined with leading restaurants and boutiques.

An artist’s impression of the upcoming luxury hotel

The Hotel Britomart represents a new venture for Cooper and Company, which originally developed Britomart, and the start of a new phase of evolution for the precinct, said the group’s CEO Matthew Cockram.

“It allows us to take the appeal and vibrancy of Britomart as the heart of the CBD neighbourhood to a more intense and concentrated level by (encouraging) people to stay.”

Cooper and Company’s executive chairman Peter Cooper added: “Britomart is a crossroads at the heart of downtown waterfront Auckland, and the hotel is another important step in enabling us to welcome people from everywhere and make them feel at home here.”

TFE Hotels chairman Allan Vidor also remarked: “Britomart is New Zealand’s most sought-after premium lifestyle precinct – all that has been missing is a sophisticated top-tier hotel. The development, created by the team (behind) Britomart itself, completes the picture.”

The Hotel Britomart will feature a café-style lobby space, 99 rooms and five suites, three of which will boast outdoor sky gardens, as well as retail and F&B outlets.

Located on the corner of Gore and Galway streets, the project will include the refurbishment and restoration of the adjoining Masonic and Buckland heritage buildings. The hotel will also form a new connection with Customs Street through the Masonic Building.

Meanwhile, Cooper and Company is working with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to transform Galway Street into a shared space during the hotel construction process, making the Britomart precinct more pedestrian friendly.

Bookings will open in late 2019 for opening in early 2020.

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