Crowne Plaza makes its return to Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch has returned to the city – promising to be the largest upscale hotel in the Christchurch CBD.

One of the Crowne Plaza's new rooms.
With 204 modern rooms, a new café, bar and restaurant and four modern event spaces, the hotel opened its doors on Friday 30 June.

The hotel location radiates history. In fact one of Christchurch’s first hotels, The Golden Fleece, opened on the same site in 1851 after the legendary ‘First Four Ships’ arrived with the city’s early settlers.

While history is woven into the heart and soul of the property, the emphasis is firmly on the new.

“We’re so excited to relaunch the Crowne Plaza brand here, a city where we’ve had a significant presence for many years,” said Reinier Eulink, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Christchurch.

“We’re opening in a competitive market, and the city’s still rebuilding, but we’re looking to the future and are excited to be part of the regeneration.

“The former Crowne Plaza originally opened at a time when hotels had a more formal style of operating, but the new hotel is a ‘new generation’ Crowne Plaza with a more contemporary style in line with the resurgence of the CBD.

“Crowne Plaza Christchurch has evolved to have a modern twist at every turn. There’s unlimited free WiFi and Samsung smart TVs in rooms, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and mobile device mirroring.

“Our dining spaces are chic and modern, with a buzzing deli café on the ground floor serving the city’s only Mojo coffee, craft beers and wine in Social Wine Bar, and an interactive market place dining concept in our restaurant.

“We tip our hat to the former Crowne Plaza, as it was an important part of the Christchurch city centre landscape for many years, but we’re taking it to the next level with our new-look hotel.”