Hilton brand comes to Lambton Quay
Global hotel chain Hilton is setting up its ﬁrst hotel in Wellington, which development director Glen Hooker believes will be a key asset for the region.
The hotel will be operated by Auckland based Sarin Investments in the renovated T&G building, also known as the old Harcourts building, on Lambton Quay.
The four-and-a-half star hotel will come under Hilton’s DoubleTree by Hilton brand and offer 106 rooms, a gymnasium, a business centre with ﬂexible space for small meetings an d events with up to 10 people and a contemporary restaurant.
Glen says the hotel will have a boutique feel despite offering a considerable number of rooms due to the historic nature of the building in which it is located.
The category one heritage building built in 1928 was one of Wellington’s ﬁrst ofﬁce towers and is a good example of the Chicago style of architecture. Notable features include a marble lobby, copper lifts and a wooden stairwell. The Hilton building is owned by developer Mark Dunajtschik.
Glen says the project would not have happened without Mark’s decision to restore the building to such a high level: “It’s a real reﬂection of Mark’s character and this project wouldn’t have happened without his support. So full credit to him for stepping up,” says Glen.
Guest rooms boast high ceilings and original features, combined with modern amenities such as an HDTV, WiFi access and a rain shower.
A range of rooms is on offer to cater to a variety of needs. The hotel also offers 48 square metre suites featuring contemporary decor and high ceilings, as well as a separate living area with sofa bed.
The hotel also offers an event planning service including setting up the event space, supplying the room with what is required and catering. Glen says that DoubleTree by Hilton is expected to be positive for local tourism in the Wellington region.
He says that Sarin Investments being extremely experienced operators will be a key factor in the hotel’s success: “They are very passionate about the industry and this building so that is the beginning of a great customer experience,” says Glen.
Sarin Investments is a family driven company established in 1996 and run by Raman Sarin.
Raman has worked with several internationally recognised 5 Star brand hotels and world class convention centres for more than 20 years at senior management positions before establishing Sarin Investments.
The company operates in a number of key areas including hotel ownership and management, building management and lease management.
Sarin Investments now owns and operates more than 20 hotels, serviced apartments and resorts spread across New Zealand, Australia and United States of America, with an annual revenue of over $50 million.
The properties are operated under various internationally recognised brands such as Hilton Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Accor Hotels, and Oaks Hotels & Resorts and Independent hotel chains.
These properties are held as either wholleyowned businesses or as co-ownership structures under varied share holding capacities.
Sarin Investments also has other projects underway in the region. It will run the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and is building a hotel next door, which has been franchised by Accor Hotels as a 4.5-star Sebel hotel.
Complete with a restaurant and bar, the hotel will be purpose built to meet Sebel brand standards with warm, stylish and homely furnishings. The construction of the Events Centre is scheduled to be complete in April and to open for business in May.
The centre will provide a modern, ﬂexible space for community, conference, event and exhibition use. The council has stated that the facility will enable the region to host events and conferences that will greatly boost the vibrancy of the central Hutt and play a big part in driving the local economy forward.
The stimulus is expected to result in ﬂ ow-on effects to moteliers, restaurants and retailers, the creation of new jobs, and the boost to the economy in general. Sarin Investments is also developing a Holiday Express in Christchurch and is converting a Queenstown property into a Holiday Inn.
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