Artist's impression of the new refurbishments Artist's impression of the new refurbishments

Refurb for Holiday Inn AKL

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport will undergo a full refurbishment of all public spaces, starting next month.

The three-million-dollar redevelopment will transform the hotel’s public spaces, including the restaurant and bar, function rooms, hotel lobby, reception and swimming pool.

Building on the heritage, community and cultural significance of the hotel's location, creative design agency Designworks is tasked with drawing inspiration from New Zealand and Pacific to create a ‘welcoming heart’ for the hotel.

General manager Scott Schaefer said the refurbishment would “revolutionise” guest and visitor experiences.

‘The aim is to create an environment that’s not only an everyday escape for Aucklanders on business but a home-away-from-home for anyone connecting to domestic and international destinations,’ he says.

Existing Maori wood carvings, gifted by the local iwi, will be injected into the design and natural rope screens will create subtle dividers throughout the open plan space.

Stakeholders working on the redevelopment include Cockpit International, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Designworks, JSC Ltd and construction company Format.

Schaefer says the comprehensive project and investment by building owners Cockpit International demonstrated their commitment to Auckland and New Zealand tourism.

‘We look forward to connecting with our community for dining, weddings, ceremonies and family events, and acting as a hub for corporate conferences, seminars and events.’

The redevelopment is scheduled for completion in January 2018.