Travelodge Hotel Wynyard Quarter set to open
TFE Hotels’ new ‘heavy metal (and glass)’ superstar, Travelodge Hotel Auckland Wynyard Quarter, due to open its doors on 28 October, takes centre stage in Auckland’s up-and-coming, industrial-chic waterfront precinct. The property is big on style, but even bigger on heart, thanks to its refreshingly simple customer service philosophy, delivering ‘more of what you want, minus the unnecessary extras’.
Think Bohemian Rhapsody meets The Great Gatsby. Hip and happening, without a skerrick of pretension, footsteps from the city’s buzzing ASB Waterfront Theatre; head-turning superyachts; Auckland’s working fish market; zen Silo Park, complete with interactive playscapes and open air ‘silo’ cinema screens; North Wharf’s funky cafes, breweries and bars; and even the fussiest gourmand’s A-Z of sumptuously eclectic restaurants at every turn.
Not forgetting the win-win of booking a trendsetting hotel at a mid-level price point, just a stone’s throw from where the world’s yachting elite will descend, starting December, to contest events in the lead-up to the 36th showdown of the America’s Cup (March 2021).
Unobstructed views – also stretching east to Auckland CBD’s skyline, punctuated by the city’s Sky Tower landmark – are just the start of Travelodge Wynyard Quarter’s undeniable charm in a ‘must stay’ location. Already a hit with locals and fast gaining a reputation as the ultimate ‘weekend escape’, boasting boardwalks, east, to the CBD and, west, to Auckland Harbour Bridge (itself earmarked for development of a pedestrian/bicycle pathway, linking Westhaven Marina to North Shore beaches and nature reserves).
In keeping with the emerging inner-city neighbourhood’s industrial-chic footprint and maritime heritage, TFE Hotels’ newest Travelodge property (only the second in New Zealand, tag-teaming Wellington) certainly sets the tone for ongoing development in its immediate vicinity. The seven-storey, 154-room hotel is the first of six new buildings under development as part of a mixed-use commercial/residential block owned by transport and infrastructure investor, Infratil. Giving a nod to the precinct’s industrial past, it features a sawtooth roof and stunning patchwork façade of exposed steel, glass and concrete panels. Internally, the hotel’s cavernous, warehouse-like lobby kicks goals when it comes to delivering a dramatic sense of arrival for guests, via its double-height, 4.5m ceiling.