Time of transition for Rendezvous and Christchurch

The Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch will be reopening on May 1 as the city slowly recovers from the February 2011 earthquakes. The hotel has 171 guest rooms over 11 levels of the Pacific Tower building on Gloucester Street. It sits opposite the restored heritage laneway of New Regent Street which holds 30 boutique stores, cafes and bars.

The hotel design and structure has the same look and feel as when it was first opened in 2010, however it now has some added enhancements including an outdoor seating area off the lobby and bar.

Hotel general manager Brad Watts told micenet it was an exciting time for the hotel.

“There has already been a lot of interest for small day meetings, seminars and training using our boardroom-style meeting facilities,” Mr Watts said.

He said the hotel has also had many PCOs enquiring about hosting their convention groups.

“Christchurch’s new convention centre is to be built less than a block from the hotel on Gloucester Street so we will be ideally located to provide delegate accommodation.”

Mr Watts said Christchurch is seeing the rebuilding phase as an exciting time of transformation for the city with its innovation and creativity already being recognised by respected organisations including Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor.

“Transitional city streetscapes are making the place colourful and more inviting as some of New Zealand’s best artists and designers [are] taking to the streets to express their creativity.

“Soon we hope to see the heritage tramway restored and running past the hotel, [and] next year will see the completion of the Isaac Theatre Royal just opposite us – a historic theatre set to be a really magical new venue. And nearby is Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s new Cardboard Cathedral with seating for 700, which is another venue and attraction that puts Christchurch on the international map.”

The Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is now taking bookings from May 1, 2013 and is offering guests 10 per cent off the best available rate every day of the week as well as free internet connectivity, local telephone calls and discounted charges for other hotel services.