Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Christchurch Airport’s long-delayed Novotel hotel will open to its first guests on Monday. The $80 million hotel, owned by the airport and to be run by hotel company Accor under its Novotel brand, has 200 rooms plus bar, restaurant and conference facilities.
It was built by Fletcher Building and was originally scheduled to be finished in late 2017 but faced a series of delays and postponed openings. Since the start of November, booked guests have been redirected to other hotels.
The hotel’s general manager, Olivier Lacoua said the hotel had been worth the wait and was “looking great”. It has employed 120 staff. On the day before the opening, Novotel is making the hotel available as a fundraiser for Canterbury teenager Maddie Collins, who has been fighting kidney disease for 10 years.
The Collins family is taking bookings for people wanting to stay a night in the hotel and enjoy a function on Sunday, with proceeds going both to support Maddie and to help promote kidney donation.
Maddie, aged 15, is currently in Auckland’s Starship Hospital battling rejection after her second kidney transplant early last year. Her mother Sarah Collins said they had so far sold about 60 rooms for the fundraiser. Olivier approached us and offered us the hotel for the night – they weren’t expecting it and we were blown away by their generosity.