Sudima Hotels opened the doors of a new boutique hotel ·

Sudima Hotels opened the doors of a new boutique hotel

A great leap forward is coming to central Christchurch as the city continues its rebuild. On 1 June, Sudima Hotels opened the doors of a new $40 million five-star boutique hotel in the central city.

Sudima Christchurch City, the fourth hotel in the national group, has added high-grade stock to the city’s in-demand accommodation market with 86 rooms including 45 luxe king rooms, 33 luxe twin rooms, six luxe apartments, and, on the top floor, two executive apartments with outdoor balconies. Not only is the hotel a great development for Christchurch’s central city, but it also brings additional businesses to the upscale site. Exciting additions include Moss Spa, the first purpose-built spa to open since the earthquakes, and Vices & Virtues restaurant and bar.

The hotel is part of a new complex on the corner of Victoria and Salisbury Streets, formerly the site of the Strategy office building, which was demolished after the earthquakes. The complex will also include offices, retail and restaurants.

Sudima Christchurch City joins existing Sudima Hotels properties at Auckland Airport, Rotorua and Christchurch Airport. Two more, in Kaikōura and the Auckland CBD, are under also construction.

True to Sudima Hotels’ reputation as a sustainability, diversity and accessibility leader in the accommodation and hospitality sector, the group aims for all new hotels to be built to a standard that enables certification to carboNZero status as soon as possible following opening, as well as the ability to achieve accessibility accreditation from Be.Accessible. Sudima Christchurch City will open as a single-use plastic-free facility and will be the first hotel in New Zealand to have a plant-based bathroom range and biodegradable slippers.

Auckland based Sudima Hotels founder and CEO Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala says, “We are very proud to introduce this new hotel to the Christchurch market. It has something special to offer locals, domestic travellers and international visitors alike. We are adding a new string to our bow

with this hotel, which has the same values and service for which Sudima Hotels is known but provides a luxe, boutique experience that is a new addition for the group.

“This is the first new-build hotel to open in the Christchurch CBD since the rebuild began, and it signifies our great confidence in the local market and the prospects for the tourism sector. It represents a deepening of our investment in the greater Canterbury region after the $25 million makeover of Sudima Christchurch Airport hotel in 2015 and our investment in Kaikōura with a new Sudima Hotel due to open there in late-2020. We are especially pleased to have added 28 new full-time-equivalent jobs to the region in opening the Christchurch city hotel – plus contractors – because job creation is vital to the regeneration and growth of the city.”

Sudima Christchurch City hotel manager Maree Welgus says Sudima Hotels has kept in mind the needs and interests of locals as well as visitors throughout the development. “Sudima Hotels is an experienced operator around the country and adept at meeting the needs of leisure and business travellers – but with the Sudima Christchurch City development there’s also great establishments for locals to enjoy with high quality dining at Vices & Virtues restaurant and bar, and pampering at Moss Spa. Vices & Virtues restaurant and bar celebrates locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. People are increasingly looking for delicious food that is also nutritious, and a range of vegan, vegetarian and plant-based dishes is a signature part of the menu. Moss Spa is a luxurious space to relax and unwind, it will awaken the senses with its signature treatments using natural ingredients, such as Manuka honey, mineral clay and Kakadu Plum.

Both visitors to the city and locals can enjoy these upmarket additions to the city.

Fact Sheet

  • Opened on 1 June, Sudima Christchurch City has 45 luxe king rooms, 33 luxe twin rooms, six luxe apartments, and on the top floor, two executive apartments with outdoor balconies.
  • All rooms include a range of amenities:
    • Unlimited Wi-Fi
    • Espresso pod coffee machine
    • T2 tea range
    • 43” smart TV
    • Streamed movies
    • Amazon Echo
    • Open tile rain shower
    • Luxury bathroom amenity range
    • Bathrobe and biodegradable slippers
    • Yoga mat
    • Umbrella
    • Headboard artwork by Aroha Gossage, an emerging kiwi artist

    Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Sudima Hotels

    About Sudima Hotels

    Sudima Hotels is a New Zealand hotel brand that is passionate about and committed to delivering environmentally friendly and accessible hotels in New Zealand. It is an industry leader in setting sustainability benchmarks, having achieved the first carboNZero certification for a New Zealand hotel, and initiating a movement within its group of hotels to become single-use plastic free by 2020. All of its hotels are accessible and have been rated between Bronze and Gold for accessibility by Be Accessible.

    Underpinned by strong values that centre on caring, doing the right thing and working together, Sudima Hotels focusses on helping guests make the most of their day. Both leisure and corporate travellers will feel welcome and be greeted with a smile at Sudima Hotels.

    Sudima Hotels current locations include Auckland Airport, Rotorua, Christchurch Airport and has hotels currently under development in the Christchurch CBD, Kaikōura and most recently announced Auckland’s CBD.

    Sudima Hotels is owned and managed by Auckland-based entrepreneur and property investor Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala.


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