The lobby’s refurbishment included new stone flooring drawing on inspiration from the art deco styling, pendant lighting installed, lifts refurbished while still keeping the original detailing, and an old internal staircase, which had been closed for years, exposed and restored to its former art deco glory.
Kessner says the project is a good example of the current move towards increasing individuality in hotels.
“More and more people want to stay in a place that is not vanilla, but which has personality and offers you some connection with either its history or location.
“This project does that – it’s got quite a feminine personality that celebrates the history of the building both in terms of the tearooms and the naming after the Windsors.”
Even hotel brands, she notes, are seeking differentiation between their hotels, with the brand itself a comment on the level of service and finish expected, rather than an individual property’s identity.
Kessner says the Hotel Grand Windsor has experienced high demand since the refurbishment.
“I’m aware the upgrade, albeit a significant investment for the owner of the building is reaping its rewards in terms of return on investment,” she says.
The refurbishment has sparked a flurry of positive comment on TripAdvisor, with visitors noting ‘sensational decor’, ‘tasteful decoration with a superb finish’, an ‘incredible’ transformation, with ‘world class’ furnishings, and one reviewer noting ‘it was a bit like being in a movie set with a quirky breakfast area and rooms with unique furnishings’.
“We really valued the opportunity to resurrect what was a very tired, old building in Auckland Central into something that is quite beautiful,” Kessner says.
“It was challenging but to see the end product, and to see people enjoying using the space is wonderful.
“This project was a good example of how we can accept the challenge of existing spaces and celebrate the opportunities they bring in terms of their existing bones and structure and then enliven and enhance them to give a building a new future.”
28 Nov, 2018
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