Ibis Hotels, the budget brand of the Accor Hotel Group, is designed for business travelers, yet comfortable for the leisure set, too.
The hotel has overhauled all 155 rooms and public areas as well as installed structural strengthening to meet the city’s new building codes. Although just four-years old when the quake hit, it is virtually a brand new property for the city. And just as the former Ibis did, this 'new hotel' also features a lobby bar, restaurant and meeting room.
Located steps from the iconic Cathedral Square and a few blocks away from a newly established shopping district, the central location will be a draw for not only tourists, but business travelers helping to rebuild the city to its former glory, a project that's already taken off with Project Re:Start which includes unique shopping mall.
The city has plans to be completely re-opened by the middle of 2013. Accor’s Novotel hotel is scheduled to also re-open at that time, while the future of the group’s two All Seasons hotels is yet to be determined due to restricted access to the hotels following the earthquake.
Rates at Ibis start at 119 NZD ($95) per night which are on par with the pre-disaster prices.
[Photo: Accor Hotels]