Few hotel openings gather as much press as that of the Novotel Christchurch Airport. Initially scheduled to open its doors in December 2017, the hotel was subject to numerous setbacks and delays, with construction company Fletcher Building at one point announcing further provisions of $486 million, bringing the building’s projected losses to $660 million.

In 2019, the hotel began taking bookings for stays from November 1, but guests were rebooked elsewhere as online reservation sites bumped back their booking dates to December 2. The hotel finally opened on November 25.

Featuring modern décor, ergonomic comfort, and high-end facilities complemented by the convenience of its close proximity to the Christchurch Airport Terminal, it’s hard to deny the effect the Novotel Christchurch Airport might have on a city which has famously had its fair share of hardship in recent years.

The hotel is managed by Hind Management, who owns and operates both the Novotel and Sudima brands. Last June, Hind Management opened the first new-build hotel in the Christchurch CBD since the post-earthquake rebuilds began, the Sudima Christchurch City. Clearly a believer in the region, CEO and founder Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala was delighted to finally see the Novotel Christchurch Airport ready for business.

“We have 200 premium rooms over six stories, two restaurants and bars, conference facilities and a gym, all with expansive, panoramic views across the runway and the Southern Alps,” said Jhunjhnuwala. “There is no place like it in Canterbury, and we are pleased to bring this project to fruition for the convenience and enjoyment of travellers.”