Marriott International today announced it expects to debut its booming Four Points brand in New Zealand with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Auckland in late 2017. Owned by Russell Property Group and Lockwood Auckland Properties, the 255-room hotel will be located in the heart of the city at 396 Queen Street, Auckland's main retail and dining strip. Today's signing marks Marriott's continued expansion in New Zealand following the signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland.
"We are extremely excited to expand Marriott International's presence in Asia Pacific with the launch of the Four Points brand in New Zealand," said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President of Brand & Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. "The Four Points brand is rapidly growing around the world, especially in the Pacific region. We have two Four Points hotels open in Brisbane and Perth. In addition, we have three hotels under development, two in Sydney and a flagship property in Melbourne. We are looking forward to the opening of the Melbourne property later this month."
"Together with Russell Property Group and Lockwood Auckland Properties, we see huge potential for the Four Points by Sheraton brand in New Zealand, where demand for new hotel rooms continues to grow. With occupancies and room rates at a record high, it's a thrilling time to be investing in this market," said Maria Verner, Manager of Development, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International.
Four Points by Sheraton Auckland will feature 255 guest rooms with impressive views of the city, an all-day dining restaurant, bar and lounge, approximately 300 square metres of conference and meeting space, a fitness centre, and convenient on-site parking facilities. Reflecting the brand's promise to provide what matters most to today's independent travellers, the hotel will offer all of the brand's defining touches, including the signature Four Comfort bed, complimentary bottled water, fast and free Wi-Fi in all public areas, an energising breakfast, and the brand's signature Best Brews™ programme, helping guests to enjoy their day from start to finish.
The hotel, which is being converted from office space, will be ideally located adjacent to Aotea Square on Queen Street, the hub of the city, abundant with popular shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. A 30-minute drive from Auckland Airport and in easy reach of the city's key attractions, including Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland Art Gallery and The Civic Theatre, as well as the New Zealand International Convention Centre opening in 2019, the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, the hotel is well positioned for leisure and business travellers alike.
"We are delighted to partner with Marriott International to open the first Four Points hotel in New Zealand and look forward to working together to provide our guests the comfort and authentic service they have come to expect from Four Points," said Brett Russell, Russell Property Group's Managing Director.
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