Raising the bar in the Capital

Raising the bar in the Capital

After a seven-month closure and multi-million dollar refurbishment, the former Mercure Wellington officially rebranded yesterday as the Grand Mercure Wellington.
General manager Leigh Frame says guests and the local industry have been impressed with the transformation.
‘The best response we get is from those who knew the hotel before and see that the change has been quite outstanding.’

The Grand Mercure will be aiming for a five star Qualmark rating, he adds. ‘We will be complementing the other five-star hotels in Wellington. I think we will be playing in the same space as the QT Museum Hotel. Their restaurant product is quite unique and I think we can play in that space.’
The Grand Mercure’s new restaurant, Forage Kitchen & Bar, aims to showcase top local produce, ‘from flower to root and nose to tail’.  
The 68-seat restaurant enjoys views across Wellington city and harbour. The 114-guest rooms include a mix of superior, deluxe and executive twin rooms and seven executive suites. All have rain showers and offer 67 Sky TV channels, while executive twins and suites feature a Bose sound system, Nespresso coffee machine and 55” Smart TV.
Refurbished meeting spaces will open later in May, the hotel pool, gym and sauna in June, and Frame says a new spa is on the drawing board, possibly in 2018. Refurbishment was undertaken by hospitality design specialists, Space Studio.
Having the rebranded property open will help a currently distressed Wellington inventory, with major properties Sofitel Hotel Wellington closed until at least October, following a fire, and Amora Wellington announcing last week its temporary closure for a major refurbishment.

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