Inside the Observatory Hotel in Christchurch’s Arts Centre, where the largest room can cost $1000 a night

The Drawing Room was described as the ‘heart’ of the new hotel in the Christchurch Arts Centre.

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The Drawing Room was described because the ‘coronary heart’ of the brand new resort within the Christchurch Arts Centre.

The $290 million restoration of Christchurch’s Arts Centre will take a serious step ahead subsequent week with the opening of a brand new boutique resort.

The 33-room Observatory Resort will open within the historic advanced of buildings on Could 7.

Arts Centre director Philip Aldridge mentioned the resort, which takes up the historic biology and physics buildings on Hereford St, was distinctive for its location and design.

“This resort is nationally vital. We’re not conscious of every other resort in New Zealand fairly prefer it.”

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Each room in the hotel is unique and features William Morris prints.

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Every room within the resort is exclusive and options William Morris prints.

Resort supervisor Vicki Bretherton mentioned every room was distinctive.

The most important room, tucked within the rafters of the historic constructing, prices greater than $1000 an evening in the course of the peak season. Smaller rooms can be found from $279 throughout autumn and winter. There are 22 king rooms and 11 premium rooms.

“Each room is completely different,” she mentioned.

“There isn’t a cookie cutter method to this constructing when it comes to the design and fit-out. That makes it way more attention-grabbing.”


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The fit-out of the resort was overseen by inside designer Jessica Shut, who needed it to really feel like a big historic home.

“Each room has its personal design scheme and persona,” she mentioned.

“The design is my trendy tackle the humanities and crafts motion. I used William Morris prints all through – an historic nod to the motion and the Gothic revival buildings the resort is housed in.

“The Arts Centre is a rare place, and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the reimagining of those buildings.”

A king room in the hotel with gothic windows overlooking the south quad of the Arts Centre.

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A king room within the resort with gothic home windows overlooking the south quad of the Arts Centre.

The general public areas characteristic artwork on the market curated by The Central Artwork Gallery, with artwork within the rooms curated by The Creators Room.

Within the resort’s ornate drawing room, described because the “coronary heart of the resort” by Bretherton, there are work by Dick Frizzel and Leigh Martin on show and accessible for buy.

The Arts Centre was badly broken within the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and has been slowly restored over the past 11 years. The resort is among the final buildings to be restored.

The mission was funded with $168m in insurance coverage cash, together with grants and fundraising.

A view of the south quad of the Arts Centre with the observatory and hotel on the left.

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A view of the south quad of the Arts Centre with the observatory and resort on the left.

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