Exclusive: Accor readies to open new-build Sebel in Wellington

by Ruth Hogan

Accor is set to introduce a 60-key new-build apartment offering in Wellington next week, May 10, with the opening of The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt.

The business shared the announcement exclusively to HM ahead of the 14th Asia Pacific Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE), which takes place at the Adelaide Oval on May 3-4.

The High Street property, built by Sarin Investment, spans five levels and offers a mix of studio, one-bedroom and dual key apartments designed specifically for families and groups.

“The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt’s riverside location holds great appeal for visitors to the region,” said Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry.

“It is an outstanding property, built to a high standard with impactful details, and providing an impressive Italian culinary experience for hotel guests and the local community.”

With an electric blue colour palette throughout, the design elements have been inspired by the river, and surrounding hills.

“We wanted our guests to have a feel of a green, serene Aotearoa,” said Owner and Developer Raman Sarin.

“Thus, the natural elements are seen in the interior design including the hall carpets and exterior screen.

“We wanted to ensure we adhered to our reputation of delivering high standard projects and internally believe we’ve met those. We can finally focus on doing what we do best, operating a family run hotel with great efficiency, passion and care for our guests.”

The new hotel will be the only premium 4.5-star apartment-style hotel in Wellington.

“We are so proud of the end result – this hotel will be a real asset to all of Hutt Valley,” said Sarin.

The hotel features ground floor Italian restaurant and pasticceria Grazie offering a relaxed dining space inside and alfresco in the surrounding courtyard.