Minor Group’s Avani Hotels and Resorts is heading to New Zealand following the company’s acquisition of Metro Suites in Auckland.

In a deal worth over NZD$11 million dollars, the Metro Suites’ 40-storey luxury tower will be transformed through a major room refurbishment program and rebranded as Metropolis Avani Residences by October 2017.

Revealed to almost 800 delegates at the at the eighth annual Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) in Melbourne this week (May 3-4), the 370 key property was built in 1999 at a reported NZD$ 180 million dollars and occupies a prime CBD position in the city.

Avani Group Director, Alejandro Bernabe, said: “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with the Metropolis body corporate and secure this property for the New Zealand launch of our Avani brand.

“Metro Suites presented itself as a compelling acquisition opportunity to expand our foothold within the Asia Pacific region, and we look forward to introducing the Avani brand into this market later in the year.”

Each of the property’s one and two bedroom apartments will be transformed as part of the revitalisation program, which is due to commence imminently, and will adopt Avani’s signature brand hallmarks.

Rooms will feature spacious living and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, and will be accompanied by stunning views over the city skyline, harbour and beyond. Leisure facilities include a 22-metre heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spas, sauna, gymnasium with male and female facilities, and steam room.

Avani Hotels and Resorts is part of Minor Hotels which already has a strong presence in New Zealand through the Oaks Hotels and Resorts brand where it currently operates two resorts in Queenstown.

There are now 18 Avani hotels and resorts in 12 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management