The new ILT Langlands Hotel will be just as much for the locals as visitors, with its signature restaurant being built on the ground floor.
Media were invited for a look through the 4.5 star hotel site under construction with ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay and the ILT board this week, and given the rundown on the internal fit out.
“We’re breaking the rules for hotels,” Ramsay said. “We want to break down the barrier about the perception from locals that a hotel restaurant is for guests only.”
As well as the restaurant at ground level, there will be the house bar and a cafe – which will have the option of opening onto a covered laneway.
ILT communications manager Emma Hunter said in total there will be five food and beverage offerings once the hotel opens next year.
The top storey of the hotel will have a ‘niche’ bar for mixed use, and include an outdoor balcony and barbecue for private functions.
The $40 million hotel is the Invercargill Licensing Trust’s biggest project to date and is being built by Christchurch-based Leighs Construction.
Chris said cladding on the 3000m2 structure will begin shortly,” so you will get a feel for what it is like.”
Stage one of the construction would feature 80 guest rooms, with an additional 40 rooms added when there was demand.
A conference area for up to 120 guests would largely cater for the local market, while the Ascot Park Hotel would retain the bigger events.
At 32 sqm, the rooms are slightly larger than average and featured triple glazing to reduce any outside noise.
Chris said many of the corporates who stayed in town were here for more than one night, so they needed to be comfortable.
There was a lot of thought that went into hotel accommodation, including the ceiling being low at one end and higher at the other, so the guest felt like they were walking into their own space.
And with a central control panel that operates everything in your room, including light switches and Bluetooth, you wont even have to get out of bed.
“It will have all the new tech,” he said.