AccorHotels New Zealand has rebranded the Mercure Wellington to Grand Mercure Wellington, following a NZ$12 million transformation, elevating the hotel to a flagship property in the region.

The hotel overlooks Wellington’s Cuban Quarter, a well known area home to a selection of entertainment and food establishments.

All guest rooms and suites have received completely modernised décor featuring 49 inch TVs, Bose sound systems and rain showers added to the ensuites. Three additional executive guest rooms have been added during the upgrade, bringing the total number of guest rooms to 114.

The Grand Mercure Wellington offers a new standalone restaurant, Forage Kitchen & Bar,  as part of its makeover. Located just a short stroll to the nearby Cuba and Willis Street’s community of artisan food producers, Forage Kitchen & Bar reflects Wellington’s food culture and hospitality scene.

AccorHotels’ Senior Vice President Operations, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar says, “Grand Mercure is an internationally recognisable brand name in the upscale hotel space, and we saw an opportunity to further leverage the brand’s presence in New Zealand.

“Following an extensive transformation, Grand Mercure Wellington will not only enhance but elevate the existing property to a flagship hotel in its precinct.

“By rebranding to Grand Mercure, the distinctive culture and traditions of the hotel’s surrounds now come to life through the local interpretation of the four signatures of the brand: Sense of Welcome, Sense of Taste, Sense of Wellness and Sense of Culture and Discovery through every touchpoint of the hotel’s transformation.”

Guest facilities at Grand Mercure Wellington include free WiFi, seven pillarless meeting spaces, a  boardroom, private dining room and upgraded leisure facilities which include a 12m indoor heated swimming pool and gym with the latest running and cycling equipment (to be opened mid-year).

Grand Mercure Wellington joins a network of over 40 Grand Mercure hotels in the Asia Pacific Region.