It’s a Hilton that doesn’t really look like a Hilton, but more like a boutique property.
Our client for this project likes the hotels they own to have character and a genuine acknowledgement of place, so that’s what we delivered. From the moment you enter the hotel you get a sense of Auckland harbour and not just because of the hotel’s panoramic views across the water. The colours and textures, the nautical references and the gentrified wharf-y atmosphere gives the lobby area a distinct personality. The reception desk itself has been crafted like a clinker–built yacht hull and a flotilla of resin boats sailing across the ceiling, from the porte cochere to the reception desk, lights the way for guests.