Although not necessarily a must, one of the joys of travelling is finding a great hotel to stay at. Even better if it has interesting details to share about with friends and family back home. For those who are fans of great design and art, one of these fabulous hotels are sure to be the ideal home away from home.
Art and design is trending in New Zealand’s hotel industry with the opening of a breath-taking new lodge in the Southern Alps, a new Auckland city hotel signed by Kiwi fashion designer WORLD, and a design hotel that gave artists free rein to design directly on the walls of 25 suites. See which of these hotels might tickle your fancy.
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2. So/ Auckland
So/ Auckland is a distinctive new experience in New Zealand’s biggest city. A first for Australasia and South Pacific, and only the seventh in the world, So/ teamed up with Kiwi fashion innovator WORLD to create a sophisticated five-star, 130-room inner-city hotel. WORLD’s Benny Castles spent three years bringing his signature bold character to the design, inspired by the city’s volcanic origins and the heritage building’s former life housing gold reserves, and described as “a hypnotic experience where the outside world is left behind.”
Dutch design house Moooi founder Marcel Wanders, famous for creating multi-layered sensory experiences, is responsible for the ground floor fit out. And, as if that’s not enough, guests can be seen around town in the gold Bentley SUV.
So/ Auckland is centrally located in New Zealand’s biggest city on the fringes of the bustling Britomart/Fort Street hospitality precinct where some of the city’s best flavours are to be found. After dining in So/’s 15th floor restaurant (helmed by an acclaimed French chef, former owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant in France), whip around the corner for one of Giapo’s amazing ice-cream creations.
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