ibis Tainui

Alma Street, Hamilton Central

After a long stint as an MIQ facility, ibis Hamilton Tainui was in dire need of refurbishment. The new design captures the energetic and vibrant spirit of ibis hotels while reflecting our beautiful region and distinct cultural narrative. 

Throughout the premises are incredible works of art by Waikato Tainui Head Carver, Renata Te Wiata, across a range of mediums, from striking stained timber to stunning window graphics which catch the light beautifully. 

The rooms are simple, minimal, neutral and bright, creating a sense of calm for guests. Throughout the hotel our CMF choices were hard wearing while also maintaining softness and warmth.

Each floor has its own colour, simplifying wayfinding and bringing vibrancy to an otherwise standard hotel corridor. In the common areas a directional light strip guides guests through the premises in a surprising and unique way.

The new design for ibis Hamilton Tainui creates a unique reflection of the hotel’s incredible location on the Waikato river as well as it’s local owners, Tainui Group Holdings. Alongside Renata's stunning work we specified artwork, decor and furnishings by local NZ makers, both to generate a strong sense of place and to use this project to support our local industry. 

Ibis also encourage the use of circular economy so we reused elements of the old fitout where possible, such as the bar and reception counters - rather than building new ones we re-clad the old ones. 

It was a privilege working with the talented project team of Tainui Group Holdings, Accor, Naylor Love, Taylor Coleman and Rider Levett Bucknall to achieve a new standard for Ibis in the South Pacific.

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