Wyndham opens its first Microtel in New Zealand

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts opened New Zealand’s first Microtel by Wyndham in the nation’s capital, Wellington, on Monday.

Located on Vivian Street, Microtel by Wyndham Wellington Central will target business and leisure travelers who appreciate the convenience of the CBD location.

The property has 81 rooms, designed with dark, neutral tones and a touch of street art with unique pieces such as Banksy art prints. The hotel will also incorporate sustainability initiatives such as an in-room amenities recycling program.

“As the borders gradually open, we are excited to introduce our Microtel by Wyndham brand to the Australasian market to tap into pent-up travel demand and cater to business and leisure travelers seeking an experience of simple and seamless travel, without sacrificing important comforts and exceptional customer service,” said Joon Aun Ooi, president of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific.

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington Central joins Wyndham’s growing portfolio of 16 hotels in New Zealand, and Ooi says there will be many more in the years to come.

“Looking forward, we will have three unique brands located in the city of Wellington to cater to all types of travelers looking for budget, mid-range or lifestyle accommodation options while enjoying the main business and leisure centers of the city,” he said.

Through Wyndham’s global partnership with Oracle Hospitality, the hotel will operate an interactive lobby with the ability to offer contactless arrival experiences through mobile check-in and keyless entry.

Wyndham has partnered with New Zealand developer Stonewood Group to develop the hotel, which will be operated by longtime partner Marsden Group – which currently operates eight Wyndham properties in New Zealand.

“We’ve partnered with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to create stylish, affordable accommodations in New Zealand’s premier travel destinations for many years and look forward to bringing even more options to all types of travellers” , said Marsden Group Director Michael Osborne.

“Our ongoing partnership with Wyndham remains strong and we look forward to rolling out the Microtel by Wyndham brand to other parts of New Zealand in the years to come.”

The award-winning midscale brand has more than 340 hotels located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and the Philippines, and recently announced its rapid expansion into China, with 20 new hotels expected to open by end of 2022.

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington Central is Wyndham’s second hotel in Wellington, following the opening of Ramada Suites by Wyndham Taranaki Street Wellington in June 2021, and will be closely followed by the launch of TRYP by Wyndham Tory Street Wellington which is expected to open in the next 12 months.

The company’s expansion into Australasia supports the company’s mission to reach “2,000 hotels by 2025”.

Nicholas E. Crittendon