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`Off The Square` is just that - located within metres of the city cathedral. The former theatre had been abandoned for years before it was renovated and opened in 2003. A fresh development with restored historical facade that was first worked on by the well known New Zealand motorbike designer John Britten, who by his initial approach to this building ensured that there would be no room that is square. The 38 rooms all offer a unique and different interpretation for clients to explore.
The soft new age modernism of the Hotel Off The Square is typical of the style of hotels known as HIP or Highly Individually Placed. A development within the boutique hotel category, this hotel is a high branded, multi star service establishment. In the high-design age, Off The Square provides a stylish alternative to hotels reflecting sameness.
Another aspect of Off The Square is its quirky and unusual approach to the decor and hotel experience. The city tramway runs through the hotel, an artist in house works on a fresco type painting on the grand wall in the foyer, a stunning Paul Jackson painting on the first level opens the Hotel’s artscape and is sure to evoke response. There is New Zealand pop icon art, Kiwi experience photography, NakedArt body forms from local fitness instructors and some surprises for those who venture to the hotel.
Off The Square will provide a big name in design and fashion in the city and follows the distinctive style of HIP hotels. In Herbert Ypma's series of HIP hotel books these individualised hotels are described as part of the "high design revolution, high art, cool kitsch, Zen minimalist, chic loft living and lavish historical revivalism".
Those guests who take up a room will be captivated with the superb wall hangings from the textile artist Robin Royds. She has interpreted each room with great colour and texture. Many visits later, people will be still discovering the unique and wonderful `Off The Square` wall hangings.
The window decor is developed on McQuarrie wool drapings in a black chic styling. Designed in Christchurch and created with a Danish inspired approach. The wall colours are respectful of the local environment from Central Otago to Canterbury to native plants like the Pohutakawa. Furniture is covered in the new textile fabric ‘Slick and Sleek’ and along with all textile/fabric choices are specified well above the usual hotel offering.
The hotel is highly tekkie! Broadband ethernet connections are available in every room, so any needs in a fast new computer age are met. In addition there are even long beds made up for tall guys! As if to reinforce the hotel’s originality, none of the guestrooms is perfectly square, nor are they the same size. Colours, décor and artwork are unique to each room!
Studio room (standard):
Deluxe Room (superior):
The hotel is within the Cathedral Junction development, with five restaurant/bar areas, it offers something to suit, one example below...
Matiea Maison - The restaurant specializes in Basque cuisine, including tapas and paella. Heavy accents of steel and wood project an Old World atmosphere in the semi-formal restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily.
You can have provisions made available on request prior to arrival or from the hotel food/provision wagon that calls at rooms, the Studio rooms on request.
Cocktail bar Business centre Secure car park (additional fee direct) Restaurant Baby sitting (on request) in room safe direct internet access Drycleaning/laundry facilities Mini bar on request hairdresser lift
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