At the beginning of December last year we re-launched ourselves from a Motel to a Hotel. As part of this we made several changes to upgrade the property both structurally, and also to improve the services we offer.
We started late last year by enclosing and carpeting the walk-ways which has gone a long way to reduce noise and keep the elements out. We added new signage to the exterior of the building and changed our name from Navigate Seaside Accommodation to Navigate Seaside Hotel & Apartments.
We applied for and were granted a liquor licence which allowed us to introduce a minibar filled with lots of scrummy local produce. We have also been offering a range of gourmet prepared meals for in room dining We have a gym pass available at City Fitness so guests have access to all the latest equipment and classes.
We have introduced a tablet into our reception area with links to local restaurants and activities and we even have a taxi app that can give an estimated cost for your trip at the touch of a button.
We have had some great feedback from a lot of our regular guests who have been really positive about the changes.
If you have been following us on facebook you may already be aware of some of the changes we have been making. If you don’t follow us on facebook – you should! This is also where we advertise any promotions, special deals, competitions, our glowing reviews and share general information about what’s happening in the area.
I am constantly asked how old the property is and Guests are always surprised when I tell them we are celebrating our 5th Birthday this year! I guess that is a combination of good design and facilities that have been well cared for.
That said, we are always looking for ways to improve and have a few more ideas in the pipe lines:
Our guests are already able to charge back to their room from most of the local restaurants – and we are really excited to be working with Milk & Honey, Pizza Pazzi, The Hatch and the Boardwalk Restaurant who will soon be delivering room service.
We have plans to offer a managers happy hour in the village green, and we are in the process of upgrading some of our furnishings and fittings to ensure we continue to provide the high standards our guests are accustomed to.
We believe in creating relationships within Ahuriri and promoting a sense of local community. We hope that the Crown and East Pier Hotels are successful in their conferencing as this creates an overflow of people looking for accommodation, tours and places to eat.
We love to see tour operators busy and recommend locally whenever possible. We truly believe in promoting not only ourselves but that in supporting Hawke’s Bay as a region this benefits us all. Success breeds success.
Ahuriri has so much to offer –Just because you live locally doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourselves every now and then and be a tourist in your own backyard.
You may belong to clubs, sports teams, be planning reunions, events, or celebrating special birthdays or anniversaries – all great excuses to explore and make use of the facilities on offer in our own home town.
With the recent crack-down on drink driving limits and OSH rules in the workplace – accommodation can be a great way to treat your staff and a fantastic alternative to the traditional office shout whether that be in the form of gift vouchers or a movie and a night away.
The village green and Box are now also licenced as part of the Navigate Hotel and can be used for a range of purposes, from pop-up-stores, product launches, displays, or as a meeting place for your team or club – there is even a bbq available.
The Vue Apartments and Port Vue meeting room lend themselves beautifully for a small cocktail party or extended family gathering.
- Stage a mid-winter Christmas party and we will supply the tree.
- Make a group booking for your wedding guests and we will offer a welcome treat
The possibilities are endless.
Photo: Re-launch party celebrations