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Construction Begins on $100 Million Premium Hotel in Hamilton

Pullman Hamilton: Construction started on premium hotel set to open on Ward St in 2026Photo: Supplied

Pullman Hamilton: A Game-Changing Opportunity

Construction has officially commenced on the $100 million Pullman Hamilton, a new premium hotel poised to transform central Hamilton. Developers have hailed the project as “a game-changing opportunity” for the city and the surrounding Waikato region. The hotel, which will open its doors in 2026, promises to elevate the city’s hospitality landscape.

An Iconic Transformation

Pullman Hamilton will be housed in an extensively retrofitted building at 42-48 Ward Street, currently Hamilton’s tallest structure. The 18-level hotel will feature 191 luxurious rooms, making it a significant addition to the city’s skyline. The project is part of the Mistry Centre within the Centre Place shopping mall.

Luxury and Convenience Combined

The hotel will offer a range of high-end amenities, including two levels of underground parking, three floors dedicated to office and retail space, and day spa facilities. Guests will also enjoy multiple dining options, including a rooftop bar and restaurant that promise stunning views of the city.

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A Boost to Hamilton’s Economy

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate expressed her enthusiasm for the project, calling it “great news” for the city. “Hamilton is a visitor destination, and we have known for some time that we need 595 additional hotel rooms and serviced apartments by 2033 to meet visitor demand. Fieldays right now is a great reminder of that,” Southgate said. She highlighted the city’s rapid growth, noting that Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city and the fifth most visited region, with visitors spending around $1.9 billion annually.

Job Creation and Economic Impact

The construction of Pullman Hamilton is expected to create between 100 and 120 full-time jobs, providing a significant boost to the local economy. The hotel will play a crucial role in attracting more visitors and events to Hamilton, further enhancing the city’s appeal as a premier destination.

Partnership and Development

The Centre Place shopping precinct, where Pullman Hamilton is located, is co-owned and operated by Tainui Group Holdings (TGH). TGH has a successful partnership with Accor, Aotearoa’s largest hotel operator, which manages brands like Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, and Ibis. TGH CEO Chris Joblin expressed confidence in Accor’s ability to deliver quality service, enhancing the hospitality and tourism experience in Hamilton and the wider Waikato region.

“We are pleased to have worked with Mistry Centre on leasing and ownership matters at Centre Place to enable this development to go ahead as we believe Accor’s appointment will ensure quality hotel service and enhance the hospitality and tourism experience of visitors to Hamilton and the wider Waikato region,” said Joblin.

Looking Ahead

While developers have not specified a precise opening date beyond 2026, anticipation is already building for the debut of Pullman Hamilton. The project signifies a major investment in Hamilton’s future, promising to attract more visitors and stimulate economic growth in the region.