IHG Hotels & Resorts’ upscale hotel brand voco has opened its first hotel, voco Auckland City Centre, in Auckland, New Zealand.

The new hotel features 201 guest rooms and suites. Each room features sustainable bedding, smart in-room technology, artworks and stylish marble bathrooms with eco-friendly rain showers.

Opened in partnership with Pro-invest Hotels, the voco Auckland City Centre is part of a dual tower development.

The dual-tower development also features a 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre, expected to open later this month.

Pro-invest Hotels New Zealand area general manager Fraser McKenzie said: “As one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings of the year, the launch of voco Auckland City Centre marks an exciting period of growth for the voco brand as we see an influx of travellers returning to New Zealand.

“A stay at voco Auckland City Centre is all about indulgent accommodation with a refreshing twist and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the fun, unique hallmarks of this property with our guests.”

The ground-floor of the hotel has an Italian all-day dining facility, Mozzarella & Co, which serves a-la-carte, buffet breakfast artisan pizzas and pasta for lunch and dinner, along with beers and cocktails.

In June this year, the voco Auckland City Centre will open its rooftop open deck bar, Bar Albert.

Besides, the hotel offers a dedicated space for organising meetings, conferences and other events. Guests can choose from any of the five meeting rooms of the hotel.

In addition, visitors can avail all the facilities offered by the hotel including bars, lounges, community spaces, among others.

Recently, IHG opened its voco brand property in Johannesburg, Africa.