November 9, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier
Beachfront hotel on Sydney’s northern beaches Manly Pacific has reopened nine refurbished meetings and events spaces, while QT Gold Coast has provided details of the first stage of its transformative renovation of rooms, meeting spaces and food and beverage offerings, which is expected to be complete this summer.
Manly Pacific reopens 1,000m2 of oceanside meeting space
The 213-room hotel is the midst of a $30 million renovation, set for completion in early 2023. And after a four-month closure, with all works on its conferencing facilities done and dusted, Manly Pacific has reopened more than 1,000m2 of event space, including its beachside pillarless ballroom, which can host up to 550 attendees standing, 500 people in theatre or 350 for a seated banquet.
The renewed interior design of the conference spaces by Coco Republic is intended to reflect a focus on wellness, with tranquil tones and an airy feel with lots of light.
The spaces have upgraded AV technology including laser projectors and are serviced by the hotel’s executive chef, Ryan Dawson, via the award-winning Bistro Manly.
“In more recent times, we’ve seen that MICE guests’ needs have changed, wanting to mix business with leisure,” said Manly Pacific general manager Dylan Cole.
“With front-row seats to Manly Beach, you get the feeling you’re having a meeting on the waterfront, basking in the rays of sunlight coming in through the windows.
“With our new elevated design and technology, coupled with the best of local Manly suppliers, we look forward to welcoming a new wave of MICE business to the area.”
QT Gold Coast releases details of almost-complete refurbishment
The 293-room QT Gold Coast has upgraded both its interior design and its technology across its event spaces and its rooms, as part of the first stage of an extensive renovation.
In renewed conference spaces, hearing loop technology for delegates who are hearing impaired has been added as well as ultrabright projectors, integrated media and lighting controls, new speaker systems and new wireless connectivity technology.
Interiors throughout the conference spaces have been refreshed, with the level two meeting spaces taking their inspiration from the Venice Beach subculture. As the largest part of the meeting space transformation, the Malibu room has been extended out onto the rooftop, with an alfresco dining area on the terrace and a wood-fire oven, smoker and Argentinian grill making the space feel like a backyard.
The hotel’s poolside area, The Spring, has also been revamped, mixing tropical textiles with QT’s signature black and white and offering event space for up to 150 people.
The accommodation rooms have likewise had a significant do-over with bold contemporary colours feeding a beachy boho chic vibe, juxtaposed with modernised vintage imagery.
New technology in the room provides sustainable climate control and energy saving measures.
“With every development, we will continuously bring QT to the forefront of hospitality and tourism. QT Gold Coast’s redevelopment is a complete reinvention in functionality, design and technology,” said QT Hotels and Resorts group general manager Callum Kennedy.
“It is evolving with the city’s coming of age, as the best place to meet on the global stage.”