June 24, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

micenet rounds up three show-stopping moments in the last few weeks from the hotel sector.

Refurbishment: Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley has just completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment, including to all of its 105 rooms and suites (picture above). Room upgrades include fully renovated bathrooms and sustainability measures like energy efficient lighting and bulk bathroom amenities to reduce waste.

The property’s General Manager Stephen Wills said the completed refurbishment marked the beginning of new accommodation experience in the Hawkesbury Valley.

“It also celebrates the tremendous hard work and dedication of our team throughout this 18-month-long refurbishment,” he said.

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley also has 10 indoor and outdoor event spaces, with the largest rooms able to host 250 theatre style.

First look: Sofitel Adelaide

Ahead of its opening in September, Accor have provided a first look at the interior of Sofitel Adelaide, which will comprise 251 rooms, event spaces and private dining rooms, a restaurant, two bars, swimming pool, fitness centre and a Sofitel Club Lounge. The largest event space will have capacity for up to 60 people.

“Distinguished by its bursting calendar of cultural events and flourishing passions for gastronomy, fine wine, music, fashion and design, Adelaide is an ideal destination for our Sofitel brand,” said Accor Pacific CEO, Simon McGrath.

“The hotel’s design reflects the distinct sense of style and sophistication of Sofitel. Sofitel Adelaide is one of our biggest hotel openings of 2021 and its level of luxury and onsite amenities will ensure it’s one of Adelaide’s most illustrious new destinations.”

New opening: Crystalbrook Kingsley

Newcastle’s first five-star hotel has opened, with the debut of Crystalbrook Kingsley in the NSW regional centre earlier this month.

The 130-room luxury hotel also has two meeting spaces – a boardroom for 10 and another meeting room with capacity for 28 people. The property occupies what was formerly the city administration buildings, locally known as The Roundhouse due to its curved frontage.

“It’s been an extremely fulfilling two and a half years since our purchase of the building, collaborating with architects, interior designers and sustainability specialists,” said Crystalbrook Collection CEO, Geoff York.

“We love that from an environmental stance, we were able to give a new lease of life to this iconic building. With our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we are continually seeking ways to avoid single-use of anything. Here we have world-class Modernist, Brutalist architecture that we could embrace and add longevity to; it is a wonderful win for sustainability.”

The hotel’s general manager Carl Taranto called the opening a “transformative moment” for Newcastle.

“The opening coincides with an explosion of interest in the Hunter Region just two-hours north of Sydney” he said.

“We look forward to showing visitors to Crystalbrook Kingsley – in the design and personality of the hotel, as well as the restaurant, bar and café offering – what Newcastle is all about: vibrant energy and nostalgia in one moment.”