April 30, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

There’s been a number of hotel announcements this week. micenet wraps up the biggest takeaways for one quick hit of hotel news.

A by Adina opens sky high in Sydney

The new A by Adina apartment hotel opened in Sydney’s CBD this week, featuring a sky lobby 100m above the city, an integrated technology system giving guests a “sensory welcome experience” when they enter their room and blackout rooms with no windows.

The 194-apartment hotel also has a cocktail bar on level 22, Dean and Nancy – opening mid May – run by the team behind Maybe Sammy in The Rocks, which was named the 11th best bar in the world in 2020, and, down on street level, Maurice Terzini, of Icebergs fame, will be opening an Italian eatery that extends out onto the previously dormant Curtin Place.

Accor brings Peppers to the Yarra Valley

Entering its fourth Australian partnership with The Shakespeare Property Group, Accor has opened Peppers Marysville in wine country, the Yarra Valley, 90 minutes from Melbourne.

“We’re seeing strong visitor numbers at our regional properties, especially those located within easy driving distance of major cities, and we’re forecasting greater growth with travellers now able to travel freely across all Australian states and territories and the introduction of the trans-Tasman bubble,” said Accor Pacific CEO, Simon McGrath.

The property has five meeting spaces with capacity for up to 350 people. Also on site are a restaurant and bar, a tennis court, swimming pool and sauna, a day spa, and a gym.

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in the old GPO building

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney completes a serious clean

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, based in the historic General Post Office building has just completed a remediation of its exterior, spending 98,000 hours over two years to clean its intricate stonework and carvings.

“As custodians of heritage, our goal is to re-connect locals and future generations with this historic gem, as well as to share its unique story with everyone who visits The Fullerton Hotel Sydney through our enhanced heritage experiences,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel has nine event spaces, including Sydney’s largest pillarless hotel ballroom – up to 1,000 people in banquet – and the Heritage Ballroom with an 11m -high domed ceiling.

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport adds marble and wood panels in $4 million refurb

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport has also just completed a refurbishment of half of its stock, spending $4 million on new furnishings and bathrooms – think bronze light fixtures, wooden panels, leather headboards and grey marble in the bathroom.

The hotel has five conference spaces with capacity for up to 90, and is currently offering day delegate packages from $55 a head.

A refurbished room at Holiday Inn Sydney Airport | Photo: Sue Stubbs Photography

Mantra Terrace Hotel Brisbane reopens

The Mantra Terrace Hotel Brisbane has also undergone a multi-million-dollar refurbishment of its property and is now open for business again.

The hotel upgraded all of its 85 guest rooms, O Bar and Restaurant and its lobby and reception areas.