May 14, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Starting on Monday, Pullman Cairns International will begin its most significant renovation works since the 321-room property opened 33 years ago in the centre of Cairns.

The first phase of refurbishment, with an investment in excess of $10 million, will see all rooms between floors three and 11 undergo design transformation, including new bathrooms.

A further $1 million is being invested in the rejuvenation of the hotel’s 11 meetings and events spaces – which includes the largest pillarless ballroom in Cairns, with capacity for 700 in theatre or 420 in banquet.

In a first for Cairns, a 42m2 LED screen will be installed in the Grand Ballroom as part of these works, which will be complete by mid-June 2021.

The hotel will remain open throughout the rejuvenation, with the initial nine levels of room refurbishments to be complete by October 2021. A second phase of renewal will be announced at a later date.


The Libraries at The Hotel Britomart

The Hotel Britomart in Auckland has been included in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2021 Hot List as just one of two properties in Australasia.

Earlier this month the 99-room TFE Hotels property, which opened last year, launched The Libraries, a set of intimate and larger meeting and private dining spaces within the hotel, including The Lounge for up to 70 standing, the Wine Library for dinners of up to 12 and the Papuke Room for seated meetings of up to 50.

Another TFE Hotels outpost, The Calile in Brisbane, has also been on a recent self-improvement quest, adding an organic rooftop vegetable garden, with produce to be used in the hotel’s Lobby Bar and restaurants. The hotel has also added four beehives on the roof, with the honey produced to be used in the Lobby Bar and sold in the onsite shop.