July 5, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

TFE Hotels is opening a new inner-city hotel in Sydney’s Surry Hills as part of the $200 million mixed-use Surry Hills Village redevelopment.

Alongside TFE’s new Collection property – a first for Sydney; others in Australasia include The Calile in Brisbane and the Hotel Britomart in Auckland – the 1.2ha site at the end of the long dining bustle of Crown Street will feature apartments and penthouses and retail and dining spaces. Of particular note is the presence of the Fink Group who are already responsible for some of Sydney’s destination restaurants, including Quay above the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay and Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House.

TFE’s new property will have 102 rooms and include a restaurant and bar and a rooftop infinity swimming pool.

TFE Hotels CEO Antony Ritch said TOGA Group, which is undertaking the redevelopment has been instrumental in the transformation of Surry Hills into a sought-after lifestyle destination.

“Surry Hills is home to one of the city’s premier restaurant, dining, and boutique precincts. This Collection property will become a destination in its own right.”

“When we’re looking at Collection hotels, we are looking for partners with personal attachments to the property, and the passion to build a legacy for the community,” he said.

TOGA Group managing director and chairman of TFE Hotels confirmed event spaces were part of the plan for the development.

“This will be a curated precinct of sophisticated retail, a new bespoke hotel, stylish residences, a progressive workspace and contemporary event spaces,” he said.

“Important to our vision is the legacy we create and leave for the communities in which we develop, and we see that Surry Hills Village will be a place that people can live, work, stay and visit for many years to come.”


General manager appointed for new Porter House Hotel in central Sydney

Joleen Hurst has been appointed the GM of Accor’s new property on Castlereagh St in the heart of Sydney’s city centre.

The 122-key M Gallery hotel is set for a spring opening, slightly delayed from its original plans to open this month.

Hurst has a long track record with Accor, with over two decades of GM experience, having first been appointed to a general manager role at just 25. She has overseen properties including Sebel Quay West Suites and Apartments and Novotels at Sydney Airport, in Launceston and in Glen Waverley in Melbourne.

“I am so excited to be part of this journey and introduce guests to an exciting – and elegant – new era for the iconic Porter House.

“The redeveloped Porter House plays with the concept of intriguing contrasts and by placing two extraordinary buildings together, we have created something remarkably original. I can’t wait to take local, interstate and international guests on this fascinating journey of discovery with me.”

The hotel will feature two floors entirely devoted to meeting space and private dining.


Peter Minatsis to lead Le Méridien Melbourne

Marriott International has appointed Peter Minatsis as GM of Le Méridien Melbourne which is set to open in early 2023 on the site of the former Palace Theatre at the top of Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Minatsis has been leading the team at Sheraton Melbourne for the last five years and has worked across various other high-end Marriott properties in Sydney and Fiji in his 17 years with Marriott.

“Peter is a highly experienced hotelier with a proven track record for delivering outstanding results,” said Marriott’s area vice president for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Sean Hunt.

Minatsis said the Le Méridien brand was a great fit for Melbourne.

“I look forward to building a team that will foster my vision to create a destination for guests and associates that enables imagination and discovery whilst respecting the history of the hotel’s location.”

The 235-room hotel will have 210m2 of event space, a roof terrace and a café and restaurant.


Paul Flett takes the reins at Pan Pacific Perth

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointed Paul Flett as general manager of Pan Pacific Perth, with Flett making a cross-country move from Sydney where he’s been at the helm of PARKROYAL Parramatta.

As well as management roles at Pan Pacific in Australia and South Asia over the last decade, Flett has also held senior roles at IHG Hotels and Resorts in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

“We know Paul, who has held various GM positions within the Pan Pacific Hotel Group, will further enhance the great work done to cement Pan Pacific Perth’s position as one of the leading luxury hotels in the market,” said Pan Pacific’s COO Neo Soon Hup.

Flett said he was delighted to be approached for the Perth role.

“Since my first visit to Perth in 2013 this iconic hotel has long been a drawcard to Western Australia, and the opportunity to take the reins was too good to pass up.

“I look forward to working with my team and the community of Perth to ensure the hotel and the hospitality industry in WA continues to thrive.”

The 486-room hotel has the largest hotel event space offering Perth, including two ballrooms for 710 and 510 pax in theatre respectively.