Heritage Canberra hotel for refurbishing

One of Canberra’s most historic hotels, heritage-listed Hotel Kurrajong, will close for six months for a major refurbishment to bring it up to 4½ star standard.

The hotel was acquired from the ACT government in a joint venture by the Toga Hotel Group and the NRMA in March 2013 for $7.6 million.

TFE Hotels chief executive Rachel Argaman said the Hotel Kurrajong would close on July 11, “The 147-room Hotel Kurrajong Canberra illustrates Commonwealth architecture and the newly refurbished rooms will retain historical features, including pavilions, deep verandahs and radiating courtyards,” she said.

The hotel was designed in 1924 by the ACT government’s chief architect, John Smith Murdoch but closed in 1976 due to declining patronage and it became the temporary offices for parliamentary staff.

NRMA head of media Peter Khoury said the renovations would be conducted in accordance with heritage restrictions and every effort would be made to preserve the political history of the hotel.

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