From fairway to runway – Australia’s newest hotel plans revealed

Australia’s former goldfield capital may have struck it rich with the announcement that Hilton is looking to develop a $22 million hotel.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder, renowned in previous eras for less salubrious forms of accommodation, could see the Hilton-run hotel built on the site of the outback WA town’s golf course.

Hilton has signed a Letter of Understanding which states the group would like to be considered for the development project.

Pacifica Developments would build the 120-room resort, including a pool, day spa and $4 million clubhouse for the Goldfields Golf Club, with the world-famous hotel operator running the property as part of its Double Tree portfolio.

The development would create a permanent home for the Goldfields Golf Club, which currently runs out of a demountable building following ongoing divisions between the club and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder about a permanent replacement.

The town’s mayor, John Bowler, said: “Since being elected mayor I have maintained a focus on achieving what council set out to do many years ago.

“I see this as a significant contribution to our liveability.”

The Double Tree would be Hilton’s seventh in Australia, with others scattered around metro and regional areas including Alice Springs, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin and Perth.

Meanwhile, Adelaide’s newest luxury hotel is nearing completion with the Atura Adelaide Airport scheduled to open next month.

The seven-storey hotel is the latest addition to Event Hospitality and Entertainment’s extensive stable, which includes QT Hotels and Resorts, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, Atura Hotels, Thredbo Resort and Event Cinemas.

Described as “urban, industrial, and with design at its core”, the Atura Adelaide will service travellers using Adelaide Airport, with a direct walkway linking the hotel with the airport’s domestic and international check-in areas.

It features 165 guest rooms, 24-hour reception, the Hangar Bar & Grill, a business centre, eight function and meeting spaces, a gym and a port-cochere for guest drop off and collection.

Event’s director of hotels, Norman Arundel, said: “Adelaide is a vibrant city, home to an incredible food and wine scene, fabulous beaches, and a wealth of cultural events.

“The airport has grown substantially in recent years and passengers demand the convenience of a close hotel.

“Atura Adelaide Airport will provide travellers the opportunity to experience the Atura philosophy of value-driven urban design and great local hospitality. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the airport community of staff into the Hangar Bar and Grill to enjoy our quality food and beverage.”

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