Australia’s newest accom boasts series of firsts

A rash of new hotels is springing up all over Australia – and they all have a claim to fame.

Work has begun on the Gold Coast’s first high-rise in over a decade, Sunland Group’s $250 million 94-apartment development in Mermaid Beach.

More than 60 percent of the two, three and four-bedroom apartments, villas and penthouses are already sold.

The Brisbane-based developer paid $13.4 million for the 1,821sqm Hedges Avenue site in June 2017, with approval granted in February.

“More than 90 per cent of purchasers at 272 Hedges Avenue are local owner-occupiers who understand the unparalleled lifestyle benefits of its location, and the privacy and amenity afforded by the absence of short-term accommodation provisions,” managing director Sahba Abedian said.

The project, which includes a concierge service, lounge, boardroom, function room, swimming pool, spa, gym, sauna, steam room, and treatment rooms, is slated for completion in 2022.

Twenty-year hiatus ends for Marriott

Meanwhile, Icon Co has been contracted to build the $250 million mixed-use Marriott Docklands in Melbourne, the hotel group’s first new property Down Under in 20 years.

The Docklands project has been a long time in the making, according to developer Capital Alliance’s chief executive Mohan Du, who secured the deal with Marriot in 2015.

“We’re tremendously excited in moving forward to commencing construction shortly and delivering the Docklands Residences,” he said.

The project includes 200 luxury hotel rooms and 110 contemporary apartments across two 17-level towers above the newly rebranded District Docklands, formerly Harbour Town Shopping Centre.

Construction will begin next month with completion planned for mid-2020.

Ingot sparkles in WA

The largest Choice hotel in the country is due to open in Perth this weekend.

Formerly Comfort Inn Bel Eyre Perth, the four-star property will launch under the name Ingot Hotel Perth as part of the Ascend Hotel Collection.

Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific says the property at 285 Great Eastern Highway in Belmont, Western Australia, will begin welcoming guests from 1 December following its $50 million redevelopment.

It boasts 214-rooms and family suites and amenities including 24-hour reception, a fitness centre, swimming pool, function and conference facilities and a restaurant and lounge area.

General manager Paul Rogers said: “Our hotel is accessible and convenient, catering to short-stay business visitors while also appealing to longer-stay travellers who will appreciate being located so close to both the airport and some of Perth’s major cultural and lifestyle highlights.”

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