Major new hotels for Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast

Australia’s accom development boom continues with the unveiling of three key projects this week.

US lifestyle brand Ace Hotels will make its Australian debut in 2021 with a 264-room Sydney development designed to embrace the food, art and culture of trendy Surry Hills.

The proposed Ace Hotel, Surry Hills. Image supplied

The 18-storey hotel will be built around Tyne House and feature 264 rooms, a ground floor lobby bar, restaurant and cafe, conference facilities, gym and a rooftop bar.

To ensure the hotel caters to the local market, an Australian firm will be appointed to design its interiors and rooftop bar, alongside Atelier Ace, Ace Hotel’s in-house creative and development team.

Established in 1999, Ace Hotels can be found across the US and in London and Kyoto, Japan.

“Opening an Ace Hotel in Sydney, and on our fourth continent, is a project that aligns with our Pacific roots and love of food, art, architecture, design and cultural creatives – things that are in rich abundance in our new Surry Hills neighbourhood,” said Kelly Sawdon, the group’s chief brand officer.

Jeff Xu, the managing director of Golden Age Group which is collaborating with Ace on the development, said: “The brand’s fresh approach to the hotel industry is one that has been missing from the local hotel market.

“Traditional five-star hotels are finding it hard to compete with lifestyle-driven hotels which place a greater emphasis on experience, culture and art. Cities abroad have been faster to adopt this new trend but Australia is still a young market, and there’s a demand for it.

“Ace Hotel is one of the best and draws inspiration from the characteristics of the city they operate in. Surry Hills is known for being a culinary hub with a stylish culture and acts as a great canvas to design a hotel from.”

Burleigh bling

The fast-growing Gold Coast tourism hotspot of Burleigh Heads may soon welcome two 23-storey towers and its first five-star hotel.

Nielson Properties lodged a development application last week in conjunction with Chris Vitale of Pointcorp to develop the $350 million project, which comprises a 132-key luxury hotel and 92 residential apartments.

The developers have signed a heads of agreement with a yet to be named five-star hotel brand new to Australia but which boasts properties in New York and Los Angeles.

Managing director of Nielson Properties, Ross Nielson, told The Urban Develop the collaboration with Vitale would create an integrated development across two neighbouring sites on The Esplanade which will ensure a better design outcome.

The proposal would mean demolition of the White Horses apartments and neighbouring Burleigh Court, creating a footprint of just over 4,000 sqm.

Plans include 394 car park spots, creating capacity well beyond council requirements in an area notorious for parking issues. The developers have also committed to significant landscaping and street beautification in its submission to council.

The hotel and residential apartments will be housed in separate towers but connected by a three-level podium encompassing a hotel lobby, porte cochere, cafes and restaurants.

Hot Peppers

FV by Peppers rooftop pool. Image: REAL VISUALS MEDIA PTY LTD

Described as “a new level of inner-city sophistication”, FV by Peppers has announced the opening if its third and final Brisbane final tower encompassing the heritage-listed Forester’s Hall.

The opening of ‘No.1’ completes the $600 million, three-tower development in Fortitude Valley’s Alfred Street.

The tower has added four new room types to the hotel, all of which include kitchens, a laundry, separate lounge and dining areas.

Guests will have access to the development’s skyline pool, 20-person cinema, yoga studio, gym, and three hireable VIP lounges which include a private spa, bar and dining area overlooking Brisbane’s CBD and Story Bridge. The hotel also boasts business and meeting facilities, a library, private workstations and a restaurant and bar.

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