Midscale hotels abound for Canberra, regions

A new-build Mercure hotel for Canberra is taking bookings ahead of its opening early next year in the nation’s capital.

The five-storey, 125 room, Mercure Canberra Belconnen is currently under development some 8km from the CBD at the Canberra Labor Club precinct on Cameron Avenue.

The midscale hotel will adjoin the Belconnen club’s precinct via a connecting walkway allowing guests access to food, drink and entertainment facilities within the club.

Guestrooms will include workstations, Smart TVs and free wifi and the complex will offer gym and laundry facilities, a lobby lounge, food and beverage outlets, event and conferencing spaces and onsite parking.

Designed by May + Russell Architects, the hotel design draws inspiration from the local environment by “using colours and textures with a natural undertone while also drawing from some of the vibrant colours within the surrounding landscape”.        

Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific’s chief operating officer, said: “All eyes are on the nation’s capital at the moment, which is experiencing a renewed interest amongst investors and developers.

 “We are confident that the Mercure hotel will provide much-needed new hotel supply for Canberra and we look forward to welcoming the first guests to Mercure Canberra Belconnen.”

Smart Choice

Choice Hotels will launch five new properties across regional Australia under its Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge brands.

They include three properties in north-western NSW, with Tamworth’s 24-key Quality Inn Ashby House and 62-key CH Boutique Hotel added to the franchise network. Further north, the 40-room Comfort Inn City Centre Armidale, the first accommodation provider in Australia to be certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standards, is another new addition.

In Wodonga on the NSW/Vic border, Choice has added the ten-room Econo Lodge Border Gateway and in Adelaide, the group has welcomed the Quality Inn O’Connell in the city’s north.

The group’s Asia-Pacific CEO Trent Fraser said it was pleasing for the group to be building its presence in regional Australian towns.

“Each new property brings its own diverse and unique character and visitor experience to the Choice Hotels Asia-Pac family and we look forward to welcoming guests through their doors,” he said.


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