New Crown sparkles as Bayside veteran gets facelift

One of Sydney’s most anticipated new hotels, the ultra-luxury Crown Towers at Barangaroo, has unveiled images of its styling ahead of a planned December opening.

Crown Towers Sydney pool

With bookings set to go live before July and expressions of interest already being taken, Crown has released a series of renders revealing the luxe styling of a hotel designed to rival the world’s best.

Standing at 275m high, the hotel will be the tallest in Sydney and feature 349 guest rooms, including 327 rooms, 20 villas and two premium villas. The top villa will sit across two levels, offering expansive harbour views from the tallest habitable hotel space in Sydney.

The interiors have been designed by Meyer Davis and the exteriors by London-based WilkinsonEyre, while landscape architects St Legere Design International have created the Balinese-inspired landscaping seen throughout the hotel.

Crown Towers Sydney front entrance. Image supplied

“Crown Towers Sydney will stand amongst the finest hotels in world. We have worked with leading international design teams to create something truly unique for Sydney. International in feel, but celebrating the beauty of Sydney and it’s surrounds in its execution,” said Crown Sydney chief operating officer Peter Crinis.

Interiors including furniture, fabrics, baths, colour palettes and lighting are designed around a  “sensibility of refined luxury with coastal hues inspired by the harbourside location”.

The concentric nature of the building means that every room has a unique configuration, and each is designed to ensure the views from the floor to ceiling windows are the central focus.

The hotel will feature crystal light pieces by Preciosa, including a chandelier close to eight metres long to complement the staircase balustrade from levels one to four.

Crown Towers Sydney bathroom. Image supplied

The guest bathrooms will feature Ella Blue Marble walls, Nero Marquina floors and baths, Jacuzzis in the villas, and bespoke fittings by Apaiser and Hansgrohe.

“Every guest will have a completely unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else,” said Will Meyer, co-founder of Meyer Davis. “Nearly every element has been custom designed to create the most ambient experience possible.

“Our main focus when designing the hotel rooms for Crown Sydney was to emphasise the curvaceous, sensual shape of the building and to enhance the guest’s experience.”

Each guest room will feature touchscreen technology, allowing guests access to 24-hour in-room dining, concierge services and personal content streaming via televisions incorporated into full-size ‘magic mirrors’.

Quality transformation

Industry stalwart The Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong has meanwhile revealed a significant redevelopment after almost 60 years servicing the Victorian accom sector.

General manager Kevin Robe said work on the property at 13-15 The Esplanade is designed to create “a fully integrated hotel featuring guest rooms and amenities expected of a 4.5 star hotel in the evolving Greater Geelong accommodation sector”.

Geelong’s longest established waterfront accommodation business first opening its doors in 1962, starting life as the 27-room and one restaurant Hamilton Hume Motor Inn.

A further ten guest rooms, a seminar room and a pool were added a decade later, and in the mid 2000s the property increased to 68 rooms with the addition of two wings and a freestanding building.

Once the new renovations are complete in November 2021, Robe says the property will offer 110 “stunningly-finished” guest rooms and studio, one and two bedroom self-contained apartments, all featuring “cutting-edge technology” and many with bay views.

Two restaurants and bars will provide guests and Geelong residents with casual and contemporary dining options and the property will boast secure underground parking with multiple Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Other facilities will include conference and event spaces, a fitness centre and an indoor lap pool.

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