Quest fights back with new hotels

Quest Apartment Hotels is fighting back in a tumultuous year and celebrates a momentous week of not one but two, new hotel openings.

On Monday, Quest Preston and Quest Wangaratta both opened their doors to guests.

As Melburnians welcomed further eased restrictions Quest Preston welcomed guests for the very first time. Developed and constructed by longstanding partner Pellicano, Quest Preston is a striking development on Melbourne’s legendary High Street in the boutique retail and café precinct.

The hotel offers 79 studio and apartment style rooms, which according to Quest CEO David Mansfield responds to a growing need for high quality corporate accommodation in Melbourne’s charismatic north.

Quest Preston

He said: “Sitting in the Preston Reservoir and Broadmeadows business corridors, Quest Preston will sustain accommodation needs in both the white collar and industrial sector, with the state government offices, major retailers, training venues and call centres already in the area, and continued transformation on the horizon.

“The property arrives in time for major infrastructure projects upcoming in the city of Darebin including the Northland Urban Renewal precinct and the level crossing removal project priming the area to become a residential, employment and commercial hub for a population set to swell as much as 35 percent by 2041.”

At the helm of this Accom offering are experienced Quest franchisees Liz and Steve Galea, and Mark and Ky O’Shea, who are all highly optimistic despite the challenging market conditions.

Liz Galea said: “While this is obviously a challenging time in Victoria and even more in metropolitan Melbourne we are encouraged by a large volume of companies looking at how they will accommodate staff once restrictions have lifted, and families hoping to come to Melbourne over the Christmas and new year period.”

Quest Preston has already generated gainful work for ten or so individuals and there will be more jobs on the horizon.

Liz said: “The majority of our wonderful new employees are locals with a background in travel airline and hospitality, all of whom will be able to deliver the exceptional customer service Quest prides itself on.

“Some of these good people sadly lost their jobs due to the pandemic and have been out of work for up to six months, so we are thrilled to be able to welcome them on board at Quest Preston.”

Meanwhile, Quest Wangaratta also opened on Monday, developed by local firm Joss Construction the property boasts 72 rooms and marks a new tier of accommodation in the region as the first Quest Apartment hotel in the city. The milestone has been feted by local stakeholders who maintain the property will support clear demand and help boost the local economy.

Quest CEO David Mansfield said: “We are very proud to bring a new dimension of accommodation product to the Wangaratta market in a prime location, managed and staffed by passionate and knowledgeable locals.”

The apartment-hotel is located on Docker Street and opens as the finishing touches are being made to the CBD revitalisation program, a $6-million scheme to improve the connectivity of central Wangaratta.

The hotel is designed to meet the needs of visitors to the area and features a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as studios. It boasts conference facilities, a gym, and communal landscaped gardens.

Mr Mansfield said: “Not only is Wangaratta a popular tourist destination among visiting friends and relative market but its also a frequented regional hub for business trips. With several manufacturing, processing and logistics companies in the area, as well as public and private health and education providers and government organisations, many corporate clients stand to benefit from the style and scale of accommodation Quest Wangaratta has to offer.”

The hotel aims to benefit from a sustainable demand from visitors attending local sports and events in the area which has state-of-the-art sporting facilities and a new aquatic centre underway.

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