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Motel Caloundra aims to be Sunshine Coast’s first net-zero energy hotel

Innovative developer & designer present ‘Hip’ new accommodation soon to be launched in the heart of Caloundra’s arts and culture precinct

One of Caloundra’s most centrally located hotels  Motel Caloundra will re-open on September 29, after a complete reimagining of the property.

Stripped to its bare bones, innovative hotel developers and designers Andrew and Lucy Pink, in partnership with Maeva Hospitality’s Scott Armstrong, have created a haven of style and tranquillity opposite The Events Centre and the site of the new Sunshine Coast Regional Gallery, which received the go-ahead last month.

The new regional gallery is an integral component of the creation of a community and creative arts hub as part of the Caloundra Centre Master Plan.

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Motel Caloundra is just a short walk from Caloundra’s town centre and beaches, where the Caloundra Music Festival will also launch on September 29 at Kings Beach.

The Pink’s newest hotel transformation follows two highly successful restorations over the past three years.

Their first Sunshine Coast venture was the conversion of Riverpark Maroochy Motel into the immediately Instafamous Loea Boutique Hotel, and then everything old was made new again at the heritage Maleny Lodge in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Motel Caloundra – new look room

The nine-room Motel Caloundra was able to boast ‘location, location, location’, but had seen better days when the Pinks and Scott Armstrong began their modernisation of the property.

Rooms and bathrooms were stripped back to concrete and redesigned, new double-glazed windows were installed for soundproofing and insulation, and deluxe interiors – including king beds with organic cotton sheets – and smart TVs with Netflix installed. Superior king rooms also have a private outdoor balcony and dedicated car parking space.

As part of the redevelopment a family room and apartment were added. Both offer two bedrooms, living areas, private balconies and car spaces, and the apartment also includes a fully equipped kitchen.

Guests will have access to bikes to discover Caloundra’s cycle trails, and the motel is within easy access of the town’s restaurants, cafes, bars and renowned street art trail.

A feature of the motel’s transformation is the installation of a rooftop bank of 47 solar panels, which will produce 19.50kw of power during the day, and batteries which will produce a further 23kw of power during the evening, allowing the hotel to operate for the most of the time without need for external energy sources.

Bikes to discover Caloundra’s cycle trails

Andrew Pink said that he and Scott had been drawn to the property by its central location and the potential for it to play an important role in Caloundra’s future development.

“There’s no doubt that we are right in the heart of Caloundra’s future development plans, which are very exciting,” Andrew said.

“To be just a short walk from Caloundra’s beaches and across the road from The Events Centre and the future regional gallery makes it even more important for visitors to have access to high-quality accommodation. We will also work closely with The Events Centre to facilitate their requirements for VIP accommodation for performers and delegates.

“Scott and I have gone out of our way to make the hotel a model of sustainability, given the Sunshine Coast’s commitment to sustainability and its UNESCO biosphere status.”

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Matt Stoeckel, welcomed the imminent launch of the revamped motel and for its investment in state-of-the-art energy sustainability technology.

“Caloundra is fortunate to have some of the Sunshine Coast’s most attractive beaches as well as having the Glass House Mountains nearby, and this commitment to sustainability highlights our tourism operators’ support for our natural environment,” said Mr Stoeckel.

“Caloundra plays a vital role in our tourism economy, not just as an enviable holiday playground, but also as a premium destination for major events, conferences, art and culture, and sport, and the re-launch of Motel Caloundra will contribute significantly to the town’s future tourism development.”

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