Parkroyal Darling Harbour 150 Day St, Sydney NSW (02) 9261 1188 or www.parkroyalhotels.com/darlingharbour From its lemongrass-scented foyer to the plush Club Lounge on the top floor, everything at Parkroyal Darling Harbour is new again. In January the 340- room hotel unveiled its $20m makeover, completed while ‘business as usual’ continued unabated — with design from Hassell Studio.
What makes Keystone tick? Christopher Holder talks to Managing Director John Duncan to find out. It’s impossible to generalise. But it’s fun. Whether you’re talking about the Gordon Gekko-style ALH Group, the gastro-pub delights of the Colonial Leisure Group, the Singo/Dicko knockabout rich mates’ pub play, or the tight Sandhill crew of Richmond… the
Fonda Mexican Windsor 144 Chapel St, Windsor 3181 (03) 9521 2660 or fondamexican.com.au A run-down heritage showroom in Windsor has become the home of the second restaurant under the banner of local taquería Fonda Mexican. The shell of the building was discovered during demolition, and the design was built around highlighting the pre-existing features.
The Terrace Hotel 237 St Georges Terrace Perth 6000 (08) 9214 4444 or www.terracehotelperth.com.au Perth’s Terrace Hotel has been listed as a finalist in this year’s West Australian Heritage Awards. Established over 20 years ago, the awards are a showcase for excellence in revitalising properties in the State Register of Heritage Places – identifying
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Marine Terrace, Fremantle 6160 (08) 9432 4000 or www.esplanadehotelfremantle.com.au Primewest has appointed Rydges Hotels and Resorts to manage the 300-room Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. It is one of Western Australia’s major conference, corporate and leisure hotels. Changes set to take place over a period of time will include the introduction of
Stokehouse Sidon Street, South Bank QLD 4101 (07) 3020 0600 or stokehousebrisbane.com.au Stokehouse is one of five finalists from around the world for Best New Restaurant by the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2013! Designed by Queensland-based architecture and interior design firm, Arkhefield, the restaurant is the only Australian restaurant to be a finalist in this category. Completed in November 2011
Mitchell Ogilvie: 168 Edward St, Brisbane QLD www.mitchellogilvie.com Every self-consciously upmarket commercial centre aims to have one: a standout precinct of luxe retailers. Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci… the list is as familiar as it is exclusive. Brisbane’s Edward Street plays host to a deluxe conga line of prestige marques, including an interloper, a
LK Jewellery: Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne www.lkjewellery.com Upscale casinos are a haven for primo retail. And like 24-carat limpets, you’ll always find upmarket stores selling fancy undies and expensive jewellery. I’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about why they’re such a good ‘fit’, but so it is with Crown Casino and LK Jewellery.
Water @ Pier One Hickson Rd, Sydney 2000 (02) 8298 9999 or www.sebelpierone.com.au To celebrate the opening of The Sebel Pier One Sydney’s new conference centre Water @ Pier One, the hotel has unveiled a ‘Business with Class’ promotion which will see one lucky winner and a guest jet off with Etihad Airways in the award-winning
Ayers Rock Resort – Sails in the Desert Hotel 1300 134 044 or http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sails/ Check out the images from Chada’s new refurbishment of Voyages’ Sails in the Desert Hotel. Chada has been nominated for the Hotel Designer of the Year award at the inaugural Hotel Design Symposium in Sydney.