Vamos Fitzroy

Vamos was born from the innate desire of four friends Iliana Hernandez (Mexican), Marcela Rodriguez (Colombian), Juan Ignacio Angel (Colombian) and Thomas Norwood (Australian) with diverse backgrounds in hospitality, music, and education, to showcase the best that Latin America and Spain have to offer in terms of food, drinks, live music and fun. After six … Read more

Lorraine’s Sydney

Sydney’s East welcomes Lorraine’s, a European inspired bistro made for lazy afternoons and evenings spent drinking and dining with friends and family. Situated on level one of the iconic Robin Hood Hotel in Waverley, and following its multi-million-dollar renovation, the light filled venue features a stunning glass atrium roof – the perfect space to relax … Read more

Airlie There

Cyclone Debbie spelt the end of one era and the start of a new one for this quintessentially big Aussie pub. Story: Christopher Holder Airlie Beach Hotel: 16 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach QLD (07) 4964 1999 or www.airliebeachhotel.com.au Michael McFie isn’t a publican who waits around for something to go wrong. He prepares. When venue … Read more

Foresters FV

Gaining Altitude Foresters FV: 209 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD  (07) 3188 3161 or forestersfv.com.au Right at the top of Brunswick Street is a triangular block of land that is redefining Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The striking triple towers that make up Tim Gurner’s FV development contain close to 1000 apartments at the luxe end of the … Read more

IN THE LOOP

TOA Riding The Sound Waves Of the Melbourne Metro 

TOA and Australis have been working closely with Melbourne Sound Systems to upgrade the Passenger Information Systems across the Melbourne Metro Rail Network. With over 415,000 customers a day from all walks of life using the railway system, it was of vital importance that quality sound processing was used in order to facilitate superior sound reinforcement across the network. 

After evaluating a range of products, Melbourne Metro chose the TOA A9500D2 modular digital matrix mixer to take care of its paging announcements, pre-recorded messages and other important train line information needed by its customers. Tony Maggio, Director of Melbourne Sound Systems, commented “TOA has been the benchmark for Melbourne Metro PA systems for decades and the addition of a comprehensive DSP solution and ambient noise control has provided the technological functionality now demanded by a major city’s Passenger Information System.”

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SEEING DOUBLE

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Hotel Hotel:

NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra
(02) 6287 6287 or www.hotel-hotel.com.au

 

Hotel Hotel sounds like it’s doubling down on stereotypes, but inside, it’s the complete opposite.

Story: Mark Davie

It may have a repetitive name, but Hotel Hotel is doing everything it can to <not> come off like a traditional hotel — starting with its size.

It occupies only the first three floors of one half of the Nishi building, which is situated at one end of the trendy NewActon precinct in Canberra. The Nishi building is the Molonglo Group’s flagship; part commercial, part residential with better energy credentials than Green Star can rate it. It even houses the wrapped-into-one Department of Climate Change, Environment, Industry, Science, Research… and whatever other innovations the government decides to shoehorn into its $150m lease. All of the floors above Hotel Hotel are residences, with the hotel managing 28 of them for longer stays. Every room in Nishi is different: Hotel Hotel itself has eight Cosy rooms; 43 standard rooms (which are still quite generous); 11 Creative rooms where everything gets upsized; and six top-flight Meandering rooms.

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