MERCURE BRISBANE WELCOMES GUESTS TO ITS NEW LOBBY

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Mercure Brisbane

85-87 N Quay, Brisbane 4000
(07) 3237 2300 or mercurebrisbane.com.au

Mercure has commenced the roll-out of its new interactive lobby concept in Australia, launching the new-look reception space at the riverside Mercure Brisbane.

The Mercure in Brisbane is the first in Australia to implement the new concept, originally piloted at the Mercure Tower Bridge in London in April 2013.

Coming just a few months after Mercure Brisbane’s multimillion dollar room refurbishment, the latest reveal for the hotel has modernistic pops of pink, and sophisticated new furniture and finishes for a fresh sense of arrival.

A key feature for the new space is a free-form host pod in place of a traditional front desk that allows for a more seamless interplay between associates and guests.

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ASCOTT LAUNCHES CITADINES IN PERTH

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Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth

185 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
(08) 9226 3355 or www2.citadines.com/en/australia/perth/st_georges_terrace.html

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has launched its second Citadines Apart’hotel in Australia. The new Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth has opened following an AUD$5.1 million and five-month refurbishment of the former Somerset St Georges Terrace Perth.

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NEW LOOK FOR THE GRAHAM HOTEL

The Graham Hotel 97 Graham St, Port Melbourne 3207 (03) 9676 2566 or www.thegraham.com.au   Gastropub The Graham Hotel has undergone a refurbishment to reflect a more casual bistro offering as part of a relaxed and informal dining experience. Observing a culinary trend towards more traditional gastropub meals served in an elegant yet comfortable setting, … Read more

NEWS FROM CHADA

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.

SHINE A LIGHT

Torch Cafe 178 Swan St, Richmond 3121 (03) 9428 7378   These images show the refurbishment of Torch Cafe, showcasing work by interior designer Henrietta Reed. Henrietta also worked on champagne bar One Moncur in Sydney. The Torch refurbishment was done quickly on a tight budget.

ASSUMING THE CROWN

Crown Melbourne

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
(03) 9292 8888 or www.crownmelbourne.com.au

With The Star shaking up its F&B, Crown has brought in a new face, Nicholas Kurban. He shares with venue his plans to make Crown the toast of the world, not just Australia.

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WHAT’S NEW FROM 8HOTELS

8Hotels have added two new properties to their collection. Albany Hotel Melbourne Cnr Toorak Rd and Millswyn St, South Yarra 3141 1800 338 877 or www.8hotels.com/melbourne-hotels/albany-hotel/ The newest addition to the 8Hotels family, the boutique Albany Hotel offers the choice between simple budget rooms or spacious suites with heritage features. Shabby chic meets rock star glam and a … Read more

HOTEL HOSPITALITY & DESIGN 2012 ALONGSIDE DESIGNEX IN SYDNEY

If you’ve not heard, Hotel, Hospitality & Design is being co-located with designEX this year. Which makes it a very compelling show for venue people. Catering to 3-5 star hotels, motels, resorts, spas, luxury hotels, serviced apartments, the hotel pub sectors, and even aged care facilities, HHD represents all facets of hospitality design and refurbishment … Read more

Hail Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia:

155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda VIC
(03) 9537 0001 or www.fitzrovia.com.au

Paul Jewson and Marco Pugnaloni have resurfaced with a brand new all-day eatery, after having wowed the crowds cramming into the all-too-small Outpost. For South Yarra locals, the tiny triangle tenancy (co-owned with Salvatore from St Ali) was the perfect introduction to Jewson’s cuisine, developed in the UK at hotspots like Terrence Conran’s Bluebird and SoHo House, and celebrated in the spate of events Paul designed for the Royal Family. Outpost was also Jewson and Pagnaloni’s introduction to the Melbourne market, its size affording them the prefect trial run before eventually and inevitably moving to a bigger venue. Fitzrovia has come to life in the shell of the Waldorf on St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street. Lately the strip, right across from Albert Park, has been experiencing a resurgence. Baker D Chirico has been a beacon for around a decade, but with Fitzrovia opening and Andrew McConnell’s Golden Fields a few doors down, the whole area is looking in prime health.

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CHANGE OF THE SEASONS

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney:

199 George St, Sydney NSW
(02) 9250 3100 or www.fourseasons.com/sydney

It’s spring at the Four Seasons Sydney. After shedding its coat and embarking on a $1.2m refurbishment of its public areas, hot on the heels of a $16m facelift to the hotels rooms and suites last year; the hotel has sprouted a new look. The three-tiered atrium lobby design, spearheaded by Joseph Pang, has plenty of fancy lights, including seven hand-made Le Lebo ‘Bubble’ chandeliers imported from Paris, a new feature carpet that complements the blend of luxurious chocolate brown and tan leather furniture.

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