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Suddenly, Perth is So Hot for Hotels Right Now (But Will It Be Affordable?)

Where: Perth, Australia
April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.

Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?

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Crikey! This Hotel is Shaped Like a Crocodile

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  Site Where: 1 Flinders Street, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia, 886
April 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

When thinking about a trip to Australia, visions of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, the laneways of Melbourne or swimming the iconic Great Barrier Reef come to mind. Well, now let us draw your attention to a hotel that's not only in the middle of "Crocodile Country" but is also shaped like a giant man-eating reptile.

Far away from all of the typical Aussie tourist spots, is the Northern Territory which is locally known as the "top end" since its, well, on the top of the country. It's home to not-so-little rock called Ayers Rock, but even further north is the Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia and a great place to see real Aussie crocs.

Accor Hotels have put their stamp on Jabiru, in the middle of the national park, by taking over this Crocodile Hotel, (formerly managed by Holiday Inn) and turning it into a Mercure Hotel.

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Ritz-Carlton to Return to Australia With Perth Hotel

Where: Perth , Australia
March 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

At last, Ritz-Carlton Hotels is returning to Australia. But instead of setting up shop in Sydney where it once had the Ritz-Carlton Double Bay (now in progress to become an InterContinental Hotel) and the Ritz-Carlton Sydney, Ritz is going to the opposite coast to Perth, which could desperately use a new luxury hotel.

“We are delighted to bring the legendary Ritz-Carlton facilities and services to Perth, offering our guests a new destination and a new luxury experience in Western Australia. We have great partners in Far East Consortium and look forward to opening this incredible hotel in 2018," Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton, said in a statement.

The Far East Consortium is the developing partner on the project who will construct the 204-room Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with residential apartments. The hotel and residences, along with retail spaces and restaurants, will be located in the Elizabeth Quay development on Perth's waterfront.

Ground-breaking will happen next year and hopefully, we'll get to enjoy the new Ritz by 2018. And since most new-build Ritz-Carltons have been making WiFi free for guests, we hope the Perth hotel will do the same.

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The Hotel's Response to Our Less-Than-Stellar Stay in Brisbane

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  Site Where: 99 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4000
March 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we shared our experience checking out Brisbane's newest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton.

Our stay wasn't perfect. When we highlighted our minor issues, it caused quite a stir amongst our readers. We later opted to let the property know, via an email survey, what we usually expect from Starwood Hotels and other international hotel chains and why this stay fell short.

Since then, we've been in contact with the Four Points' general manager (who also saw our story on HotelChatter.) In true form of a good hotelier, he not only took the feedback on to ensure it doesn't happen again, but also explained why we experienced the hiccups. Here are the responses:

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How Would You Handle a Less-Than-Stellar Hotel Stay?

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  Site Where: 99 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4000
March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (13)

Last week, Brisbane scored their first new international hotel in 16 years with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton. Because we're not ones to miss the chance to check-out a new hotel, we booked a stay and checked-in only five days after opening day.

Here's the set-up: the 32-story building is in the heart of Brisbane, overlooking the cityscape on one side and the namesake river on the other. Each of the 246 rooms offer sleek, downtown-inspired decor with a nod to utility and productivity along with simple, yet effective amenities. The entire property aims to be as sustainable as possible with energy-saving lights in the hallways and reflective glass to reflect the hot sub-tropical sun; a nice touch.

Catering to a corporate guest, the property offers a second floor bar for drinks and a marketplace-style restaurant for fueling before and after meetings. A rooftop gym is surrounded by a 180-degree outdoor terrace which is perfect for private parties and or simply for chilling out after a long day. In true Four Points form, there's also plenty of meeting space for... well, meetings.

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QT Keeps Expanding Down Under; Next Stop, Canberra

Where: 1 London Circuit, Canberra , ACT, Australia, 2601
March 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

QT Hotels and their quirky properties are changing the hotel landscape Down Under. In case you haven't noticed, we have sort of a big crush on QT here at HotelChatter.

Not familiar with QT? The hotel brand aims to give guests an "anything but ordinary" experience, pairing style with luxury and putting a heavy emphasis on art and of course, the restaurant and bar scene. We also think QT Hotels are exceptionally well-designed and we appreciate their thoughtful amenities like free bike rentals and fully stocked mini-bars. Still need a better frame of reference for QT? This is the hotel brand that let Justin Bieber graffiti their walls the other month.

And now the Aussie capital of Canberra will get in on all of this delightful quirkiness when the QT Canberra opens next month on April 3.

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Here's One Hotel We Hope NEVER Opens

March 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently, the brains behind the world's newest underwater hotel haven't learned what pitfalls other similar projects have battled to make their dream come true. Nor have they seemed to give much thought to the environmental impact of their project.

Deep Ocean Technology, a Polish technology firm specializing in submerged buildings, vehicles and deep-sea equipment, is hoping to bring an underwater hotel to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system just off the coast of Northern Queensland.

If all goes to plan, a very futuristic design resembling flying saucers will rise above the waters in the Coral Sea comprising two primary discs--one above the water, another below. Both discs will be anchored to the ocean floor by five structural legs and a vertical shaft containing an elevator and stairway which will connect the two discs to a central lobby. There will be just 21 rooms, all with with killer views of colorful coral and loads of fish swimming by.

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New Sydney Hotel to Embrace an Era That's Come and Gone (But Then Kinda Came Back Again)

Where: 339 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
February 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last year, we were in "Gatsby" heaven, thanks to Baz Luhrmann's stylized movie version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Since some scenes were filmed in Sydney, it kind of makes sense for the city to reclaim an art deco building to re-purpose it into a stunning new hotel called the Greenland Hotel.

The building was originally home to the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Headquarters and sports a formidable art deco facade. Through the redevelopment, that design will carry through all spaces in the hotel; restoring the structure's heritage features and ultimately, a new design hotel will emerge into the city center, just steps from Hyde Park and Pitt Street Mall.

The six-story hotel will also be transforming office space from the "Water Board" days into fresh hotel rooms that feature simple, yet elegant interiors referencing the original stone and timber veneer panel of the vintage design. Each of the 180 rooms will be built around a central skylight, bringing back an era of opulence prior to the Great Depression.

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Australia's Hayman Island Closes For Its One&Only Renovations

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  Site Where: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
January 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.

Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.

The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.

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Celebs Get All The Good Stuff When It Comes To Hotels In Perth

Where: 1309 Hay Street, West Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 6005
January 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

The west coast of Australia might be really far away, but it sure does know how to cater to the celebrities who make the trek to the other side of the world for a visit. Now, a posh inner-suburb of Perth will once again be a playground for the stars after a restaurant hangout will turn into an equally posh hotel.

West Perth's vintage building which dates back to 1908 was previously known to locals and visiting celebrities as Julio's Italian restaurant before it closed last year. Just this week, development has been approved to re-open the building as a hot new lobby bar and restaurant for a new luxury 12-story hotel going up behind it, eventually connecting to the 106-year old building.

After attracting the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Pink, Michael Bublé and U2, the restaurant will again be able to host the famous, even offering them plush digs upstairs if they want to stay the night.

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Melbourne Is All Set To Get A Second Parkroyal Hotel

December 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Visitors to Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, will be twice as lucky with an announcement for the city's newest Parkroyal Hotel. And best of all, this one is a bit closer to the action of the city then the current airport property.

Located in one of Melbourne's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, Parkroyal Melbourne will be sit on the doorstep of the city's action yet still be within walking distance from Etihad Stadium, Crown Casino and the Central Business District. Playing to its excellent location, the 37-story, glass-shrouded building will sport panoramic views of both the city and Victoria Harbour and since the hotel will take the first 18 floors, we expect some awesome Instagram #hotelview posts from this place.

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Justin Bieber Spray Paints The QT Gold Coast (And They Like It)

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  Site Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, 4217
November 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

Guess what? Bieber's in trouble again. Yeah, we're not surprised either. This time he's brought his punk-kid bad-boy attitude to the cuteness of QT Gold Coast in Australia.

Here's how things went down, down under. The Biebs and his entourage were visiting the area while on tour and planned to call the 1960s kitsch hotel home for at least one night. For that one night, the singer and his friends went all-Banksy and spray-painted a few retaining walls around the property's tennis courts. Early morning exercisers were greeted to a few brightly colored graffiti-esque objects of art painted by the star himself. This is when things got questionable.

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