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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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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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.
A 34-room boutique hotel in Melbourne -- built in 1938 and converted into hotel in 1993 -- has recently reopened after months of renovations and is calling itself the world's only dessert-themed hotel.
In case you wonder what a dessert-themed hotel looks like, expect carpets patterned to look like cakes and stools that resemble licorice all-sorts. "The colors and textures of the hotel are all based off desserts' says designer Fady Hachem. "But it's not weird. It's not too out there. It's very comfortable and done subtly". Quite subtle, we'd agree, you kind of have to use your imagination a bit to catch the 'dessert' theme.
Nevertheless, if the decor does inspire your sweet tooth, you can help yourself to the jars of candy in the lobby, bowls of toffee apples at reception, minibars filled with homemade cotton candy and popcorn, and a turn-down service delivering home-made macaroons every night. Just don't forget your toothpaste.
The Adelphi has just opened its 40-seat dessert restaurant and bar, Om Nom, and its Ezard restaurant continues to trade in the basement. The ninth-floor pool deck will be refurbished in April with a bar, a barbecue area and possibly a small cinema.
Rates start at AUD260 ($247).
[Photo: Facebook/Adelphi Hotel Melbourne}
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Two weeks ago, we ran a story on some of the details about a hotel room that bother the average luxury traveler. Have you ever flung open the drapes in a gorgeous room, only to see a brick wall a few feet away? Yeah, we should’ve added that to the list. Few things can be so disappointing. In complete contrast, when you score one of those oh-so-sweet views to die for, it can be the difference between an okay hotel stay and the memory of that room with the great view. So, in case you were out to make your next great memory, allow this list of killer hotel views to inspire you:
We begin with Capella Lodge (pictured above), located on the itty-bitty (11 kilometers in length) Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. The landmass is located in the midst the world’s most southern coral reef, an area declared an UNESCO heritage site in the early ‘80s. Seriously, who wouldn't want to wake up like this?
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The landscape of Aussie hotels will be changed for the better this month when the newest brand of hotels opens its doors. If you're planning a trip down under and don't want to smash your piggy bank doing so, then remember this name: Atura Hotels.
The newest option comes to us from a group called Amalgamated Holding Limited, but you might know them better by the work they've been doing with QT Hotels and Rydges Hotels. But instead of resting on their laurels with the cool edginess of QT and the family-resort of Rydges, they've gone a created a new concept that will be appealing to business travelers and those that don't want to miss out on cool hotel design to save a few bucks. (Which is like, everyone everywhere.)
Atura's first property is already checking in guests in Sydney's inner-suburb of Blacktown. Aside from cool design, guests will get free in-room movies, coffee machines and a business center completely outfitted with iMacs. But if you'd rather stay connected on the go, there is free WiFi throughout the hotel and in every guestroom. If you've ever been to Australia, you know this is a big deal since hotels charge a pretty penny for some connectivity.
Super trendy and hip Aussie hotelier, QT Hotels keep on keeping on with expansion news. We've told you about their Gold Coast property, their Sydney stunner, their ski lodge, and their Bondi Beach takeover. Now it's Melbourne's turn to get in on the fun.
The city that Aussies consider to be the cultural capital of Oz is set to get their very own hotel that pushes the limits of 'on trend' with their eclectic use of art, style and location.
Currently, the property is home to a well-known cinema but come April of next year, a demolition will make way for a 12-story hotel. The new building will sport 188 quirky guestrooms with 16 spaces reserved for the management group's new venture of high-end apartments, just like the QT Bondi property. Along with creative rooms and fun little details, the CBD/Chinatown hotel will feature a roof-top deck for wining and a restaurant for dining.
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Nevertheless, this hotel is a feast for the visual senses since the restored building marries vintage charm with edgy design and comfort. Named after the year that Kodak launched their first box and roll camera which, coincidentally, was the same year the building was built. Freaky!
With little doubt, the hotel's public spaces and rooms are an Instagrammers dream, 1888 is planning to attract even more "snap happy" guests with an Instagram contest.