6 December 2018

New wing and Monster upgrade at Ovolo Nishi

| Ian Bushnell
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Chef Ian Curley, Executive Chef Daniel Flatt and Ovolo founder Girish Jhunjhnuwala. Photos: Ben Appleton.

A new wing of mostly smaller rooms and an overhaul of Monster Bar + Kitchen and its Lounge and Salon under new Executive Chef Daniel Flatt are part of a $5 million boost to Ovolo Nishi in the New Acton precinct.

Hong Kong-based Ovolo, which bought the previously named Hotel Hotel earlier in the year, said the new 17-room wing had been designed by award-winning Sydney-based, architecture and interior design firm Luchetti Krelle, with the modern traveller in mind.

It includes 16 ‘snug’ rooms in micro-hotel style and one larger suite with a balcony, bringing the total number of rooms and apartments in the hotel to 126.

Principal of Luchetti Krelle, Rachel Luchetti said the new wing had a rustic feel with handcrafted details. “Largely, we have built on the stunning initial design, bringing in some influences from the existing rooms into the new spaces. Special finishes including the concrete rendering will be included in all new rooms,” she said.

The new rooms feature a retro-inspired, multi-purpose writing desk with minibar enclosed, and an Indian woven string dual purpose day bed that doubles as a luggage rack.

Monster Salon has been extended, with a more ambient and relaxed atmosphere.

Monster Bar + Kitchen will have a refreshed menu, while the lounge and salon have been reimagined.

Ovolo says Flatt and chef Ian Curley are bringing back some of the old favourites and revitalising the menu with modern Australian cuisine, including a touch of Asian and Mediterranean influence.

The ground floor has been divided into two entertaining areas, with Monster Lounge having new high top-bar seating and Monster Salon extended to take on a more ambient and relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will now be served surrounded by Murano glass, the fireplace and views of Parliament House.

Ovolo Hotels CFO and COO Australia Dave Baswal said Ovolo was committed to developing this iconic hotel and restaurant in-line with its original vision and aesthetic. “We are excited to be investing further in Canberra,” he said.


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