Plans announced for new 250-room hotel in the city

Ian Bushnell 27 July 2018 15

A new 250-room hotel is planned next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Photo: Supplied.

Plans have been announced for a new 250-room hotel development in the city that will be pitched at the middle of the market and open in 2021.

Melbourne-based property investment firm SB&G Hotel Group is behind the proposed $50 million development next door to its Crowne Plaza Hotel on Glebe Park, and near the planned $307 million redevelopment to transform the Casino Canberra precinct.

A spokesperson said the site was directly adjacent to the Crowne Plaza and was currently a car park.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which manages the Crowne Plaza, will also manage the new hotel, under the Holiday Inn Express brand, complementing its upscale neigbour.

SB&G said having two IHG-managed hotels housed on the same site would allow it to broaden its offering and further tap into the corporate market and the growing number of tourists coming to the national capital.

Managing Director of SB&G Hotel Group, Paul Salter said the company saw an opportunity to bring a differentiated hotel offering to the Canberra market.

“While the Canberra market has been strong over recent years, the majority of hotel supply that is planned is upscale, with the midscale market remaining under-serviced,” he said.

IHG’s Managing Director – Australia and Japan, Leanne Harwood, said the hotel would offer fast service in a simple format.

“With faster check-in and breakfast for everyone, Holiday Inn Express gives guests a simple, engaging place to recharge and get a little work done. We think it’s a great fit for Canberra’s savvy traveller,” she said.

The company behind the casino, Aquis, says it wants to turn the current Casino Canberra and surrounding area into a leisure and nightlife precinct but the project has been dogged by delays in getting Government approval.

It envisages a new, expanded casino, six-star luxury villas, a five-star hotel, seven new restaurants, day spa and resort pool, luxury retail shopping mall and nightclub and bars.

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15 Responses to Plans announced for new 250-room hotel in the city
wottaway wottaway 5:51 pm 02 Aug 18

How can anything positive be written about yet another boring piece of Lego architecture for Canberra ?

Stan Vizovitis Stan Vizovitis 1:00 pm 02 Aug 18

The unicorn rainbow collection

Rodd Ladd Rodd Ladd 1:52 am 02 Aug 18

Who's getting the kickbacks.

Gordon Cook Gordon Cook 3:25 pm 01 Aug 18

They might as well put a floating hotel and casino on the lake makes more sense

Stan Vizovitis Stan Vizovitis 8:57 am 01 Aug 18

Yeah why not. on Capital Hill perhaps " an eyesore coming soon "

JC JC 5:39 pm 28 Jul 18

Carole I think you will find the carpark is a small one and it is not government owned now.

The government has nothing to do with this except providing the approval in line with planning policies.

Roc Cecere Roc Cecere 8:38 am 28 Jul 18

And why not ? ... just fill in all the open spaces

Carole Ford Carole Ford 7:30 am 28 Jul 18

Jesus, how many more carparks are going to be built on???? Where the hell are we supposed to park!!!! The ACT government are in self destruct mode, screw them and their "development" policies, it's all about money, not the future of our city. 😭👿💩

    John Wilson John Wilson 2:29 pm 29 Jul 18

    I don't think car parking is requisite for modern cities. Times are changing - being gridlocked, burning fossil fuel, while sitting in an overpowered two tonne metal box, will be consigned to our dystopian past!

Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 10:03 pm 27 Jul 18

Just hope it has some sort of style!!

Lori J Tas Lori J Tas 6:43 pm 27 Jul 18

Which carpark are they talking about, the small one at the back?

Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 6:38 pm 27 Jul 18

AirBNB will kill them.

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 7:32 pm 27 Jul 18

    Nah - Air BnB can't cope with tour groups, and some employers will only pay a legitimate business for business trips.

Janet Ilchef Janet Ilchef 6:35 pm 27 Jul 18

Wrong move

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