Exclusive: QT Newcastle a hit with locals
After several years of preparation, QT Newcastle is set to welcome its first guests on Thursday 9th June, generating much excitement in the local community and beyond.
“We have a lot of locals coming to stay – from Newcastle, Hunter Valley – and the motorway which is fantastic to see,” said QT Newcastle managing director Michael Stamboulidis. SM.
“We are already close to filling the hotel for the long weekend and forward bookings are really strong. There’s a lot of interest right now and there’s also a lot of positive feelings. »
The cornerstone of Iris Capital’s AU$700 million revitalization of Newcastle’s East End, the hotel is housed in the 113-year-old former Scotts Limited and David Jones building on Hunter Mall.
Although modern and luxurious in style, the hotel has been designed with particular attention to the facade of the heritage building.
Stamboulidis said the building’s quirky facade is what brings the hotel’s character to life.
“The original facade dates back to 1890,” he said.
“It has been rejuvenated and remodeled with brand new windows that match the old style.”
The QT design team, in collaboration with Nic Graham, wanted to reflect Newcastle’s rich history and celebrate the city’s coastline and surroundings with a variety of colors and textures, and nods to the past through materials reused from the original building.
“It’s really leaning into this Newcastle story,”
“You’ll see rich reds throughout the hotel, reflecting the age of coal and mining, and beautiful artwork that resembles Merryweather Beach and the local coastline.”
The hotel has 104 rooms and suites, each with unique textures and industrial furnishings.
“No two rooms are the same,” Stamboulidis said.
“You could stay here 104 nights and you’ll have a different experience every time.”
The hotel’s Clock Suite features the building’s iconic clock face and a designer bathroom in emerald green.
QT’s brand proposition, “Expect the Unexpected”, is evident throughout the customer experience from the moment customers walk in and are greeted by QT’s famous “Directors of Chaos”.
“We like to have drama behind what we do, whether it’s food, drink, check-in – and to really showcase that authentic approach when it comes to being hospitable,” said said Istanbulis.
“We really try to personalize this experience, [picking up on] subtle clues where we can get to know our guests and use that knowledge to then improve service throughout their stay.”
The property’s dining offerings include the signature Jana restaurant, run by award-winning executive chef Massimo Speroni, and a rooftop bar with harbor views.
The hotel serves no bottled beer — an effort to reduce waste — and uses pump bottles in favor of single-use equipment. Local products are also favored from an F&B point of view.
IRIS Capital CEO Sam Arnaout said Newcastle is growing rapidly and is “on the cusp of a new era of culture”.
“QT Newcastle will be the centerpiece of the new East End Village, part of the city’s future as a place of cutting-edge innovation, with the charm of a regional seaside town,” said he declared.