Canberra city luxury hotel approved for next step in development
Vibrancy and energy will bring Garema Place back to life, following the ACT Government’s approval to allow Geocon’s Canberra City Luxury Hotel to proceed.
The Canberra City Luxury Hotel will bring an unrivalled level of style and glamour to Canberra’s city centre, while still maintaining the character and charm of old Canberra thanks to key inclusions like Gus’s café.
The key elements considered and approved for inclusion include:
- A luxury hotel on 11 floors built in Garema Place
- Rooftop pool and bar
- Restaurants and café precinct on the ground floor
- A ballroom
- High-end commercial office and meeting space
Managing Director, Nick Georgalis was pleased to see the project progress.
“This hotel will define the city centre, transforming Bunda Street into a modern and inviting destination which people from outside of Canberra are excited to visit,” he said.
“Geocon has embarked on a journey to bring a series of five-star hotels to Canberra.
“We began that journey last year with Midnight, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel in the heart of Braddon. This new approval allows us to move onto the next piece in our plans, the Canberra City Luxury Hotel at Garema Place.
“These two hotels will complement our future hotel plans – West Block in the Parliamentary Triangle, which will set a new benchmark for luxury accommodation in Canberra as well as our fourth luxury hotel in the Kingston Arts Precinct, a project we have partnered with the ACT Government to deliver.”
In keeping with the heritage of Gus’s café, the name and character of Canberra’s first alfresco dining restaurant will be maintained and recognised. Geocon has worked closely with the ACT Government to maintain and honour the heritage of the site.
A rooftop bar and pool will become one of the most ‘Instagramable’ locations in Canberra, while the ballroom and commercial space bring critical elements for commercial entertainment which are currently missing in the city centre.
The convenience of its city location, proximity to the airport and light rail line as well as access to some of Australia’s best restaurants will draw people, energy and vibrancy to the heart of Canberra’s CBD.
Geocon is working towards construction being underway by the end of 2020 and for the hotel to be fully operational by 2022.