TFE Hotels is set to expand the Adina brand to a new ‘Grand’ level at the company’s latest signing in Canberra.

The contemporary designed Adina Grand Apartment Hotel Canberra will be part of a AUD$300 million development by Capital Property Group at the corner of Constitution Place and London Circuit, where two purpose-built buildings will set a new standard in environmental design.

The hotel will be designed by architects Bates Smart, who designed the stunning Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport, which has earned several design and construction awards from the Master Builders Association and Architects Institute of Australia since it opened in 2015.

The new apartment hotel will occupy the lower four levels of the building with the floors above used as commercial office space.

The development will also include a number of cafes, restaurants and retail outlets, in addition to a three-level basement carpark with over 600 spaces.

The new Adina hotel will have 132 rooms, offering guests a choice of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Typical of all Adina Apartment Hotels, it will offer the best of both worlds, combining spacious apartment living with hotel services and facilities.

Guests will be able to enjoy 24-hour reception, room service, knowledgeable concierge service and a well-equipped gym.

TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said it was a milestone achievement in the group’s development to add an Adina Grand hotel to Canberra’s burgeoning hotel scene, particularly given the large numbers of Government and corporate travellers the city hosted each year.

She said the number of Adina Apartment Hotels in Australia is set to grow from 30 this year to nearly 40 in the next five years.

“While Canberra will always have a steady flow of corporate travellers, it’s now emerging as a great destination for leisure travellers,” she said.

“It offers a wonderful selection of history, art, sporting and cultural events, and is gathering a following for its food and wine scene.

“I think we will see its popularity grow substantially over the coming years as increased tourism funds the development of more and more attractions for both the domestic and international traveller.”

The team behind the transformation of Canberra Airport and the development of Canberra’s most remarkable new suburb, Denman Prospect, will begin construction in the middle of this year on the AUD$300 million project, and expects completion in 2020.

The two buildings, next to the ACT Legislative Assembly, represent the first private sector development on the Vernon Circle side of London Circuit, east of Northbourne Avenue.

Capital Property Group Managing Director, Stephen Byron, said the 9000sqm site would accommodate 20,000sqm of offices for the ACT Government over five stories, as well as 20,000sqm of 12 storey commercial and residential accommodation, and the new Adina Apartment Hotel.

“The project embraces environmentally-sustainable design as a cornerstone of the approach and we will be working towards delivering the first WELL rated building in Canberra,” he said.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management