The lobby of the newly rebranded Rydges Darwin Central.

EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment Limited has taken control of the former Darwin Central Hotel, reopening the 132-room property as the Rydges Darwin Central.

Features of the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, café and three function rooms for parties of up to 100. The on-site restaurant is set to undergo a renovation, transforming it into Marco Aurelio’s – an Italian family-style eatery.

Rydges Director of Hotel & Resort Operations Norman Arundel welcomed the property the group, adding the addition gave travellers to the Top End another option for their leisure or business accommodation requirements.

The Knuckey Street property promotes sustainability high on its agenda, having been designed with local materials in the building concept and receiving a number of accolades in the process including Building Of The Year by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.