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Crystalbrook takes ownership of maiden Sydney hotel

The rooftop bar at Little Albion is a popular hangout for guests.

Little Albion, located in Sydney’s Surry Hills, has become the newest member of the Crystalbrook Collection after the growing hotel group officially took ownership of its first Sydney property.

The ownership change was confirmed in a ceremony held today and attended by Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie, Group Director Geoff York and Little Albion General Manager Wendy Morris.

It marks the second major event in the last month for the rapidly expanding group, following the opening last month of ‘Riley’, the first of three new resorts in Cairns. At this stage, it appears the only change made as part of the ownership transfer has been the removal of the words “Guest House” from the property’s official title.

The 35-room Little Albion hotel is housed within a historic building and offers guests immediate access to the CBD and a boutique accommodation experience complete with a rooftop garden. Hosts at the hotel are all Surry Hills locals who can provide first-hand knowledge of the area’s highlights for guests to enjoy.

GM Wendy Morris said all existing staff have been retained following the ownership transfer.

“This is an exciting time for Little Albion. We’re thrilled with the great reputation we have acquired since opening and we are confident that under Crystalbrook Collection we will reach new heights and achieve further great success.”

Crystalbrook CEO Mark Davie echoed Morris’ comments, saying the group had been looking for its entry point into the Sydney market for some time, but that it had to fit the group dynamics.

“All of our properties are like siblings, each similar but with their own unique personality and style. So naturally Little Albion’s refreshingly unpretentious personality and beautifully chic style was the perfect addition to our growing collection. Not to mention it is in one of the best locations in Sydney, with some of city’s best food and beverage offerings right on its doorstep.”

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