The signing of the first Radisson Collection in Australia.

A former gem in Sydney’s Blue Mountains will be restored to its former glory and redeveloped as the maiden entry of the Radisson Collection brand to Australia, Radisson Hotel Group announced today.

The currently-closed Imperial Hotel in Mount Victoria, near Lithgow, which has played host to Australian Prime Ministers and British royalty since its original 1878 opening, will become the Imperial Hotel, a Radisson Collection Hotel when it reopens to guests in 2023.

In total, 60 rooms comprised of rooms within the original edifice and a collection of stylish chalets scattered throughout the 1.85-acre grounds will make up the modern Imperial Hotel. An all-day restaurant, lobby lounge, bar, gastro-pub and fitness centre will be available to the public, with a fitness centre also open to in-house guests.

Currently closed, the Imperial Hotel, Mount Victoria will become a new gem in the Blue Mountains.

Located slightly less than a two-hour drive from Sydney, the hotel will also be positioned for events, with regular working visits from high-calibre chefs and a ballroom, outdoor terrace and marquee open to weddings and other major occasions.

Developed in conjunction with One Pro Investments Pty Ltd, the hotel will fit within the brand parameters of the Radisson Collection – which comprises a highly-selective group of unique properties in off-beat locations, bound by eclectic design and deeply connected to the local area through bespoke activities and experiences.

Radisson Hotel Group President Asia-Pacific, Katerina Giannouka, said the new signing represented an important milestone in the expansion of the Radisson Collection.

“Blending history with contemporary style and intuitive hospitality, this storied hotel is destined to become a genuine local landmark, whilst also complementing our existing hotels in Australia. We look forward to creating a vibrant epicentre for visitors and the local community in the Blue Mountains. This will write a new chapter in the tale of this Australian icon.”