Crystalbrook Collection has acquired Brisbane's The Fantauzzo.
Crystalbrook Collection has acquired Brisbane’s The Fantauzzo.

Accor’s Art Series Group property in Brisbane – the Fantauzzo – will rebrand under a new operating name after the hotel was acquired from the Deague Group by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud – owner of the Crystalbrook Collection portfolio.

In one of the first major hotel sales to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sale was negotiated by CBRE Hotels’ National Director, Wayne Bunz. Settlement and the transfer of title will take place in early 2021, with the hotel to trade under Crystalbrook Collection until a new name is announced.

The acquisition will see Crystalbrook expand into Brisbane for the first time, with its new property to become its fourth in Queensland, joining Cairns stablemates Riley, Bailey and the soon-to-open Flynn.

The Fantauzzo is one of Brisbane’s most architecturally innovative and stunning properties, having been essentially carved and built into the rockface underneath the city’s Story Bridge and overlooking the Howard Smith Wharves entertainment complex.

The Fantauzzo sits underneath Brisbane’s Story Bridge.

Crystalbrook Collection Interim CEO, Geoff York, said the Fantauzzo was a seamless fit with the company’s portfolio.

The hotel is unique, full of personality and we love the location in the cultural hub of Howard Smith Wharves,” York said.

“Australia’s east coast is unlike anything else in the world, and as a company we are pleased to be able to invest in and support the Australian tourism industry,” Aboud agreed.

“Brisbane was the next logical step for us.”

CBRE Hotels’ Wayne Bunz said demand was high for Brisbane and Queensland as hotel investment markets in Australia.

“Brisbane owners are well positioned to capitalise on a hotel market recovery given the city’s limited supply pipeline, with only the Queens Wharf and Hotel Indigo projects set to open in the near term,” he said.