Crystalbrook Collection has pulled the covers off its next new hotel, with Kingsley formally introduced to the world as the brand made its debut in the NSW city of Newcastle.
Kingsley is the company’s third location in NSW after Little Albion in Sydney and The Byron at Byron by Crystalbrook on the state’s north coast.
Located within the city’s former ‘Roundhouse’ Civic Administration Building, the 130-room hotel has been crafted from within and provides a new lease of life to the iconic structure, which sits opposite Civic Park in the city’s Cultural Precinct.
Guest facilities include a rooftop restaurant and bar, designed after Newcastle’s olive groves, which will line the corridor and create a canopy over guest tables. The hotel also features a lobby bar and café with an outdoor terrace along with two private meeting rooms.
Up to 80% of the produce served by the hotel is grown or procured within a three-hour radius of the hotel – a similar ethos practiced by The Byron at Byron.
Crystalbrook says that in an Australian first, the hotel’s bathrooms are entirely waste-free, with all amenities biodegradable or recyclable. Furthermore, the hotel is free of single-use plastic and offers keyless room access and paperless check-in and out services. Rooms feature tablet control centres to activate all of the room’s features, along with request housekeeping services or in-room dining.
Kingsley by Crystalbrook is led by Carl Taranto as General Manager, who said incorporating the city’s history and culture into the hotel’s personality was critical.
“Championing Newcastle’s heritage and embracing the city’s shifting landscape is at the heart of the hotel,” he said.
“Locals and visitors alike will be able to see this threaded through the interior design, which is a contemporary take on our mining history, and in our partnerships, our restaurant and bar concepts and in our food and beverage offering.”