Portarlington Grand Hotel on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula will reopen to guests next month following an extensive, multi-million-dollar renovation which began in March 2021.

Eighteen boutique rooms, many featuring balconies and bay views, have been added as part of the project, and several dining spaces including The Front Bar, Bistro, The Atrium and The Lawn, have been refurbished.

Dating back to 1888, the property’s new looks strikes a balance between modern luxury and heritage with the aim of ‘recapturing the hotel’s former grandeur within its new contemporary context’.

The property’s façade and grand staircase have been carefully restored as part the project and Weatherworn timber has been used to reference the old timber of the Portarlington pier.

Melbourne based architects Technē Architecture and Interior Design consulted heritage experts to retrace history and ensure the new designs were true to the original intent.

The rooms retain original design features such as ornamental fireplaces and archways, alongside luxurious textures and furnishings. Shades of blue, green, and beige – inspired by the hues of the surrounding seaside town – feature prominently.  

The property has been designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind and features two fully accessible rooms.