The Mornington Peninsula’s Rye Beach Motel, recently acquired by Hilltonia Homestead, is scheduled to reopen in July with a new look and a new name, The Keith Motel.

The property closed its doors in early April to undertake a design refresh, opting for ‘casual coastal chic, with a dash of retro cheek’.

“We have a fantastic location, moments from the beautiful sandy arc of Rye Beach, but seemingly miles away in its own quieter ‘beach house’ ambience,” said Lisa Moloney, venue manager, The Keith.

“The property’s transformation aims to take full advantage of its almost 2,400 square metres, with a communal cabana, BBQ facilities, sun loungers and umbrellas, with four outdoor picnic tables each seating 6-8 guests. The open-air kitchen has a preparation area to augment the tea/coffee, microwave and mini fridge facilities in each guest room.

“The property has been very well-maintained in its former incarnation,” said Moloney. “So, we are taking a sustainable approach indoors to refresh and re-purpose fixtures and fittings wherever possible.”

The 16 spacious rooms on site are a mix of king, queen, and family accommodations, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Guests will have access to public spaces including a lounge, where they can play board games or enjoy the library.

“With the vibrant cafes, shops, and restaurants of Rye practically on our doorstep, there are myriad dining choices,” said Moloney.

“These include, for example, the popular PU17 Rye, Aqua Blu Café, and Soul Press Rye for coffee and brunch and The Kitchen for lunch and dinner.

“The Keith also welcomes self-caterers, providing full use of the new communal outdoor kitchen.”

Hilltonia Homesteads also owns nearby bathing and wellness experience, Alba Thermal Springs and Spa.

“While the two properties have very different target markets, what we share is a recognition of the thriving tourist appeal of the Mornington Peninsula,” said Group General Manager, Craig Dodd.