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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

City’s first five-star hotel ready to open its doors

Novocastrians will be able to explore a new icon in the coming days when the Crystalbrook Kinsgley finally opens its doors on Wednesday 9 June.

The former Council Administration Centre in the heart of the city has been transformed into a 130-room luxury hotel.

Located near Civic Park, the hotel’s title is a reference to Newcastle’s earlier name of Kingston which dates back to 1804.

The project, about 14 months in the making, has transformed the former “Roundhouse” building which was built in 1977.

The design of the Crystalbrook Kingsley tells the story of the city’s past, making use of birds, footprints, and feather motifs.

A yellow canary mosaic on the ground floor is a subtle reference to Newcastle’s coal mining past – until the 1980s, coal miners used canaries as an early warning system for underground gases like carbon monoxide and methane.

The hotel’s prize asset is undoubtedly its signature rooftop access, taking in sweeping views of the harbour, city and coastline.

Earlier in the year the Newcastle Weekly sat down with general manager Karl Taranto to chat about the project.

At the time he was excited for locals to visit the revitalised building, stating it would be a drawcard to the city.

“We encourage locals to come and have a look, have a coffee or stay for a cocktail,” he said.

“The views are fantastic. You’ve essentially got 360-degree views to some of Newcastle’s most significant areas.”

Locals spanning from Anna Bay to Budgewoi and Singleton are invited to opt in to the Crystalbrook Local program to gain access to 15% off dining, drinks and rooms.

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