The wait is finally over.
Newcastle’s hotly-anticipated Crystalbrook Kingsley opened its doors today (9 June), bringing a new level of sustainable luxury to Australia’s seventh largest city and gateway to the Hunter Valley.
Situated in the heart of Newcastle, opposite Civic Park, the premises transforms the city’s former Council Administration Centre, locally known as the Roundhouse, into an elegant and sophisticated 130 room five-star hotel.
Moments away from the City Hall, Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery and War Memorial, Crystalbrook Kingsley is culturally connected, celebrating Newcastle’s yesteryear as well as its burgeoning future.
“It’s been an extremely fulfilling two-and-a-half years since our purchase of the building, collaborating with architects, interior designers and sustainability specialists,” Crystalbrook Collection CEO Geoff York said.
“We love that from an environmental stance, we were able to give a new lease of life to this iconic building.
“With our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we are continually seeking ways to avoid single-use of anything.
“Here we have world-class Modernist, Brutalist architecture that we could embrace and add longevity to; it is a wonderful win for sustainability.”
The multimillion-dollar redevelopment preserves the original façade of the Roundhouse building and adds a plush interior inspired by Newcastle’s coal mining past, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and ground level café.
Destinations in themselves, the rooftop bar and restaurant, named Romberg’s and Roundhouse respectively, in tribute to the building’s architectural history, boast breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.
Full-grown olive trees at Roundhouse restaurant create a natural canopy of stippled shade over
tables throughout the day affording guests the experience of dining in a curated orchard.
And, in an Australian first, Crystalbrook Kingsley will have 100% waste-free bathrooms, with all bathroom amenities biodegradable or recyclable.
Other sustainable initiatives include the use of upcycled and recycled material in construction, a single-use plastic free environment, keyless room access, and paperless check-in and check-out.
Crystalbrook Collection was also able to recycle the vast majority of internal materials that needed to be removed in the transformation.
All rooms and suites come equipped with technology sweeteners including tablet control centres, STAYCAST by Google for video streaming, and access to hundreds of recent release complimentary movies.
“Crystalbrook Kingsley is truly a transformative moment for the city of Newcastle,” general manager Carl Taranto said.
“The opening coincided with an explosion of interest in the Hunter region, too.”
For bookings and further on the property visit www.crystalbrookcollection.com/kingsley