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QT Announces new hotel

QT has announced a new hotel is set for regional hotspot Newcastle, one of four new hotels being developed for the QT brand across Australian and New Zealand.

Property owners Iris Capital will partner with Event Hospitality and Entertainment to convert the former historic David Jones building, retaining the landmark building's heritage features, fused with the much-loved contemporary style QT is renowned for. Similar to the transformation of Sydney's iconic department store Gowings to create QT Sydney, the former David Jones site is opportune for the design-led QT experience.

As the largest regional hub in Australia, and the seventh largest city, Newcastle provides all of the benefits of a culture-rich city with the attraction of a regional, beachside town. QT Newcastle will sit amongst the new urban village perfectly located in the heart of Newcastle's Hunter Street Mall on the corner of Perkins Street. The hotel will reflect QT's popular luxurious and quirky flair, featuring 106 character-filled rooms, a boutique rooftop bar, and an intimate QT signature dining concept and bar. QT Newcastle will be located within a short walking distance to Newcastle's stunning Harbour and renowned surf beaches.

Event Hospitality and Entertainment CEO Jane Hastings said: "Over the past 12 months we have secured four new QT locations, each unique to ensure we create the QT point of difference. QT Newcastle will be a result of transforming the heritage David Jones building into a 106 room hotel with a boutique roof top bar and signature dining experience, all true to QT style."

"Currently, there is no true luxury boutique hotel operating in the Newcastle market that captures the essence of area, its history and its growing cosmopolitan feel and we believe that the characteristics of the heritage building and QT's experience will fill this void." Iris Capital CEO Sam Arnaout said the opportunity speaks for itself.

QT has a track record of transforming heritage building respectfully in to impressive spaces to meet, drink and stay and Newcastle will be no exception.

"There is no doubt anyone who has stayed with QT knows they are perfectly matched to the Newcastle market," Mr Arnaout said.

"Their boutique hotels are edgy and sophisticated and they are experts in hospitality. They work hard to be different from other operators and we wanted a point of difference for the East End."

The QT group of hotels is on a strong growth trajectory, with the opening of QT Queenstown in December 2017 and QT Perth in July 2018. QT Newcastle and QT Auckland are scheduled to open in 2020, followed by QT Parramatta and QT Adelaide in 2021.

Newcastle is set to be transformed, with news that Crystalbrook Collection and Doma Hotels both have their sights set on new hotels opening in the region in the near future.

Have you been to Newcastle lately? Would this new development encourage you to book a weekend getaway to Newcastle? Check out our handpicked collection of Newcastle hotels and holiday houses here.


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