Hanging garden hotel plan for West End
Article from: The Advertiser
June 09, 2008 12:30am
A 23-STOREY, $65 million boutique hotel, featuring a garden overhanging Hindley St, is planned to help revitalise Adelaide's West End.
The Majestic Group has lodged a planning application with Adelaide City Council for the 283-room Majestic Vertical Garden Hotel. The move has been described as "bold" by Ian Horne, general manager of the Hotels Association SA.
He said if investments were to continue in the city, more money and resources were needed to attract major events here.
The Majestic Group is an arm of the Culshaw Group, which owns and operates such properties as the Majestic Roof Garden in the city and the new, self check-in Majestic Minima at North Adelaide. It also is responsible for the $400 million Point Boston Peninsula development on Eyre Peninsula. The new hotel, on the corner of Hindley and Blyth streets, if approved, would bring the company's investment in the city to about $200 million.
The hotel has been designed to reduce water use by 20 per cent and energy by 40 per cent compared with standard hotels.
"Our fear, not just for that development but for any, is that we are entering into turbulent times with the strength of the dollar encouraging locals to travel outside of Australia," Mr Horne said. He said the Government had to look at "putting seriously more money into promoting the state interstate and overseas".
Chief executive of the Culshaw Group, John Culshaw, said the hotel would "add weight to the steady revitalisation of this important city precinct". "We are hopeful the council will be very supportive of an iconic project like this," he said.
Minister for both Adelaide and Tourism, Jane Lomax-Smith said: "The Majestic Group have been significant investors and supporters of tourism in SA, investing in unique destinations and accommodation styles with a real focus on sustainability and smart ecological design".
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