Featured image: That five-star feeling. Photo: Crystalbrook Kingsley
With Hunter Valley wine country hot on our winter wish list, now is the perfect time to meet Crystalbrook Kingsley. It’s Newcastle’s first five-star hotel, and definitely worth the wait.
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Never been to Newcastle? Two hours north of Sydney, this historic harbour city is a burgeoning holiday destination thanks to its coastal charms, noteworthy architecture, and proximity to the Hunter Valley. Meaning a unique past-present-future mood was called for when Crystalbrook zoomed in on Newcastle’s former Council Administration Centre, locally known as ‘the Roundhouse’ to create their new hotel.
Cue a multimillion-dollar redevelopment by local firm EJE Architecture to transform the property into a sophisticated 130-room retreat, just moments from the City Hall, Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery, and War Memorial. Plush interiors from Melbourne’s Suede Interior Design give a nod to Newcastle’s coal mining past while a rooftop bar and restaurant take in 360-degree views of the city, harbour, and Hunter beyond.
The clincher is Crystalbrook Kingsley’s outstanding sustainability cred, including the use of upcycled and recycled materials in construction, 100% waste-free bathrooms (an Australian first), paperless check-in and check-out, and an environment free of single-use plastics.
Preserving the original façade of the Roundhouse building really set the tone, as Crystalbrook Collection CEO, Geoff York explains.
“We love that from an environmental stance, we were able to give a new lease of life to this iconic building,” says Geoff. “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.”
Up on the roof, the light-filled Roundhouse restaurant is sure to draw a crowd when it opens later this month. Full-grown olive trees have been featured to create a feeling of sun-dappled orchard dining, with 80% of produce to be sourced from within a three-hour radius. You can also sample a local drop at the hotel’s position-perfect bar, Romberg’s, named in honour of the building’s original architect, Frederick Romberg.
Nice one, Newcastle.
Where: Crystalbrook Kingsley in Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney. The hotel joins Crystalbrook’s sparkling portfolio of properties in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney.
Couples will love: Discovering an often-underrated NSW holiday destination,with a Hunter Valley holiday less than an hour away.
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