Peppers, will open its first CBD property in
Australia in the nation’s capital when it takes over management of
the Diamant Hotel Canberra.
The property will rebrand in July as
Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra.
Boutique hotel operator 8Hotels sold the Diamant
Hotel Canberra and the on-site Bicicletta restaurant to Mantra
Group in an off market transaction, having overseen operations of
the property since opening in 2008.
The new CBD addition signifies the evolution of
the Peppers brand which started as a small group of boutique
retreats 30 years ago; expanding to include larger coastal resorts
over the last 10 years before its first foray into metropolitan
style accommodation with the opening of Peppers Broadbeach in
2010. Most recently the brand moved into Asia with the opening of
Peppers Sentosa Seminyak in Indonesia; and with the addition of
the Canberra hotel, the full spectrum of accommodation experiences
are now available under the Peppers brand.
Peppers will also manage the hotel component of
the new-build mixed-use development in the Docklands Melbourne
precinct to open in 2016.
“This is a historic announcement for Peppers and
the first of many CBD properties we have planned for Australia and
New Zealand,” said Bob East, CEO of Mantra Group which manages the
Peppers accommodation network. “We have felt for some time that
the Peppers brand would work in CBD locations and needed to find
the right property to align with the Peppers name. The quality and
location of the Canberra hotel is a worthy choice to be the first
CBD property for the group. We are off to a great start with our
Peppers CBD network with the Canberra and Melbourne signings and
look forward to announcing further additions over the next two
The boutique hotel will rebrand as Peppers
Gallery Hotel Canberra in July and offer 80
hotel rooms complete with Bang and Olufsen plasma TVs, iPod
docking stations, plunger coffee makers, free broadband access
featuring, luxurious bathrooms with rain shower and marble vanity
tops and original art works throughout.
The hotel offers an acclaimed restaurant –
Bicicletta offering Italian inspired cuisine – with a bar &
lounge, fitness centre and day spa amongst the other hotel
Located close to the shores of Lake Burley
Griffin in the newly transformed New Action precinct, the hotel is
housed in a historic, heritage listed building surrounded by
landscaped gardens and specialist retailers with Canberra’s main
cultural, entertainment, sporting and commercial facilities
nearby. Canberra’s upgraded airport is also easily accessible.
The Australian National University, Australian
National Museum, Botanical Gardens and Telstra viewing tower are
all within five minutes’ drive while the Australian National Zoo
and Arboretum – Canberra’s fastest growing attraction – are within
15 minutes’ drive.
A new light rail is planned for 2015
commencement and a burgeoning dining precinct are amongst the
emerging attractions in the capital.
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