Salter Brothers proudly unveiled its new-look Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach Hotel in early March 2020, following the completion of Stage 1 of its multi-million-dollar refurbishment.
Leading the refurbishment, Tina Schober, Salter Brothers’ Director of Development, said “the refurbishment brings to life the company’s vision to add value to this high quality underlying asset, an iconic Sydney property, perfectly located across the road from one of the city’s most beautiful beaches and coastal destinations”.
Phase 1 included half of the 209 guest rooms re-imagined with a fresh, new look, reflective of the hotel’s beachside location and a complete re-fit of all the bathrooms. It also put the hotel firmly back on the business radar with a new purpose-built events centre, with 10 new flexible meetings spaces, state-of-the-art technology and new group event dining concepts and menus.
Tina added that “with 13 event spaces in total, including our new and exciting restaurant concepts open and available for events, and the introduction of our own dedicated Restaurants & Bars Team, the hotel further cements its position as the place to stay, meet and dine in Coogee”.
Here we share the key features of our Stage 1 Refurbishment.
Lobby, Studio, Meetings & Events Centre
The arrival experience is welcoming with spaces that include a light filled lobby, studio and meeting/function spaces which have all been designed to feel part of Coogee’s coastal vibe, with a strong connection to the Coogee beach front. Using natural finishes and fresh colour schemes that complement the beach, surf and sky palette, the coastal mood and ambience also flows through to the restaurants and open spaces.
The flexible Meetings and Event spaces are connected to the lobby via the feature staircase and light filled pre-function spaces link the function rooms with ‘the Terrace’, an open air, casual space for drinks and dining. All of the 10 meeting spaces have been refreshed and modernised with upgraded technology and are ideal for corporate business meetings, executive board meetings, social events, private dinners or cocktail functions, up to 400 guests.
The guestroom design epitomises seaside chic, with a subtle colour palette that complements the blue hues of the beachside surrounds, and optimises ocean views. All rooms have been fitted out with premium bedding, carpet and curtains, and a fresh new bathroom re-fit.
In an exciting move for the Salter Brothers Hotel Group in 2020, the commencement of our dedicated Restaurants and Bars team brings a fresh new approach to operating restaurants and bars in hotels in Australia, and has seen the launch of destination restaurant concepts being created at Coogee. Headed up by the extremely talented Executive Chef, Matthew Butcher (who has worked with Shannon Bennett (Vue de Monde) and Gordon Ramsay), the new and innovative hospitality concepts provide on–trend experiences for our hotel guests and local communities, and distinguish our hotels from competitors.
At Coogee, light and bright is the best way to describe the new-look Shutters Restaurant and Bar, located off the lobby, which has been dressed in beachside blue greens while pastel aqua booths reference Miami style lounge bars beneath umbrella trees, palms and yuccas. An all-day dining menu encourages leisurely lunches at Shutters, along with a smartly curated wine selection from Australia, Italy and France.
In addition to Shutters, Estate offers three new dining venues; Terrace is an open-air casual kiosk style diner for beach-lovers, all tropical palms and bean-bag seating; Kitchen is a formal restaurant offering seafood specialities; while Taqueria, is a Margarita bar and Mexican-style cantina. To add a bit of drama, hidden within the hotel is Confessional, a private karaoke hideaway reserved for late night renditions.
The second stage of the refurbishment, also set to be implemented with lead partner from Stage 1, Schiavello Construction, is set for completion in time for Summer 2020. Stage 2 will include the remaining guest rooms, the hotel exterior and a new infinity edge pool and pool club on the deck, with unmatched 180 degree views over the Pacific Ocean.