The kind of classic beachside scene Newcastle is known for: credit Chris Elfes
Three new luxury hotels – the Doma Group’s Little National, Crystalbrook’s Kingsley and QT Newcastle – will open this year as the city’s jagged-teeth skyline is slowly being filled in. The 106-room QT Newcastle will occupy part of the former 111-year-old David Jones building, from which the smell of freshly baked cookies once wafted across the city.
Retaining the landmark building’s heritage facade, QT Newcastle will open with a rooftop bar in the revitalised East End precinct, within spitting distance of the harbour and surf beaches.
Crystalbrook, meanwhile, will transform Newcastle’s landmark ‘Roundhouse’ former council administrative centre into a luxury hotel due to open in late 2020. Housed in a brutalist architectural style building, Kingsley will be Newcastle’s first five-star hotel.
Embracing the shifting landscape, and celebrating what’s been and what’s to come, Kingsley aims to be elegantly sophisticated and culturally connected. The City Hall, Civic Theatre, Art Gallery and War Memorial Cultural Centre lie on its doorstep.