Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street

Australia’s biggest ibis hotel is located in the Queensland capital of Brisbane.

The 368-room ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street is centrally located in the city’s CBD, adjoining the Myer Centre and Queen Street Mall and within walking distance of government departments and the Brisbane Casino.



Ibis Styles sits alongside Accor’s other ibis brands –  ibis and ibis Budget.

Each of the three brands has its own special personality and range of hotel services.

AccorHotels says Ibis Styles hotels feature individual designs that are “vibrant and playful”, as well as including continental breakfast and Wi-Fi access.

Simon McGrath, of AccorHotels, said the ibis Styles brand had “kept up with the changing expectations of consumers through design-led affordable quality hotels in the economy space and AccorHotels will continue to expand the ibis Styles portfolio.”

Information provided by AccorHotels. See  accorhotels.com

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The new Kirkton Park

A popular resort on Australia’s east coast has undergone an extensive revamp.

Sebel Kirkton Park, in the Hunter Valley vineyards of New South Wales, was transformed to what it describes as”21st Century chic”.


The upgrade covered the resort’s 70 guestrooms and lobby as well as a new restaurant, wine bar and lounge.

A Sebel Kirkton Park Official said the grand exterior remained the same, but the inside was redone in bold colours, rich fabrics, soft lighting and striking furnishings.

“From the guestrooms to the restaurant, bar and lobby, our guests can see a complete transformation.

Set on a 70 acre estate, The Sebel Kirkton Park offers sensational Hunter Valley vistas and picture perfect manicured gardens, making it one of the region’s most popular resorts.

imageComplete with sustainable farming used to support the restaurant and bar, Kirkton Park is named after the first vines established in the area in the mid 1800’s.

The resort boasts tennis courts; a billiards room; and an onsite Grecian-style pool house with indoor heated pool, sauna and spa, and a gymnasium.

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Mercure hotel at Australia’s Newcastle Airport

Newcastle airport, on Australia’s east coast, has boosted accommodation.

A 95-room Mercure hotel was the first  in the expanding airport precinct, which is a key gateway to Newcastle City and the Hunter region.

AccorHotels says the Mercure Newcastle Airport provides contemporary sound-proofed guest rooms with high speed wireless broadband; blackout blinds; iPod docking stations; Foxtel satellite television; and ‘smart’ TV’s.

The  hotel is the 11th AccorHotel facility in the area – including five in Newcastle itself.

Reservations can be made by either visiting www.accorhotels.com or telephoning 4033 8900 and mentioning ‘Opening Special’.

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Accor Australian hotels in hall of fame

Five of Accor’s Australian hotels are included in Trip Advisor’s ‘Hall of Fame’, for performing outstandingly five years in a row.


The hotels are:

• Quay West Suites Melbourne
• The Sebel Maroochydore
• Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
• Pullman Cairns International
• The Sebel Mandurah

Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of Accor Hotels Australia, said the group highly valued honest feedback provided by customers through TripAdvisor.

“It’s particularly impressive to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as this award relies on having consistently positive online reviews for five years in a row – a difficult achievement by any measure”.


TripAdvisor allows travellers to create and read reviews from hotels, restaurants attractions world-wide. The online site has 340 million unique visitors each month and is home to more than 225 million reviews – making it a wealth of information for travellers.

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Accor continues to boost Mercure brand in Australasia

Accor’s network of Mercure hotels is continuing to grow in Australasia.

The latest Mercure hotels has increased the network to 49 across Australia and New Zealand.

The Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, in the Australian state of Victoria, has been rebranded Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre.image003

This 71-room hotel is located opposite Ballarat’s popular Sovereign Hill attraction and boasts two restaurants, 24 meeting and conference rooms, a Day Spa and swimming pool.

Hotel Launceston in Tasmania is set to be rebranded to Mercure Launceston, complementing Accor’s other Tasmanian property, The Sebel Launceston. Located within the city’s business area, Mercure Launceston features 70 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and a newly refurbished conference room.

The 74-room Best Western Goulburn, in New South Wales, has joined the Accor network under the name of the Mercure Goulburn. The hotel is located in the regional city of Goulburn, about 200 kilometres by road south west of Sydney.

In New Zealand, the Abel Tasman Hotel in Wellington is becoming the Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman. This 73-room hotel is located in the heart of Wellington’s business and entertainment district, and is within walking distance of Lampton Harbour. Facilities include a restaurant, bar bistro and four main function rooms which can cater for up to 120 people.

Chief Operating Officer of Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath, said that, by bringing internationally branded hotels into these areas, the company looked forward to “fostering and growing tourism in the regions”.

The four Mercure hotels will join Accor’s expanding franchise portfolio of over 70 hotels.

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Sebel network continues Australian growth

The Sebel hotel and apartment network continues to grow in Australia.

Accor has expanded the Sebel brand in the Australian states of Queensland and Victoria.

In Queensland, the Sebel South Brisbane is situated at 50 Water Street in the state’s capital.

Near the commercial and entertainment hub of Brisbane’s South Bank, the 63-room hotel provides apartment-style accommodation, as well as conference and meeting faciliites – including a boardroom with seating for up to 14.

There’s also a pool, fitness centre and a sky-deck.

Yarrawonga development

In regional Victoria, a $A35M resort-style development is set to be built at the town of Yarrawonga.

Sebel Yarrawonga – a 120-room hhotel and serviced-apartment facility – will overlook Lake Mulwala and is expected to be open in early 2018.image017

Accor says guests will have access to “an impressive complex expected to include a bar and bistro, restaurant, 300-seat conference facility, pool, gymnasium and other health club amenities.

“The waterfront hotel will form the centrepiece of a broader resort and marina complex planned by development company, Lotus Living.”

The Sebel network currently offers 23 properties across Australia and New Zealand, accommodating the Accor group’s apartment portfolio while also maintaining traditional hotels.

For more on the network, visit http://www.thesebel.com

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Accommodation boost in Western Australia’s Swan Valley

Here’s some good news for travellers planning to visit the Swan Valley, one of Western Australia’s most prominent wine growing areas.


Apartments at the Sebel Swan Valley The Vines have really captured the imagination of travellers in the wake of a  $A2.5M  facelift.

The 32 apartments are part of the Accor Vacation Club and overlook the championship Vines Golf Course.They are popular with families, couples and groups seeking apartment-style facilities for an extended stay.

These apartments are ideally located alongside Novotel Swan Valley Vines Resort (shown below) with its pool and spa, 36 hole Golf Course, Keishi Day Spa, gym, restaurants and bars, set in bush that is home to kangaroos and native flora and fauna.


Close by are the world-class wineries such as Houghtons and Sandalford, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, local cheese and foods producers and restaurants, boutique breweries and other tourist attractions.

Accor says the redesign of the apartments drew inspiration from the natural surrounds of the acclaimed Swan Valley, with “wall coverings and tiles in a rich palette” accompanied by finishing touches that give a feel of warmth in the cooler wine country.

“The addition of gas fireplaces in the two-bedroom apartments ensures an ambience of luxurious warmth, complemented by timber flooring, sandstone tiling and a stacked teak timber feature wall”.

The redesigned apartments also incorporate environmental initiatives such as LED lighting and water-saving facilities.

Accor says the a feature wall covered in an image of a wine cave is designed to make guests feel they are sleeping right beside the oak barrels in a peaceful wine cellar.


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