My one and only stay in a Mondrian hotel, in West Hollywood, was a memorable one - and not just because I spotted rapper Dizzee Rascal in its lobby. Rather, I thought the hotel an establishment that oozed style, but one that still welcomed me – hardly debonair – as though I were the owner of the Ferrari on its doorstep.
Now, the elegant Mondrian brand is bound for Australia, with hotel group Accor and Brisbane developer Chris Vitale planning to open a 209-room hotel on Gold Coast’s Burleigh Heads, The Australian Financial Review reports.
Set to open in mid-2023, the Mondrian Hotel will occupy one of two towers being developed by Vitale; the other tower will be home to 89 Mondrian-branded residential apartments. A three-level podium that includes a spa, fitness centre, swimming pools and eateries will reside below the towers.
One of nine new Mondrian properties to open globally, the 22-storey Mondrian Gold Coast bucks the idea that the hotel sector may struggle for years to come.
“As soon as the borders open, we expect to see an increase in domestic tourism,” Accor Pacific CEO Simon McGrath said.
The Mondrian brand was developed by Los Angeles-based management company sbe in collaboration with celebrities including Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni and Lenny Kravitz. It is half owned by Accor.
“I’ve always loved Burleigh Heads and have long wanted to do a high-end hotel here,” McGrath told AFR.
“There are a lot of hotels north of Broadbeach, but nowhere to stay on the southern Gold Coast. That’s what triggered this project.”
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