Home' Hotel Management : HM APRIL 2015 Contents Lancemore Group has taken over the Diamant
Hotel in Sydney (pictured) from 8Hotels.
The move comes following the sale of
the property from a consortium of investors,
including 8Hotels founder Paul Fischmann, to
Singapore’s TEE Land.
The property is now known as the
Larmont Sydney by Lancemore and is set to
be revamped this year, according to the group,
headed by Julian Clark.
“ The Lancemore Group have landed on the
shores of Sydney, and done so with quite the
bang,” the group said in a statement.
“ The next 12 months will see the hotel
revamped with our signature Lancemore touch.
“Already an institution, we want to ensure that
we maintain the hotel’s essential soul and play on
this by breathing a new zest of life into the walls.
“ The hotel has been a favoured hub for
locals and travellers alike, who return time and
again because of the modern energy the hotel
exudes and, well, the location is second to none!
We couldn’t have landed in a better spot if we’d
“ The Lancemore Group are renowned for
their their ability to create an intimate and
personable guest experience.
“ We’ve been in the game for some
twenty-five odd years now and with this latest
addition, we now have six stunning boutique
properties in our portfolio, all with their own
unique personality, but all with a unified
“ Venturing into the Sydney marketplace
has been on our radar for a while now and we
feel have found the ideal property to make our
foray into the city with Larmont Sydney by
Lancemore,” the company said.
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has
officially opened the TFE- and NRMA-owned
Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra.
The opening on Wednesday night (Feb
11) was just two days after the Prime Minister
avoided being dumped as the leader of the
Liberal Party and was a major coup for TFE and
NRMA, with Abbott becoming the first Prime
Minister to open a hotel in Australia in years.
While the Prime Minister’s official residence,
The Lodge, is being renovated, he is staying at
Australian Federal Police training college and
when asked on the night whether he would follow
in the footsteps of former Labor Prime Minister
Ben Chifley and move into the Hotel Kurrajong,
he jokingly said “I am not sure whether the
current budget would run to it”.
The Hotel Kurrajong, which originally opened
in 1927 and was most recently run as a hotel
by Laureate’s Australian International Hotel
School, has a colourful history and is well known
in the capital for being PM Chifley’s home from
1945-49, who stayed here instead of The Lodge
in an effort to cut costs.
Hotel Kurrajong is also one of Canberra’s
architectural landmarks. The building was
constructed from 1925 to 1927 and was built to
accommodate public servants in preparation for
the relocation of parliament from Melbourne.
It was designed by Commonwealth chief
architect John Smith Murdoch, also responsible for
Old Parliament House in Canberra, and was done
in keeping with Walter Burley Griffin’s concept of a
NRMA CEO, Tony Stuart, said the property
was originally planned to be a Travelodge when
the hotel was purchased at auction in 2013,
however, a decision was soon made to fully
restore the hotel with a distinct art deco theme.
The result is nothing short of superlative
and Hotel Kurrajong has re-opened as one of
the best renovations ever undertaken at a hotel
“We are very excited to be reopening
the doors of this sophisticated and historic
hotel with ties to key Australian political and
architectural figures,” said TFE Hotels CEO,
“TFE Hotels is particularly respectful when
working with heritage buildings and our aim is
to keep the essence of the hotel while creating
a modern, comfortable stay for our guests,
offering premium service whilst steeped in
history,” she said.
Argaman said the iconic hotel underwent a
significant renovation to “ensure it retains many
of its historic architectural features including
pavilions, deep verandas and courtyards”.
Andrew Parr of SJB Interior Design
was responsible for the new sophisticated
“ With Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, we have
remained true to the era and existing architecture
of the building and selected design elements that
offer a historical context with a sophisticated 21st
century twist,” he said.
“We see style and luxury combine effortlessly
with the hotel’s distinct architectural history to
bring a refined sense of glamour and elegance.”
The hotel comprises of 147 rooms, 26 of which
are located in the heritage wing, alongside four
executive suites, four balcony rooms and eight
Other key heritage elements include a cosy
fireplace, library full of historic literature and the
collages of photographs from different periods
along the hotel’s hallways.
Hotel Kurrajong is also home to Chifley’s Bar
and Grill, helmed by award-winning hatted chef
Michael Chatto, who has created a menu loaded
up with local produce, hand selected meats and
more than 120 local and international wines.
Chifley’s also features a stand-alone steak
menu, where customers can choose from 18
different cuts including David Blackmore Wagyu
and Cape Grim Black Angus, each listed with its
weight, origin and marble scores.
LANCEMORE TAKES OVER DIAMANT SYDNEY
Prime Minister Abbott opens Hotel Kurrajong
The lobby of Hotel Kurrajong
Toga’s Allan Vidor, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, NRMA CEO
Tony Stuart and NRMA President and Chairman Kyle Loades
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