Hotel Kurrajong Canberra reopens
TFE Hotels completes restoration of historic hotel
Guests are returning to an era of old-world charm and elegance as the historic Hotel Kurrajong Canberra has reopened its doors.
Nestled among trees between Lake Burley Griffin and Capital Hill, the heritage-listed hotel that originally opened in 1926 is in Canberra’s parliamentary district, operated as a boarding house and more recently, a hotel school. In a joint venture between TFE Hotels and the National Roads & Motorist's Association (NRMA), the pavilion-style hotel has been fully restored with a distinct art deco theme.
CEO of NRMA, Tony Stuart said the history behind the famed Hotel Kurrajong Canberra married well with the NRMA’s proud history in Canberra as Australia’s largest mutual organisation.
Originally constructed as one of two hotels of equal walking distance from Old Parliament House, Hotel Kurrajong is part of the fabric of Australia's political capital. It is most famous as post World War Two Prime Minister Ben Chifley's home in Canberra; he preferred the comfortable, down-to-earth hotel to the Australian PM's official residence, The Lodge.
The restored Hotel Kurrajong has old world charm with a stylish and contemporary twist. Guests will be struck by the 1920’s-inspired decor and hospitality from the moment they arrive. The cosy fireplace, the Library that is full of historic literature and the collages of photographs from different periods along the hallways give guests a sense of the hotel’s history.
Hotel Kurrajong offers a premium dining experience at Chifley’s Bar & Grill, a quality-driven steakhouse and bar with the award winning hatted chef Michael Chatto at the helm. Chatto has created a delicious menu with the use of fresh local produce, hand selected meats and more than 120 local and international wines. With a strong focus on premium beef, Chifley’s 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.
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 is the man behind the new sophisticated refurbished interior.
“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.
We see style and luxury combine effortlessly with the hotel's distinct architectural history to bring a refined sense of glamour and elegance,” Andrew Parr said.
The hotel’s sophisticated design and chic furnishings also pay homage to its notable origins and design by the Commonwealth’s Chief Architect John Smith Murdoch in 1926; who was also responsible for the design of Old Parliament House.
The hotel comprises of 147 rooms, 26 of which are located in the heritage wing, four executive suites, four balcony rooms and eight terrace rooms. The hotel’s charming garden setting is keeping most of his original plantings that were established by Thomas Charles Weston, then the Superintendent of Parks and Gardens in Canberra.
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Mature Traveller had the honour of being invited to the opening night, when our Prime Minister the Honourable Tony Abbott launched the property.
We can highly recommend the Hotel Kurrajong as an ideal and historic place to stay. The black and white photographs that adorn the walls relate much of the nostalgia that was Canberra from nearly 100 years ago. The quality of the restorations is superb and well suited to the era.
Robert McKenna, the General Manager and his excellent staff made sure our three day stay will live long in our memories.