Toga Hotels has announced the acquisition, in conjunction with NRMA, of the heritage Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra. The hotel will continue to operate as Hotel Kurrajong until the planned refurbishment is complete when it will become known as Travelodge Kurrajong.
Located in the suburb of Barton, Hotel Kurrajong is close to Parliament House and a significant commercial & government office precinct – a much sought after address in Canberra.
The property will undergo significant internal refurbishment, within heritage guidelines, to bring it up to the modern and comfortable standard enjoyed by Travelodge guests in 16 hotels across Australia and New Zealand. The works will include an expansion of the number of guest rooms.
Once complete, Travelodge Kurrajong will continue to offer extensive conferencing facilities, including several function and meeting rooms. Food and beverage options will include a restaurant and bar.Â
â€œToga Hotels is delighted to have acquired Hotel Kurrajong, to be known as Travelodge Kurrajong after the completion of an extensive internal refurbishment. Expansion in Canberra has always been high on Toga Hotelsâ€™ agenda and this acquisition complements Toga Hotelsâ€™ current growth strategy, along with our existing properties in the region,â€ said Allan Vidor, managing director of Toga Group.
Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hotels, said, â€œCanberra is a destination that continues to impress with its sophistication and commercial importance, whilst remaining an important government hub. This new hotel project is in conjunction with NRMA, a long standing partner of Toga Hotels. Together, we will offer guests an affordable accommodation option that celebrates the old and the new of the Australian capital.â€
Built in 1925, the hotel was designed by the Chief Commonwealth Architect J.S Murdoch, also responsible for the design of Old Parliament House. Toga Hotels is known for its successful and respectful transformation of heritage buildings into hotels and apartment hotels.