Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley has unveiled its new-look accommodation, marking the first stage of its multi-million-dollar transformation.
Located about an hour’s drive north-west of Sydney, the eight-hectare resort features 105 rooms and nine conference spaces.
In this initial stage of refurbishment, 75 guestrooms have been fully re-imagined with modern interiors and a new ergonomic layout.
Among the new in-room features are Chromecast technology, low consumption LED lighting, open plan wardrobes and loads of natural light.
Andres Coll, senior associate from design company Stack, said the goal for the redesign was to incorporate modern touches while retaining the hotel’s heritage.
“From the beginning, we knew that acknowledging and engaging the heritage aspect of the building was important – it shows character, class and history, three things we did not want to lose in this refurbishment,” said Coll.
“At the same time we agreed each room must embody a getaway from the city environment that feels lighter, modern and ‘Instagramable’ the moment you walk inside.
“The use of natural materials, soft colour palates and long LED lighting really helped us achieve this, along with the sophistication of the in room technology and its ergonomic layout.”
The hotel features eight room types in total, the most premium being the Deluxe Balcony Suite with king sized bed, bath and views to the Blue Mountains.
The fourth and final stage of the transformation is slated for completion by April 2021, when the executive suites will also be fully renovated.
Hotel general manager Stephen Wills said the 18-month renovations will take what was once a modest regional conferencing venue and elevate it to a new contemporary standard.
“The feedback from guests who have already stayed in our new rooms has been amazing,” said Wills.
“The light, fresh style and openness of each room is really the most notable change admired by those staying with us, along with the new bathrooms of course.
“Plus, we’re really excited because our best executive suites are still under refurbishment. We can’t wait for the feedback once these rooms are complete.”