Crystalbrook Collection takes over boutique Brisbane hotel

Just over a year old, the property is set to be rebranded under the new ownership.

Crystalbrook Collection is continuing its expansion across Australia’s east coast with the acquisition of boutique Brisbane hotel The Fantauzzo.

Located beneath the Story Bridge overlooking the Howard Smith Wharves, the hotel opened in March 2019 under Accor’s Art Series Hotels brand.

It features 166 rooms and suites, an Italian restaurant and bar, a rooftop pool and bar, as well as three dedicated meeting spaces for up to 200 delegates.

Crystalbrook Brisbane hotel
The Fantauzzo will be rebranded

An official handover is slated for the first half of 2021, when the hotel will be renamed under the Crystalbrook Collection portfolio.

Until then, The Fantauzzo will trade as normal under Accor’s management.

Crystalbrook Collection owner Ghassan Aboud welcomed the first Brisbane hotel to the group’s growing portfolio.

“Australia’s east coast is unlike anything else in the world and as a company we are pleased to be able to invest in and support the Australian tourism industry,” he said.

“Brisbane was the next logical step for us.”

The hotel will join Crystalbrook’s existing property collection, which includes Riley, Bailey and Flynn in Cairns, Kingsley in Newcastle, Little Albion in Sydney and Byron at Byron.

“The Fantauzzo fits seamlessly with Crystalbrook Collection,” added interim CEO and group director of hotels Geoff York.

“The hotel is unique, full of personality and we love the location in the cultural hub of Howard Smith Wharves.”

The hospitality company entered Australia in 2017 with the purchase of Crystalbrook Station, an 85,000-acre cattle farm three-hours west of Cairns that now supplies responsibly farmed beef to Crystalbrook’s hotel properties.

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