A $50 million Rydges hotel with a rooftop bar and viewing deck will be built at Gold Coast Airport.
The four star hotel, set for completion in 2019, will include 192 rooms and suites over seven storeys with views over Kirra beach and across the runway to the hinterland.
In addition to the rooftop venues, the hotel will have a restaurant, resort-style swimming pool, and substantial function, conference and meeting facilities. The rooms will have Rydges Dream Beds and there will be complimentary WiFi throughout.
It will be located close to the airport’s major terminal expansion project, with construction of both projects expected to start in the third quarter of next year.
The hotel will be developed and managed by a newly created entity, Gold Coast Airport Hotel Pty Ltd, wholly owned by Trepang Services Pty Ltd which is led by experienced hotel developer and operator, John Robinson AO.
The hotel will be branded under Rydges Hotels and Resorts, an Event Hospitality and Entertainment company.
Gold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills said the hotel would enhance the appeal of the growing airport precinct and add a new level of convenience for passengers.
“This is a game changer not just for the airport, but for the southern Gold Coast.
“The hotel is an important part of the airport’s broader property strategy and we expect it will stimulate interest in a number of other exciting projects being considered for the precinct.
“The location lends itself to a high quality hotel development – we’re a stone’s throw from some of Australia’s best beaches and in the heart of the southern Gold Coast, which is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination.
“Many of our customers have indicated they would welcome the convenience of an airport hotel to enable them to catch early morning flights after meetings or conferences,” said Mills.
The hotel will generate 64 jobs during operation, and more than 90 jobs during construction.
Gold Coast Airport handles more than 6.4 million passenger movements annually. It is owned and operated by Queensland Airports Limited, which also operates Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.