Primewest entered a contract to purchase the hotel in October, settlement has now occurred with Rydges taking over management of the iconic property this week.
The Esplanade Fremantle is one of Western Australia’s major conference, corporate and leisure hotels.
The Rydges group plans to build on its great reputation for service and first class facilities while ensuring the property remains at the forefront of current hospitality industry trends.
Changes set to take place over a period of time will include the introduction of Rydges Dream Beds throughout the hotel, a significant upgrade of Wi-Fi services and a renewed focus on the hotel’s food and beverage offering, which is always a strong foundation in any Rydges hotel.
Rydges have appointed one of their longest serving and most senior executives to be the Hotel’s new general manager. David Bornmann was previously a West Australian resident when he managed Rydges Perth and is excited to be returning home.
“The Esplanade is a real institution for both locals and visitors to Fremantle, so it’s a fantastic property to be aligned with. We will be working hard to keep the best elements of the hotel, as well as adding some modern touches to make guests’ experiences even better,” he said.
Primewest is a leading Perth-based property developer with a national portfolio exceeding $1.5 billion. Properties include shopping centres, bulky retail, CBD offices, industrial and broad acre residential subdivisions. Primewest and Rydges established a relationship following the acquisition of Rydges Kalgoorlie in 2007.