Sydney hotel Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar re-design, encompassing guest rooms, restaurants and conferencing spaces.
Spice News visited the property last week on a hard hat tour, to get a first look at the new spaces, which will be completed in two phases.
The hotel’s 209 guest rooms are getting a full makeover to offer a more coastal look and brand new bathrooms. Ten additional guest rooms will also be added to the hotel.
When the first phase of the refurbishment is completed in early January 2020, it will include half of the guest rooms, a new lobby and arrival experience and the Studio, which can be used as a private meeting room or a shared work space.
A new conferencing destination
The new-look Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach will also feature a purpose-built events centre with 10 new flexible meetings spaces, state-of-the-art technology and new food and beverage concepts and menus.
Together, the hotel will offer more than 1175 square metres of event space, ideal for corporate business meetings, executive board meetings, private dinners or cocktail functions up to 400 guests.
Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach area general manager Gareth Long said the new event spaces will focus heavily on flexibility for event planners.
“In terms of location, the Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach is second to none,” he said.
“What we can now offer guests is much more flexibility when it comes to staying here on business, with upgraded technology, smarter use of our social spaces and responding better to the changing ways in which people do business.
“We’ve been buoyed by the amount of interest and excitement in our new meeting spaces and offerings, and we’re already seeing strong interest coming through for 2020 and beyond.”
On the ground floor, the Oceanic Ballroom is the largest event space at 360 square metres and divides in two for smaller events.
Also on the ground floor is the Studio, a new bookable space for impromptu meetings, collaborative workshops or private dining for 12. When not in use, the Studio can be used by hotel guests as a shared work space, library or casual place to meet.
The Business Centre Boardroom, also on the ground floor, is a light-filled intimate space for meetings up to eight people.
The lower ground floor has been completely transformed into a dedicated events centre with the space dividing into eight separate rooms and extensive AV technology throughout.
The Centennial Conference Room has been extended to 217 square metres and can be split into three separate rooms. The Coogee Room has also been extended and can divide in to three separate rooms, while the Bronte Room (67 square metres) and Clovelly Room (75 square metres) have been increased in size.
Also on the lower ground floor is the new Experience Gallery, an integrated and flexible space that can be used as an exhibition and trade area, day or evening catering space or for ad-hoc breakout meetings.
The hotel’s food and beverage concepts are also getting a refresh and will be opened in stages. A new ground floor restaurant with ocean views will open in January 2020 offering guests the opportunity to convene for post-meeting drinks and continue to dinner in the adjoining dining room.
A second culinary space due to open in February 2020 is located below the hotel and will offer a casual taqueria, outdoor bar area and more.
Phase two of Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach’s re-design will be completed by September 2020 and includes the remainder of the guest rooms, the hotel exterior and pool area.