30 Jan The Chronicle – Inside new $10 million Toowoomba hotel
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Inside new $10 million Toowoomba hotel
The city’s new $10 million hotel has opened to the public, with the first guests arriving last Thursday.
The 55-room hotel at 258 Margaret St is The Potter Group’s first development foray into the Darling Downs.
Peter Stronge and his wife Madeline, have been appointed to manage the property.
Mr Stronge said the hotel was open for business and an official opening would take place on February 23.
Photos from inside the new building reveal the splendour of the establishment which boasts a restaurant, bar and hotel.
Its standard rooms have king-size beds, with the hotel also offering executive rooms, interconnecting family rooms, self-contained units and rooms for people with disabilities.
Mr Stronge said the hotel was hoping to cash in on customers visiting Toowoomba to shop at the nearby Grand Central shopping centre, currently undergoing a $500 million redevelopment.
He said Toowoomba had a lot to offer to tourists, which was not widely known.
“We’d like to help promote tourism in Toowoomba, it has a lot going for it.
“We’re hopeful to get a percentage of the customers going to Grand Central, particularly those travelling from out west.”
He said a special 5pm checkout was available to guests on Sunday, which he called “snoozing Sunday”.
EARLIER: Property developer John Potter will open the doors of his latest Queensland venture this week – Potter’s Boutique Hotel Toowoomba.
The $10 million 55-room hotel at 258 Margaret St is The Potter Group’s first development foray into the Darling Downs and the newest hotel project for the Garden City.
“We are very excited to open and confident the property will appeal to the business and leisure markets,” Mr Potter said, whose Potters Oceanside project in Mackay has received several tourism industry awards, including the 2015 Queensland Tourism Award (Silver) for new tourism business.
John Potter, founder and former chief executive officer of Citie Centre, which later merged with ASX-listed property developer and one of Australia’s largest housing providers, Villaworld Limited, said Toowoomba Regional Council had earmarked the site as an ideal location for a hotel.
“Toowoomba has a strong demand for accommodation, particularly as the region has more than $13 billion in infrastructure projects under way, an international airport and is the gateway to western Queensland,” Mr Potter said.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said attracting projects like the Potter Group’s Boutique Hotel to the city was an important part of the region’s long-term vision as a major investment and business hub.
“We have a strong business community and plenty of world-class events so it’s great to be able to increase our offering of local quality accommodation,” Cr Antonio said.
Mr Potter’s long-time friend, Peter Stronge and his wife Madeline, have been appointed to manage the property after their successful tenure at Potters Oceanside in Mackay.
“I went to University with Peter in Gatton and we have both a long association with Toowoomba. Peter was born and raised here and we spent many years playing rugby in this city, even winning the 1970 and 1971 grand finals at Gold Park,” Mr Potter said.
The Stronges have been involved with the planning and execution of the pre-opening of the two-storey Potter’s Boutique Hotel Toowoomba, and have enjoyed watching the finer details come together to make an exciting new accommodation option for the region.
“There are a host of features which make this hotel buzz. Every room has a king-sized bed, and the design feels modern and fresh. We want guests to have a ‘wow’ factor and are confident we can deliver a five-star experience. Everything from the beds and pillows to the room amenities have been carefully hand-picked,” Mrs Stronge said.
“We have worked together in business all our married life, and we work well as a team. We know the hotel intimately and are looking forward to our first guests arriving this month.”
The upmarket property, located a short walk from the $500 million Grand Central Shopping Centre precinct features a mix of family-style accommodation, king or twin rooms and three disability rooms with an interconnecting door for carers or family.
The property also features a separate-entry restaurant and bar open to the public, with a Friday afternoon happy hour.
John and Peter’s rugby obsession will come to life regularly at the hotel with special events for former players.
Mr Potter said his company planned to develop a hotel every year and would consider another project in similar to the Margaret Street Hotel for Toowoomba.
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