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As Belconnen Town Centre undergoes a development boom, it has now received a crucial element in its makeover—an internationally-branded hotel.
Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has just opened the doors to the Mercure Canberra Belconnen as part of a partnership with hotel owners, Canberra Labor Club group.
The five-storey, 125 room, Mercure Hotel has been built at the Canberra Labor Club precinct on Cameron Avenue. The midscale hotel will join the Club’s precinct directly through a connecting walkway, allowing guests easy access to all the entertainment facilities within the club, including its bar, bistro café, TAB and gaming room.
In a much-needed boost to the city’s hotel capacity, the new Mercure offers sophisticated guestrooms which include plush beds, relaxed workstations, Smart TVs, Chromecast and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel also features gym facilities, laundry facilities, a spacious lobby lounge, food and beverage outlets, event and conferencing spaces and onsite parking.
Designed by May + Russell Architects, the hotel design draws inspiration from the local environment by using colours and textures with a natural undertone.
Given Belconnen’s recent resurgence as a busy business and apartment district with proximity to large government departments such as Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the University of Canberra, GIO Stadium, Australian Institute of Sport and Calvary Hospital, the hotel is a welcome investment in the area and will cater to largely a business crowd.
Of course, being within walking distance after big games and concerts at the AIS and GIO Stadium may also make also it an overnight choice for Canberrans keen for a special night out.
Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for over 400 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia and Hawaii, said, “All eyes are on the nation’s capital at the moment, which is experiencing a renewed interest amongst investors and developers.
“We’re delighted to bring the Mercure brand to Belconnen in partnership with Canberra Labor Club. We enjoy partnering with clubs and adding an accommodation offering to their already successful business, by enhancing the existing club’s facilities to benefit members as well as new business and leisure guests.
“We are confident that the Mercure hotel will provide much-needed new hotel supply for Canberra and we look forward to welcoming the first guests to Mercure Canberra Belconnen,” he said.
Canberra Labor Club’s Chief Executive, Arthur Roufogalis, says “We are really excited to be opening Mercure Canberra Belconnen… We are confident the hotel will add to the vibrance of the Belconnen district with premium accommodation and a large range of facilities including various cafes and bars both in the Hotel and the Canberra Labor Club.”
Mercure Canberra Belconnen is located in the town centre of Belconnen, just 8km from the Canberra CBD, and a short stroll from Westfield Belconnen. The transport Canberra bus network is located at the hotel’s doorstep offering easy access to all of Canberra’s cultural attractions, and just a short 20-minute drive from Canberra Airport.
What: Mercure Canberra Belconnen
Where: 59 Cameron Avenue, Belconnen
To book, visit accorhotels.com
This editorial was created in partnership with Mercure Canberra Belconnen. For more information on sponsored partnerships, click here.