One of Cairns’ leading three-star resorts, the , is now in the final stages of its extensive renovation programme, with a view to launch its new look in the first week of August 2010.
Managed by Australia’s largest hotel group, Accor, and owned by Taisei Kanko Australia, the hotel commenced its $3.5 million refurbishment in April this year.
The project has been overseen by building company Isis, who have worked together with Sydney-based hotel design company Interni to refresh and update all rooms, suites and public areas including Teshi’s Restaurant and Blue Mango Bar at the hotel.
Mercure Cairns Harbourside will offer a total of 173 new standard and superior guest rooms on completion of its refurbishment, including 15 new suites.
Accor has spent an estimated $10,000 on each room as part of the upgrade, and approximately $40,000 on average per one-bedroom suite at the hotel.
The hotel’s General Manager, Shane Edwards says the renovation will help Mercure attract significantly greater numbers of international and interstate visitors to Cairns.
“Mercure Cairns Harbourside is an iconic and well established property in Cairns, and this renovation has been well timed to take advantage of the focus on our region by airlines and the industry which will help stimulate the next important phase for the hotel.
“This hotel is immensely important and sought out by the inbound market, as well as domestic travellers familiar with the great value and quality the Mercure brand represents.
“Our refurbishment will help us attract significantly greater numbers of international and interstate visitors to Cairns, and further boost the city’s reputation as one of the great tourist destinations in the world.”
Accor is the largest hotel operator in the Cairns region with seven hotels under the Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and All Seasons brands.
The multi-level high rise building is superbly located on the Esplanade with views over Trinity Bay or the rainforest-clad mountains, Mercure Harbourside Hotel Cairns features an outdoor pool and spa and is within walking distance of the best attractions, restaurants and entertainment in town.
Guests can dine at the updated Teshi’s Restaurant, which offers indoor dining and features a contemporary Australian menu reflecting the flavours of the region, and the recently launched 2010 “Grands Vins Mercure”, a wine list dedicated to showcasing Queensland’s increasingly attractive wines.
Popular wedding and casual dining venue, the Blue Mango Bar and Terrace, has also been updated, its refreshed feel complemented by its surrounding lush tropical gardens and Esplanade views.
The Mercure hotel group is the first major hotel group in Queensland to take the State’s local wines seriously, with the launch of the Grands Vins regional list complementing the hotel’s standard wine list, which together provide a comprehensive range of Australian and international wines.
The hotel provides three conference rooms, catering for up to 120 delegates theatre style or 85 banquet style, and offers the Mercure brand’s innovative carbon neutral ‘Mercure Meetings’ product, attracting environmentally conscious government and private sector businesses and conferencing events. The ‘Mercure Meetings’ initiative allows conference guests to offset the carbon emissions produced from meetings activity at the hotel and the Mercure will fully fund offsets produced during the event at no cost to the client.
The sole Mercure hotel in Cairns, the Mercure Cairns Harbourside is one of an extensive national network of Mercure hotels around the country, in CBD such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart and regional locations such as the Mercure Caroline Springs in Victoria.