Occupancy rates up after $3.5m Novotel Geelong refurbishment

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The bay was part of the inspiration for Novotel Geelong’s new colour scheme.

THE new-look interior of the Novotel Geelong hotel has been revealed after a $3.5 million renovation.

All 109 guest rooms at the waterfront hotel have been upgraded as part of the first major refurbishment since it opened in 2001.

Novotel Geelong general manager Bryan Dennis said occupancy rates were up as guests showed their appreciation for the modern decor.

New artwork adorns the walls.

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Updated bathrooms, a new colour scheme, carpets, curtains, chaise lounges, smart TVs and furnishings are part of the fresh look, which was two-and-a-half years in the making.

A neighbouring mural makes a great backdrop.

“Our occupancy rates have hit the mid to high 80s and it was sitting about 80 per cent,” Mr Dennis said.

“I think it is in part a reflection of our rooms. Before the refurbishment they were 18 years old and they have been completely gutted.

“My team also have a big contribution because it has to be a total experience.”

All the bathrooms have been updated.

Only one of hotel’s five accommodation floors was updated at a time to minimise the disruption to guests.

Mr Dennis said the waterfront location and central Geelong’s street art influenced the choice of colour and furnishings.

The renovation followed Rydges’ arrival in the city with the sale and rebranding of the Mercure hotel.

The old furnishings were donated to Geelong charities.

Holiday Inn has also signed an agreement to open and operate a new 190-bed hotel at 44 Ryrie St, Geelong.

Mr Dennis said welcomed new players to help meet the shortage of hotel rooms in the city.

“I advocate absolutely for building other hotels in Geelong, whenever we have a major event we can’t fit everyone,” he said.

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