Hastings street in Noosa has for many years enjoyed a reputation for luxury accommodation but more recently some of the hotels have been the subject of complaints by guests.
The accommodation houses have remained largely unchanged in the last 20 years and it’s starting to show.
Added to this is the fact that the local streetscape has recently had a $10 million facelift, and the pressure is now on for these hotels to be upgraded to maintain the areas luxury status.
Seahaven Resort on the beach will be demolished and replaced with six star apartments with a price tag of around $16 million each. The peach-and-blue Sheraton Noosa, an icon in the area, has plans awaiting approval for a $15 million makeover of it’s 1980s art deco building.
Fairshore Apartments is to be renovated over the next six months and will have a new wet-edged pool installed.
The Sheraton Noosa has received it’s fair share of criticism lately too, with customers saying the furniture is outdated and its bathrooms smell of mould. While the hotels foyer was renovated in 2008 costing about $1 million, along with seven rooms refurbished, the remaining rooms sport brown carpet and the hallways are lined with an aqua coloured carpet complete with fish and coral from the 1980s.
Reading some of the online reviews by guests reveals they considered that the hotel was five-star accommodation “about 20 years ago”. Another review describes the rooms as “showing their age”.
Stephen Ferrigno, General Manager Noosa Sheraton, admits the hotel which opened in 1989 needed a facelift. A plan for the upgrade last year was halted by the Global Financial Crisis. He said that with any luck the hotels owner Valad, would approve all of the planned $15 million project which would mean the modernising of 170 rooms, the restaurant, the pool, Bar, Spa, Gymnasium and public areas.
The Sheraton wanted to remain Noosa’s best five-star hotel in line with the quality of its staff. He said, “What everyone wants to know is,will the colour change? You’ll have to wait and see.”
Member of the Noosa Heads council, Russell Green thinks it is time for the Hastngs street hotels to undergo a “process of renewal”.
But Martin Bushell, President of the Noosa Chamber of Commerce, said Noosa didn’t want anything too flashy like the Palazzo Vesarce on the Gold Coast.
“I’m sure people come to Hastings street to have an experience differentfrom Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Noosa is laid-back and relaxed.
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