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Bendigo’s accommodation scene is set to elevate to a whole new level with the opening of the suave new Bendigo Ernest Hotel.
Previously known as the Fountain View Suites, the space has been transformed from a Victorian aesthetic to a boutique accommodation offering that combines historic grandeur with modern features.
The project is led by David Cook-Doulton and Martin Shew – the visionaries behind Ballarat’s soon-to-be luxury offering Hotel Vera.
Situated in the heart of the CBD, and a stone’s throw from the city’s coveted eateries and the renowned Bendigo Art Gallery, the accommodation space has been dubbed a ‘requisite destination for the discerning traveler’.
‘As soon as we saw the building up for sale, we knew it had the potential to become a grand hotel which stayed true to its incredible history while also showcasing the marvels of today.’ David says.
Housed in the oldest bank in Bendigo, the hotel retains some of the original features of the 1860s building, including its underground cellar and bank vault – which have been repurposed into an expanded hotel lounge.
Each of the 10 individualised suites will be adorned with alluring Australian art and swept with contemporary aesthetics, luxurious bedding, and designer furnishings.
According to Martin, the hotel is founded on the ethos that holiday-makers should be afforded ultimate comfort.
‘Our team has created a special accommodation offering that is luxurious, accessible and, most importantly, stylish,’ he says.
Our hope is to provide a tactile and memorable experience that lingers long after our guests’ departure.
The hotel’s central location makes it easy for guests to take a leisurely stroll down the city’s main street for a warming coffee and scrumptious brunch; dine at one of Bendigo’s award-winning eateries or; pack a picnic and bask in the summer sun at the adjoining Rosalind Park. There is also car parking available on-site, adding further convenience to one’s stay.
‘We have tried to create a space that can act as the perfect home base during one’s Bendigo getaway,’ Martin says.
‘As is the case with all our projects, we want our guests to be immersed in a calming space where they can relax and rejuvenate.’
WHAT: Bendigo Ernest Hotel
WHEN: January 2022
WHERE: 10–12 View St, Bendigo
FIND OUT MORE: hotelbendigo.com.au
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