First ho­tel set for 2017 fin­ish

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

JAMES Street, North­bridge was the last site signed by Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton but will be the first built in Perth.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lux­ury ho­tel brand, de­vel­op­ment com­pany SKS Group and Tourism Min­is­ter Kim Hames broke ground at 100 James Street this month.

Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton and the SKS Group have al­ready part­nered for ho­tel sites at the new Perth wa­ter­front and Fre­man­tle but the 16-storey, 205-room North­bridge ho­tel will be com­pleted first, in 2017.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi said the City had iden­ti­fied a lack of short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in North­bridge so Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton would pro­vide much sought-af­ter, high­qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion for visi­tors look­ing to stay in the city.

“North­bridge is a fam­ily friendly precinct which is con­stantly im­prov­ing, and this new de­vel­op­ment by Hil­ton is tes­ta­ment to its evo­lu­tion and the po­ten­tial of the area,” Ms Scaf­fidi said.

Dr Hames said North­bridge had “changed enor­mously” in the past five years.

“This area will con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity with the de­vel­op­ment of restau­rants and apart­ments and the sink­ing of the rail­way line that will cre­ate bet­ter ac­cess to the city,” he said.

He said the 600-plus rooms at the North­bridge and Perth Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton would help the State Gov­ern­ment reach its tar­get of 1900 rooms by 2020.

Top: Hil­ton World­wide Aus­trala­sia’s Paul Hut­ton, SKS Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Windi Sim and Tourism Min­is­ter Kim Hames. Above: An im­pres­sion of the ho­tel’s front bar.

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