Geelong hotel to reopen as serviced apartments after 40 years lying empty

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Australia: The former Belle-Vue Hotel in Geelong, originally built in 1854, has undergone a comprehensive renovation and will open to guests as The Ritz Hotel in March.

The Ritz Hotel, Geelong will offer 128 apartment-style rooms over nine floors, offering north-facing views over the waterfront and the city skyline. The property will offer studio-, one- and two-bedroom pet-friendly apartments and a 24-hour reception. The hotel is located five minutes’ walk to Eastern Beach, Westfield Shopping and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, with other restaurants and attractions also located nearby.

Guest facilities will include high-speed WiFi, espresso coffee machine and full internal laundry and kitchen facilities, including a dishwasher, microwave, oven and cooktop. Guests can also access a dedicated bicycle parking area along with two charging stations for electric vehicles. Apartment furnishings have been sourced from local suppliers, with beds and tables made in Victoria and artworks being sourced from Melbourne.

The heritage building has been refitted for energy efficiency and features 80 solar panels on the roof, leading to a seven-star energy rating. Windows have been filled with argon gas to ensure heat and sound proofing.

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