Boutique Motel Caloundra to reopen with new look and net-zero ambitions


Boutique property Motel Caloundra will re-open on September 29 after a complete reimagining of the property across its nine rooms.

The rooms and bathrooms were stripped back to concrete and redesigned, with new double-glazed windows and deluxe interiors including king beds with organic cotton sheets and smart TVs with Netflix installed. Superior king rooms also have a private outdoor balcony and dedicated car parking space.

As part of the redevelopment a family room and apartment were added. Both offer two bedrooms, living areas, private balconies and car spaces, and the apartment also includes a fully equipped kitchen.

A feature of the motel’s transformation is the installation of a rooftop bank of 47 solar panels, allowing the hotel to operate for most of the time without need for external energy sources.

“There’s no doubt that we are right in the heart of Caloundra’s future development plans, which are very exciting,” said Andrew Pink, who with his wife Lucy and Maeva Hospitality’s Scott Armstrong were behind the development.

“To be just a short walk from Caloundra’s beaches and across the road from The Events Centre and the future regional gallery makes it even more important for visitors to have access to high-quality accommodation, we will also work closely with The Events Centre to facilitate their requirements for VIP accommodation for performers and delegates.

“Scott and I have gone out of our way to make the hotel a model of sustainability, given the Sunshine Coast’s commitment to sustainability and its UNESCO biosphere status.”

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel praised the revamped motel for its investment in state-of-the-art energy sustainability technology.

“Caloundra is fortunate to have some of the Sunshine Coast’s most attractive beaches as well as having the Glass House Mountains nearby, and this commitment to sustainability highlights our tourism operators’ support for our natural environment,” said Stoeckel.

“Caloundra plays a vital role in our tourism economy, not just as an enviable holiday playground, but also as a premium destination for major events, conferences, art and culture, and sport, and the re-launch of Motel Caloundra will contribute significantly to the town’s future tourism development.”