Carl Taranto to lead Newcastle’s first 5-star hotel opening in 2021

Carl Taranto has been appointed general manager of Newcastle’s first five-star hotel, Kingsley.

Set to open in the first half of 2021, the hotel is part of the Crystalbrook Collection portfolio.

Taranto was previously GM at Bailey in Cairns. In his new role he will lead a team of over 100 to set a new standard for luxury accommodation in Newcastle.

Lisa Brown is the new GM at Bailey.

“Following the success of Riley and Bailey, I am proud to introduce Crystalbrook Collection to Newcastle with a hotel that celebrates both the history of the city and what is to come; a fun, exciting and energetic approach to hospitality with an element of surprise and delight,” he said.

Replacing Taranto at Bailey will be Lisa Brown, who was previously executive assistant manager for sister property Flynn.

“It is a challenging time for tourism in Cairns and we have utter confidence that Lisa will help reopen Bailey and re-establish the growing art program that sets the hotel apart” said Joel Gordon, area general manager Cairns.