Radisson Collection to debut in Australia with historic Imperial Hotel

A hotel in the Blue Mountains has been picked to become the first Radisson Collection property in Australasia.

Built in 1878, the Imperial Hotel will undergo extensive renovations including the construction of new chalets in its 1.85-acre grounds.

A signature restaurant, lounge, bar, gastro-pub, fitness centre, ballroom and outdoor terrace will also feature in the redevelopment. When it reopens it will feature 60 rooms in total.

“The regional launch of the Radisson Collection, our newest brand, represents an important milestone in our Asia Pacific expansion strategy,” said Katerina Giannouka, Radisson Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific president.

“Blending history with contemporary style and intuitive hospitality, this storied hotel is destined to become a genuine local landmark, whilst also complementing our existing hotels in Australia.

“We look forward to creating a vibrant epicentre for visitors and the local community in the Blue Mountains. This will write a new chapter in the tale of this Australian icon.”

Sylvia Zhao, general manager at One Pro Investments, said they were excited to bring a new brand to the Australian market.

“Our partnership stems from a shared vision and the Group’s proven expertise and management capabilities,” she said. “We are confident that the Radisson Collection brand will enable us to create an alluring destination and enlivening guest experiences.”

The Radisson Collection brand includes unique member hotels “united by certain qualities, including uncommon locations, distinctive design, deep connections with their destinations and a curated selection of local insider activities”.

The hotel is slated to open in 2023.