STRONG INTEREST: The Best Western Hotel Plus Oceanside Kawana Hotel was officially unveiled last night.
STRONG INTEREST: The Best Western Hotel Plus Oceanside Kawana Hotel was officially unveiled last night. Warren Lynam

Newest hotel for business and pleasure opens with a bang

WHAT is being promoted as the Sunshine Coast's first new corporate hotel in 20 years opened with a fanfare of fireworks last night.

The Best Western Hotel Plus Oceanside Kawana Hotel offers 81 rooms and has already proved a hit with holiday-makers looking for an overnight stay on the Coast - despite the hotel having so far done little marketing - during its three-week "soft" opening.

"We're very surprised and pleased at the leisure market on the weekend, we've had 70% to 80% occupancy on a Saturday night," developer Bruce McDiarmid said.

"We're online with the Best Western booking system, but mostly people are just finding us."

Mr McDiarmid said the hotel was positioned to help people visiting the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and people using sporting facilities such as Stockland Stadium.

Last night's official opening also included the international unveiling of the Best Western chain's new sign.

Kerry Ricketts, Linda Brandon and Scott Lisle at the opening.
Kerry Ricketts, Linda Brandon and Scott Lisle at the opening.

Mr McDiarmid said the new sign was approved only a few days ago.

"We knew it was coming and took a bit of a punt that it would get final approval, so got the sign manufactured," he said.

The hotel has 24-hour reception, a business centre, free parking and dry cleaning services, and a restaurant and bar, named Wildflower, and two conference rooms.

The individual rooms have big-screen TVs, USB charging ports and free wi-fi while executive rooms also have coffee machines and bathrobes.

One element about the hotel already proving popular is the lack of a minimum stay.

Hotel part-owners Stephen Atkinson and Bruce McDiarmid.
Hotel part-owners Stephen Atkinson and Bruce McDiarmid.

Mr McDiarmid said many accommodation facilities in the area had a two-night minimum stay while people staying at the new Kawana hotel could stay for a single night - something that was appealing to overnighters coming to the Coast for the weekend.

In keeping with the facility's proximity to the hospital, Mr McDiarmid said the hotel was also planning to offer subsidised accommodation through Ronald McDonald House for parents with sick children.

"We're having discussions with Ronald McDonald House to provide rooms to people at a very reduced and subsidised rate to assist them when they have children going into the hospital and need to stay in the area," he said.



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