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Regent Hotel sets bar high at old technical college site

Its all hands to the pump to put the finishing touches on the Regent Hotel. Pictured is co-owner Tony Sergiacomi wiping down a table top as rooms are prepared ready for occupation. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Its all hands to the pump to put the finishing touches on the Regent Hotel. Pictured is co-owner Tony Sergiacomi wiping down a table top as rooms are prepared ready for occupation. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THE beds have been made, the pool topped up and the sign put pride of place.

It's almost time for Steve Clomean and Tony Sergiacomi to open the doors of Rockhampton's Regent Hotel.

The pair has been busy transforming the tired old TAFE buildings on Bolsover St in the city's CBD into a stylish 49-room hotel complex.

But Tony said it was time to tidy up and get ready to welcome their first guests.

The final few inspections were expected to take place yesterday.

Despite the heritage listing of the original Technical College building, Tony said they didn't have any major problems during the year-long project.

Tony said they hoped the heritage features in the large, light-filled rooms would appeal to guests.

"Some people don't like the heritage, but some people do," he said.

But the pair has catered for both tastes, with more contemporary styling in the newer of the two TAFE buildings.

As well accommodation with a touch of luxury, The Regent Hotel hosts a function room, cafe, restaurant and cocktail lounge with alfresco dining open to the public.

During the project, Tony said he and Steve had played to their strengths.

While Tony worked on much of the pre-construction approval process, Steve handled most of the construction.

And the styling of each room was down to Tony's wife.

Steve, on Monday, said they were 'very close' to opening.

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