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Celebrated design hotel to change hands

Jan 17, 2018
  • Article by Online Editor

After several years of first creating and then operating Hotel Hotel and hatted Monster kitchen and bar, artisan-focused property developer and creative production house Molonglo Group has sold the hotel and Monster businesses to Ovolo Hotels.

The private sale between Molonglo Group and Ovolo Hotels includes the businesses, operations and the staff that work and care for the hotel and restaurant. The negotiation was facilitated by National Director of CBRE Hotels, Wayne Bunz. As owners of the NewActon Precinct and the Nishi building (home to Hotel Hotel), Molonglo Group will continue to activate the precinct through its cultural program.

All current employees at the hotel and restaurant will be retained. The change will increase opportunities for staff to travel and work on a broader range of Ovolo Hotels’ projects nationally and internationally.

According to Molonglo Group director Nectar Efkarpidis, the organisation is proud of what it achieved with the Hotel Hotel project.

“We wanted to do something special in both Canberra and Australia, I think we’ve achieved that. Hotel Hotel was the physical manifestation of ideas that we had been exploring for several years. About architecture, design, objects and furniture; and how they can help us to evolve and expand Canberra’s civic sense of itself with others.

“We are proud of Hotel Hotel. The goodwill that we have received through this project from collaborators and staff that we have worked with over the last few years has been enormous. Through it, we have made lifelong friends,” added Efkarpidis.

“This move will allow us to focus on new projects ahead both in Canberra and beyond. Hotel Hotel will continue without its physical embodiment in the form of our creative projects, through film and publishing, exploring ideas around the purpose of place and how we fit into it.”

In a press release, Ovolo Hotels stated the purchase of Hotel Hotel reflected its continued aspiration to explore the hotel landscape and its interest in taking on additional management arrangements with other boutique hotels in the near future.

“Ovolo Hotels has been well received in Australia and we are proud to bring our signature concept to the Australian capital. We believe this venture is the perfect alignment and are delighted to be associated with this property,” said Girish Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Ovolo Hotels.

“This marks an exciting time for Ovolo and we look forward to entering the Canberra market with this incredible asset,” said Dave Baswal, COO of Ovolo Hotels.

The property development and creative production house, Molonglo Group, will be working on a number of architecture, design, cultural and experimental projects in 2018; across Australia and internationally.

Hotel Hotel was created by Molonglo Group, an artisan-focused property developer and creative production house, in collaboration with Australian and international designers, artists, artisans and fantasists.

Over several years, Molonglo Group conceived of and created Hotel Hotel. Molonglo Group co-designed its architecture, interior spaces and custom design pieces; and co-authored and curated the artworks, objects and furnishings there. Since 2013, Molonglo Group has operated Hotel Hotel, running it alongside its cultural and artistic program of events.

Without its physical embodiment, Hotel Hotel will continue to exist in the form of creative projects, through film and publishing, exploring the ideas surrounding the purpose of place and how we fit into it.

Photo: John Gollings

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