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TFE brings 1920s glamour to Brisbane as new Adina opens its doors

Get ready, Brisbane because TFE Hotels just opened a very swanky new Adina Apartment Hotel in your city centre!

Designed to transport guests back to the early 20th century with some pretty luxe finishings, the hotel is housed in a restored Heritage-listed building that was completed in 1922 to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank.

The hotel now offers 220 luxurious rooms and suites after adding an extra five levels to the historic building.

The hotel lobby is nestled in the former banking hall, complete with a new restaurant and bar all celebrating the buildings 1920’s origins with slick double-panelled walls and ornate ceiling roses.

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The hotel is also close to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Southbank, ideal for event and delegate stays.

“The hotel creates a real point of difference for the Brisbane market, with its magnificent sense of history, and its wonderful setting, just a few steps from the waterfront and close to the heart of the city,” TFE Hotels Chairman Allan Vidor said.

“This will be a flagship for the Adina brand, which has developed since its beginnings in Sydney in 1982, into a collection of apartment hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.”

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Each apartment combines its own kitchen, laundry and living room with the ease of full hotel services including 24-hour reception.

Donna Chang brings together a stellar line-up of industry leaders, spearheaded by Executive Chef Jake Nicolson (formerly of The Lakehouse in Victoria, Spain’s El Bulli and The Ledbury in London), Head Chef Jason Margaritis (formerly Spice Temple, Melbourne) and 2014 Good Food Guide Sommelier of the Year, Penny Grant.

Below the restaurant, a 250-seat bar called Boom Boom Room will fuse avant-garde design with an inspired cocktail list to form an opulent basement-level lounge. The bar will be housed in the space where the bank’s vaults once were, providing a visually dramatic setting.

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TOGA Group orchestrated a careful and sensitive renovation of the original building with Tanner Kibble Denton Architects. The eight-storey Queensland Government Savings Bank was built from 1913 to 1922, with construction hampered by material shortages throughout World War I.

Project Architect and Senior Associate at Tanner Kibble Denton Architects, Angelo Casado, said the team initially expected to add three levels over the existing 10 level building but had managed to win approval for five after careful analysis of the building structure and design.

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“The project required planners and architects to strategically navigate the governing development and Heritage approval pathways, to ensure both the site potential and building fabric was maximised and respected,” he said.

“The result is a high standard, quality construction, modern architectural design that is elegantly informed by its heritage base and appropriate for the premium Adina brand.”

Rooms are available at 25% off introductory rate, starting from $135.

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