Crystalbrook Collection has opened its first Brisvegas property, unveiling Crystalbrook Vincent in the heart of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves.
Set beneath the iconic Story Bridge, the hotel, formerly known as The Fantauzzo, is Crystalbrook Collection’s seventh property to open in three years with its acquisition placing the group as Australia’s largest independent five-star portfolio of hotels and resorts.
The hotel features 166 rooms, Fuime rooftop bar, Polpetta restaurant, a rooftop pool and a 24-hour fitness centre alongside views of Brisbane River and the iconic Story Bridge.
Vincent will retain the hotel’s partnership with namesake Vincent Fantauzzo and features 180 different artworks and over 500 prints by the acclaimed artist.
“I love what Crystalbrook Collection is doing with sustainability – this is something very important to me personally. It opens the door for exciting new collaborations, which I hope will enhance guest’s experience and inspire creativity. I’m looking forward to it,” Fantauzzo said.
The hotel will also be a single-use plastic-free environment with 100 per cent waste-free bathrooms, use recycled and upcycled materials throughout the hotel and a 90 per cent reduction in paper use.
“Our initial focus is to elevate the hotel’s focus on sustainability,” Crystalbrook CEO Geoff York said at the opening.
“We’re introducing a single-use plastic-free environment and 100 per cent waste-free bathrooms where everything is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
“We’re working to minimise our food carbon footprint by ensuring that at least 80 per cent of all produce served within the hotel is sourced within a three-hour radius, and we’re embracing technology to reduce the need for waste, such as paperless check-in and check out and in-room tablet control centres.”
Jeremy Nordkamp will lead Crystalbrook Vincent as general manager, bringing with him extensive experience in the field, most recently at Crystalbrook Riley in Cairns and as the opening general manager of Brisbane’s own Calile Hotel.
“Brisbane has taken giant leaps in the hospitality scene in recent years and I’m excited to be working with a fantastic group of professionals elevating this destination hotel to new heights,” he said.