Doors Open at Crystalbrook Kingsley, Newcastle’s First Five-Star Hotel

Written by Jack Bailey

Newcastle’s hotly anticipated Crystalbrook Kingsley opened its doors this week, Wednesday, 9 June, bringing a new level of sustainable luxury to Australia’s seventh largest city. Façon were lucky enough to be invited along for a sneak-peak of the new five-star hotel and we can report back that is marvellous!

Situated in the heart of Newcastle, opposite Civic Park, Crystalbrook Kingsley have transformed the city’s former Council Administration Centre, locally known as the Roundhouse, into an elegant and sophisticated 130 room five-star hotel.

Moments away from the City Hall, Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery and War Memorial; Crystalbrook Kingsley is culturally connected, celebrating Newcastle’s yesteryear as well as its burgeoning future.

The multimillion-dollar redevelopment preserves the original façade of the Roundhouse building and adds a plush interior inspired by Newcastle’s coal mining past, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and ground level café.

Destinations in themselves, the rooftop bar and restaurant, named Romberg’s and Roundhouse respectively, in tribute to the building’s architectural history, boast breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.

Full-grown olive trees at Roundhouse restaurant create a natural canopy of stippled shade over tables throughout the day affording guests the experience of dining in a curated orchard. Also noteworthy; 80% of produce served is grown within a three-hour radius of the hotel!

All rooms and suites come equipped with technology sweeteners including tablet control centres, STAYCAST by Google for video streaming, and access to hundreds of recent release complimentary movies. You will also spot Façon Magazine on their recommended reading list!

“Crystalbrook Kingsley is truly a transformative moment for the city of Newcastle. The opening coincides with an explosion of interest in the Hunter Region just two-hours north of Sydney” says Crystalbrook Kingsley General Manager, Carl Taranto.

“We look forward to showing visitors to Crystalbrook Kingsley – in the design and personality of the hotel, as well as the restaurant, bar and café offering – what Newcastle is all about: vibrant energy and nostalgia in one moment.”

Come and experience responsible luxury at its finest.

Crystalbrook Kingsley opened Wednesday, 9 June 2021. For bookings and more on the property visit

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