Date: June 2018
Location: Situated on the Tamar River and in close proximity to Cataract Gorge, Launceston, with views facing out to the snow-capped Mount Barrow during winter, Tasmania, Australia.
Name: Peppers Silo
No of Keys: 108 guest rooms, including 52 inside the barrels of the former silos, a restaurant and bar called Grain of the Silos, undercover car parking, conference facilities for up to 500 people, including Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman.
Buyer: Launceston’s new Peppers Silo Hotel has opened its doors to the public with an official celebration, of more than 1000 guests and dignitaries gathering to commemorate the landmark hotel opening on Friday, June 1, 2018.
Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to breathe new life into the structure, transforming the silo barrels into a state-of-the-art contemporary new 10 storey hotel.
The once unused silo barrels have transformed into a AUD$25-million luxury-by-design redevelopment which includes one and two bedroom apartments.
For all day in-room dining options, Grain of the Silos, is the property’s onsite restaurant and bar, which is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a range of decadent meal options, focused truly on local Tasmanian produce and supporting local farmers and producers.
There are two driving forces heading up the kitchen, with Head Chef Peter Twitchett, and Food Director and TV personality Massimo Mele, who will oversee the menu in an advisory role. Both Peter and Massimo recently completed a food tour, meeting all of the local Producers they will be working with to source only the best ingredients for the venue. Tasmanian Wine Educator Curly Haslam-Coates has carefully curated the wine list, which features award-winning wines from regions across Tasmania and afar.
Mantra Group’s Executive Director of Operations, Mark Hodge, said the Group was proud to have officially opened Peppers Silo Hotel.
“This impressive property and restaurant will inject $10-million into the local Tasmanian economy each year and has created 50 full time jobs at the hotel.
“Tasmanian tourism is currently experiencing record growth, and with this strong performance set to continue, the opening of Peppers Silo is the perfect addition to our existing portfolio in Launceston,” Hodge said.
Peppers Silo Hotel is the first hotel development to open in Launceston since Mantra Charles Hotel was developed in 2010.
Owner and Developer Errol Stewart, MD of JMC (Jackson Motor Co.) a significant car dealership, established in 1926, said Launceston was in need of new tourism projects and has a shortage of hotel rooms in summer. JMC developed into Property in early 2000s and opened the Peppers Seaport Hotel in 2004 and the York Cove hotel precinct in 2008
THPT Comment: Glad to see it’s “Business as Usual” for Mantra under the ownership of Accor, which has now gone through…and a welcome addition to Tasmania’s hotel offering.
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