Mantra Group to rebrand Australia’s Diamant Hotel Canberra as Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra

Australian accommodation brand Peppers is eyeing to open its first CBD property in Australia in the nation's capital, after it took over management of the Diamant Hotel Canberra. The property will rebrand this July as Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra.

Boutique hotel operator 8Hotels sold the Diamant Hotel Canberra and the on-site Bicicletta restaurant to Mantra Group, having overseen operations of the property since opening in 2008.

The new CBD addition is said to signify the evolution of the Peppers brand which started as a small group of boutique retreats 30 years ago, expanding to include larger coastal resorts over the last 10 years before its first foray into metropolitan style accommodation with the opening of Peppers Broadbeach in 2010. Most recently, the brand moved into Asia with the opening of Peppers Sentosa Seminyak in Indonesia. 

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The Canberra signing consolidates another CBD announcement made earlier this year that Peppers will manage the hotel component of the new-build mixed-use development in the Docklands Melbourne precinct to open in 2016.

The boutique hotel will rebrand as Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra this July and will offer 80 hotel rooms complete with Bang and Olufsen plasma TVs, iPod docking stations, plunger coffee makers, free broadband access, bathrooms with rain shower and marble vanity tops and original art works throughout.

The hotel will offer Bicicletta restaurant, offering Italian inspired cuisine, with a bar and lounge, fitness center and day spa among the other hotel facilities.

Located close to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the newly transformed New Action precinct, the hotel is housed in a historic, heritage listed building surrounded by landscaped gardens and specialist retailers with Canberra's main cultural, entertainment, sporting and commercial facilities nearby. Canberra's upgraded airport is also accessible.

The Australian National University, Australian National Museum, Botanical Gardens and Telstra viewing tower are all within five minutes' drive while the Australian National Zoo and Arboretum are within 15 minutes' drive.

Peppers is Mantra Group's deluxe hotel brand and includes a collection of over 30 boutique retreats, resorts and CBD hotels across Australia and New Zealand.

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The brand's French debut was held in Paris last month, followed by the second in Lyon.

The operator, developer and investor has secured a loan through an environmental, social and governance financing structure for eco-friendly hotels.

The three openings together total 342 rooms and consist of one new-build and two conversions.