Thursday, 11 February 2021

Putting on the Ritz: hotel reopens after 40 years

The Ritz Hotel Geelong, a heritage-listed landmark building in the heart of the city, has sat neglected for nearly 40 years. 


Now, after an extensive makeover, it will re-open its doors to the public on March 1.

Formerly known as the Belle-Vue Hotel, the Bay View Hotel, the Ozone Hotel and The Ritz Flats, the original building was constructed in around 1854. 

The Ritz will launch with 128 rooms and apartments over nine floors. Many rooms will have views over Geelong's north-facing waterfront and city skyline. 

It’s fair to say the modern facade will not please everyone  

Just five minutes' walk to Eastern Beach, Ritz Hotel Geelong aims to offers visitors a 4.5-star full-service hotel experience with hotel rooms, one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments, pet-friendly apartments and a 24-hour reception desk.

All guest rooms are air-conditioned and have LCD TV, free high-speed wifi, free cable channels, refrigerator, espresso machine, tea and coffee making facilities, room safes, and laundry facilities.

The apartments have a full kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher and cooking facilities.

The building has been designed for energy efficiency, with solar panel roofing, 7-star energy ratings in the guest rooms, plus argon gas-filled windows for heat and sound proofing.  

The hotel provides guests with seven levels of secure undercover car parking including a dedicated bike parking area, plus two solar powered electric-vehicle charge stations.  

The on-site Ritz Cafe, overlooking Austin Park towards the bay, will serve breakfasts. 

The property is located within an easy walk to Westfield Shopping Centre, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Geelong's waterfront restaurants and cafes, hospitals, universities and cultural attractions, local golf course, and with easy access to the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast.  

It has in the past been used as a coffee shop and a boarding house. 

As much as possible, interior fittings and furnishings have been sourced from local Geelong, and Australian makers. Local companies worked on room interiors, beds are made in Victoria, tables made in Geelong and artwork from Melbourne.

For bookings see www.ritzhotelgeelong.com.au   

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