Crystalbrook Collection has unveiled ‘Vincent’ as the operating name for the newest hotel to join its growing family in Brisbane, following the property’s acquisition by company owner Ghassan Aboud last year.
While the hotel was formerly known as The Fantauzzo and operated by Accor under its Art Series brand, the newest addition to the Crystalbrook family takes the namesake artist’s first name – Vincent Fantauzzo – as opposed to his surname. The property features 180 different artworks and more than 500 prints bearing the insignia of its namesake artist.
Further, the new Crystalbrook Vincent sees a bright and whimsical colour scheme and décor applied to the 166-room hotel at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves overlooking the Brisbane River. Built into the rock underneath Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Vincent features the Fuime rooftop bar with swimming pool, Polpetta restaurant and a 24-hour fitness centre.
The new hotel will be led as General Manager by experienced hotelier, Jeremy Nordkamp, who returns to Brisbane where he previously oversaw the opening of The Calile, managed by TFE Hotels. In between, Nordkamp has been based in Cairns working as the General Manager of Riley, one of Crystalbrook’s three resorts in the North Queensland city.
Crystalbrook owner Ghassan Aboud said Vincent is brave, bold and vibrant, passionate about the environment and in touch with its artistic side.
“I’m very proud of what my team has achieved in the past three years to now lead Australia’s largest independent five-star portfolio,” he said.
Crystalbrook Collection CEO, Geoff York, said the hotel’s focus will be on elevating its focus on sustainability every day.
“We’re working to minimise our food carbon footprint by ensuring that at least 80% 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,” York said.
Crystalbrook Vincent is the seventh property to open under the Crystalbrook Collection in the past three years and the first in the Queensland capital. It joins a group comprised of three hotels in Cairns – Riley, Bailey and Flynn – along with The Byron at Byron, Little Albion in Sydney and Kingsley in Newcastle, the latter making its own debut only three weeks ago.
The company’s newest hotel will align with Crystalbrook’s company-wide sustainability crusade and will be free of single-use plastics, cash free and will reduce paper usage by 90%. Room RFID key cards will be made from recycled wood, with paper coat hangers and toothbrushes offered from sugar cane and cornstarch as part of a 100% waste-free bathroom model.
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