THE $30 million Novotel Hotel, next door to the tax office, will be Albury’s first international-branded hotel since Rydges was built in the national growth centre era of the early 1970s.
A 200-strong workforce has started construction on the 4.5-star hotel in Smollett Street with more than 30 permanent jobs to be created when it opens next year.
It will feature 120 rooms on seven floors and include two restaurants, four banquet and events areas, a gym and corporate lounge.
The hotel will be managed by the Accor Group.
Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said the group was delighted to introduce its international Novotel brand to Albury.
“The arrival of Novotel into Albury signals a growing confidence in the domestic market and will strengthen the city’s ability to host large conferences and events,” he said.
“We believe the exceptional design and location of the Novotel Albury will appeal to both the corporate and leisure travel markets and we’re looking forward to welcoming our first guests in 2015.”
Rydges was first opened as the Albury Travelodge in 1971 by Gough Whitlam when he was the Labor opposition leader before becoming prime minister the following year.
Albury Mayor Kevin Mack said construction of the hotel was another milestone for the Volt Lane development.
“Attracting development and investment in Albury is a major focus for council,” he said.
“This new hotel is further proof that our work is delivering results.
“This is going to be a key driver of employment and economic development in the city and will be welcomed by residents and visitors.”
Novotel boasts 28 hotels across Australia and Albury will join an established global network of nearly 400 hotels and resorts in 60 countries.
The hotel will straddle the Smollett Street ramp to the public car park.