Crystalbrook debuts in Queensland’s capital

Sustainability-driven collection retains pact with Melbourne artist, Vincent Fantauzzo

Crystalbrook Collection has unveiled its newest asset and first property in Brisbane; Crystalbrook Vincent. Located beneath the Story Bridge at the Howard Smith Wharves, Crystalbrook Vincent is the Australian hotelier’s seventh property to open in three years, and follows hot on the heels of Crystalbrook Kingsley’s debut in Newcastle last month.

Initially launched in March 2019 as The Fantauzzo and operated under Accor’s Art Series Collection, the 166 room and suite was named in recognition of Australian artist, Vincent Fantauzzo. Now under Crystalbrook Collection’s management, the hotel is retaining that partnership with the Melbourne-based artist, featuring more than 500 pieces of the acclaimed painter’s artworks throughout the six-storey property.

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Crystalbrook Collection Owner, Ghassan Aboud said: “Hospitality has always been an area of business I’ve wanted to invest in. 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.”

Speaking on the opening of Crystalbrook Vincent, CEO Geoff York said: “Our initial focus is to elevate the hotel’s focus on sustainability. We’re introducing a single-use plastic-free environment and 100% waste-free bathrooms where everything is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.”

“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,” he said.

Fantauzzo said he was “thrilled” to be taking his partnership with Crystalbrook to a “new level”.

“I love what Crystalbrook Collection is doing with sustainability; this is something very important to me personally – it opens the door for exciting new collaborations which I hope will enhance guest’s experience and inspire creativity. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Jeremy Nordkamp will lead Crystalbrook Vincent as General Manager, bringing with him extensive experience in the field, most recently at Crystalbrook Riley in Cairns and as the opening GM of Brisbane’s Calile Hotel.


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