Eumundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has welcomed the launch of the region’s newest boutique hotel, HOLA, an abbreviation for “House of Local Art”.
The eclectic new boutique hotel has turned every room into a mini art gallery, featuring a wide range of the region’s talented artists.
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The 15 individually curated rooms and public areas feature 45 original artworks on the walls, over 100 ceramic pieces and 12 sculptures.
HOLA’s Nicky Thomas said the hotel had been created with love and respect for local artists.
“HOLA has been a heart project,” said Thomas. “We set out to curate a space that would celebrate the truly incredible creative talent in our community – the local artists and craftspeople, the makers and designers.
“We want guests to discover the work of local painters, sculptors, ceramicists and furniture makers, and have worked with the interior design team at CLO Studios to bring it all together.
“So, each room has its own collection of local art – canvases on the walls, handmade basins in the bathrooms, ceramics on the benches, even quirky hand-made ‘do not disturb’ signs, alongside sculptures in the gardens and around the hotel”.
“The pieces on display range from immense artworks like the 30m x 3m walkway canopy installation or 100 individual ceramic birds that form the ‘Welcome Swallow Spirit Tree’ positioned in a giant silky oak, right down to the hand-thrown essential oil diffusers,” said Thomas explained.
HOLA is split over two levels with two buildings set on either side of a tropical courtyard and pavilion.
The rooms are contemporary chic with a Eumundi laid-back spirit, featuring authentic timber furniture, natural linen soft furnishings, bamboo and cotton throws, and the all-important artworks.
Thomas said each HOLA room had been designed to connect with nature – either with a balcony overlooking the treetops or featuring custom-designed window planter boxes of tropical greenery.
There are various room options available, but for those wanting to really treat themselves, there’s the HOLA Suite – for luxurious relaxation.
The hotel is positioned in the heart of Eumundi, next door to the iconic Imperial Hotel, Eumundi Distillers and Eumundi Brewery and across from the world-famous Eumundi Markets.
“We’re so looking forward to welcoming guests to our hinterland escape from the every day – to give them a chance to soak up the relaxed creative vibe that is Eumundi,” said Thomas.