Powerhouse Tamworth by Rydges completes its multi-million dollar redevelopment, unveiling a luxurious oasis and dining destination

Monday 26 October, 2020

Powerhouse Tamworth by Rydges has completed its multi-million dollar redevelopment – three years in the making. The refurbishment was designed and implemented by Australian award-winning design team, Paul Kelly Design, for renowned regional hotelier, Greg Maguire.

The completion of the Tamworth redevelopment also marks the launch of 20 brand-new luxe serviced apartments, a mix of one and two bedroom options and a three bedroom villa, perfect for longer stays and families or groups travelling together. The apartments complement the property’s 61 newly refurbished rooms and suites, all with high-speed free wi-fi, 60 inch 4K smart TVs on an acoustic wave wall, wireless mobile chargers, multiple USB ports and catering for every modern traveller’s needs.

Paul Kelly Design is one of the country’s top design firms specialising in the hospitality industry, having designed over 600 bars and restaurants, and winning several national awards and international listings for its projects. Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth was the firm’s first hotel project, bringing a new level of excitement in curating beautiful, bespoke spaces for guests to retreat as a ‘home away from home’.

Paul drew on inspiration from around the world, particularly recent travels to Tokyo where he was inspired to introduce high-tech, yet subtle lighting touches in each of the guest rooms, bar and dining spaces. Further features to the fit-out of each room include bespoke leather bedheads, marble bedside tables and bathrooms. All the timber detail of each room were beautifully hewn from local craftsmen, and carpets and tiles were designed specifically for the project.

Powerhouse Tamworth by Rydges is part of the Powerhouse Hotels Group, an Australian-owned and operated family business who have been operating in regional NSW for the past 40 years with their two hotels in both Tamworth and Armidale. Over this time they have developed a solid reputation for exceptional service, quality restaurants, bars and upmarket facilities.

Greg Maguire, owner of Powerhouse Hotels Group said, “The brief was to create a contemporary hotel where our guests could sit in their hotel rooms, surrounded by a timeless design that could be found in London, San Francisco or Cape Town – anywhere around the world. We’ve taken the beauty and history of our New England region, the nostalgia of the roadside motel and elevated it to a new level. When guests visit us, they will find a level of sophistication throughout that offers a true escape, and a sense of comfort and luxury more commonly associated with urban hotels around the globe.”

“This project is an investment in the future of Tamworth. It has been a substantial project, but it could not have been finalised at a more opportune time. I am proud to have been able to up the ante of our own hotel accommodation experience, providing a luxury stop in country NSW for guests, particularly at a time when the appetite for regional travel is strong as Australians are wanting to explore more of their broader backyard. We are looking to lure more visitors to Tamworth, to show them how incredible the region is and what country hospitality is all about.”

On the refurbishment and working with Paul Kelly Design, Greg Maguire continued, “Paul is fervent, fearless and passionate about his design projects, and we knew we could trust the process with him at the helm. His attention to detail in the fit-out has been second to none, using Australian and local materials and workmanship wherever was possible. He also has a keen eye for achieving the balance of visual aesthetic and operational design, and his hospitality experience has been paramount to the success of this project,” Mr Maguire said.

Paul Kelly said, “We knew that Powerhouse Tamworth had an incredible reputation, though it was time to amplify its aesthetic and take the concept of a regional hotel to a whole new level. The hotel’s location on the original electrical powerhouse site for Tamworth was a huge inspiration – so the design of the hotel and its spaces is inspired by this; a celebration of Tamworth’s history as the first Australian city of light, and a sophisticated new look to cement the direction of where Tamworth is going as an impressive business and tourism hub in country NSW.”

Along with its accommodation, Powerhouse Tamworth by Rydges incorporates the iconic regional dining establishment, The Workshop Kitchen, renowned for its wood-fired grill and stand-out local steaks, two-glass rated wine list as per the Australian 2019 Wine List of the Year Awards and an 800 wine bottle entrance wall, elaborate open kitchen and subtle classic design detailing with leather banquette joinery, marble and bespoke cabinetry. The restaurant sits alongside the classy-cool Coal Bunker Bar with brass and timber elements and deep aqua hued velvet soft furnishings. It’s a chic, intimate setting to enjoy an aperitif, evening martini or nightcap until late. The bar showcases an array of top shelf spirits, an entire whiskey cabinet from around the globe, alongside a hand-picked selection of local craft brews.

Facilities include 24-hour reception and room service, six contemporary venue spaces for corporate and social events as well as a gym, outdoor pool, spa, BBQ area, sauna and guest laundry. The hotel also offers two Tesla Destination Charging stations and limousine transfer services.


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