A new hotel is heading to Geelong’s CBD to keep up with the city’s growing tourism demand

A new hotel is heading to Geelong’s CBD to keep up with the city’s growing tourism demand

An artist's impression of the hotel.

The 87-apartment hotel will be the newest addition to Geelong’s skyline.

We might be biased but with a thriving cafe scene focused on local produce and top-notch coffee, some awesome craft breweries, buzzing art and cultural scene, welcoming communities and some of the most beautiful nature scenes on our doorstep, Geelong’s become a bit of a mini-Metropolis itself.

We mustn’t be the only ones who think so either, as Melbourne-born apartment hotel Quest and development partner Pellicano have just broken ground on a new $70-million mixed-use development encompassing an 87-apartment hotel at 71-77 Gheringhap Street Geelong.

The key takeaways

  • A new 87-apartment hotel is heading to Geelong
  • The $70-million mixed-use development intends to help keep up to growing tourism
  • Consruction is expected to be completed in Q1 2023

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Set to be known as Quest Geelong Central, it was revealed that the site on Gheringhap Street was chosen to capture the growing extended-stay corporate travel market within Geelong.

“The Geelong economy is undergoing a structural transition from a manufacturing dominated economy to one driven by tourism and related services,” said James Shields, General Manager of Growth & Capital Strategy at Quest.

“We’re forecasting strong growth over the medium to long term given Geelong’s close proximity to Melbourne, growing events schedule and the ongoing gentrification of old industrial spaces.”

Located an easy hour’s drive from Melbourne, Geelong and its neighbouring peninsula – The Bellarine – are ideal destinations for a day trip, weekend getaway or extended summer holiday, giving perfect reason for another hotel to grace the region.

According to REMPLAN, Geelong’s population is forecast to grow by 100,000 over the next 15 years.

Last year Geelong was named one of the best-performing Australian cities for growth according to Polis Partners’ The City Report, referring to Geelong as a ‘Goldilocks’ city – a city with just the right balance of big-city job opportunities, industry diversity and amenity without the prices, crowds and traffic jams.

“With the terminal for the Spirit of Tasmania opening in late 2022 and Geelong Fast Rail set to commence in 2023, Quest has invested to capture the significant local leisure and corporate travel market,” added James.

Designed by Peddle Thorp and RPC Architects, construction by Ireland Brown on Quest Geelong Central is expected to be completed in Q1 2023.

Visit Quest online here.