Construction begins on Hotel Rottnest revamp

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on the redevelopment of Hotel Rottnest.

Hotel Rottnest will nearly double in size as part of the $24 million redevelopment, with an extra 80 rooms to be constructed.

Eighteen existing hotel rooms will be demolished to make way for the new development that will also include two pools, a reception pavilion, outdoor dining, function facilities (up to 250 persons), grassed area and utility areas.

Hotel Rottnest’s bar and restaurant will continue to trade during construction, with the new development set to be completed for the summer of 2020.

The development comes after more record visitor numbers were achieved in April and May 2019, with new figures showing that the Rottnest Island experience is still attractive in the cooler months.

With 135,000 visitors heading to the island in April and May 2019, the total visitation numbers for 2018-19 increases to a record-breaking 758,239 visitors with June 2019 figures still to come.

Despite the hotel’s luxury expansion, the WA Government is committed to building on the island’s appeal and sustainment into the future, recently injecting $16.2 million into key infrastructure.

The Rottnest Island Authority is currently enabling infrastructure works with designs for the Fuel Jetty underway, and plans for the Thomson Bay South Development (construction of a barge landing at the Army Jetty) and Main Jetty progressing.

Source: WA Government