Hilton could “kill” rival Albany hotel

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser
Albany Middleton Beach artists impressions of the activity centre development including the hotel and the hotel/cafe interacting with the beachfront
Camera IconAlbany Middleton Beach artists impressions of the activity centre development including the hotel and the hotel/cafe interacting with the beachfront Credit: supplied by LandCorp

The man behind Albany’s next hotel says he believes his project could “kill” rival development plans in Middleton Beach.

Paul Lionetti said if his 108-room, five-storey hotel opposite the Albany Entertainment Centre could maintain 80 per cent occupancy for 18 months after opening, it would “completely kill the Esplanade site”.

He suggested the State Government could “raffle” the land instead.

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt, however, said he was hopeful Mr Lionetti’s hotel would prove the viability of more hotel accommodation in Albany.

“The Middleton Beach hotel site is a prime beachfront property,” he said.

“The two hotel sites offer differing opportunities and experiences, together broadening the appeal of Albany and bolstering its reputation as a premium destination for visitors.

“It is simply not the case that we can have one but not the other.”

The Middleton Beach hotel, artist’s impression pictured, could be 12 storeys and contain up to 120 rooms.

In 2018, the State Government said it had received interest from big-name brands in operating a hotel at Middleton Beach, but it has so far failed to find a suitable developer.

With accommodation in Albany selling out for Racewars and the Albany Classic: Around the Houses, Albany MP Peter Watson said he hoped there was enough demand for two hotels.

“When we have any big sporting events . . . accommodation goes really quick,” he said.

“I think (Mr Lionetti’s hotel) will really take off and hopefully it encourages someone to come down at Middleton Beach.”

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