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Monday, 19 January 2009

Multimillion dollar renovation complete at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns

Two year refurbishment project follows hotel rebrand

The renovation project follows the Reef Hotel Casino's rebranding from a Sofitel to a Pullman hotel in December 2008, providing the 13-year old property with a fresh new identity to kick start 2009.

The internal upgrade at the Reef Hotel Casino Complex - which houses the 128-room five star Pullman hotel, conference rooms, bars and restaurants – has been two years in the making.

The Wharf St entrance to the CBD entertainment complex was the final part of renovation to be unveiled this week, along with the renovated Flinders Bar and Restaurant in the gaming area. The casino's general manager Paul McHenry says the restaurant – which complements Pullman's award winning restaurant 'Tamarind' - is a lot more open and efficient and is aimed at making the casino complex more "dynamic, opulent and tranquil".

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino executive assistant manager Adam Rowbottom said the updated Wharf Street entrance provides a dramatic sense of arrival for guests. "The entrance is modern and more efficient, offering easier access for taxis, limousines and coaches. We had some 11,500 visitors come through on New Year's Eve, and frequently welcome large groups into the complex, so the entrance really is important."

Mr Rowbottom says the Abbott St entrance is also being upgraded, and will have a similar feel to the Wharf St entrance.

He added that as part of the Reef Hotel Casino refurbishment, the hotel's meeting and conference rooms and pool have been upgraded for guests, in addition to full external repainting of the complex.

With its contemporary style and décor and choice of bars and award wining restaurants, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns is the perfect holiday hotel situated in the heart of the city, overlooking tranquil Trinity Bay.

The hotel is the most prestigious accommodation and entertainment complex in Cairns and features 128 rooms and suite options for those who wish to upgrade to enjoy an indulgent Jacuzzis-style spa bath and private garden balcony.

The complex offers the boutique-style Reef Casino and $4 million Cairns Rainforest Dome, which provides visitors with the opportunity of seeing Australia's wildlife in a picturesque setting. There are a variety of restaurant options, including the award winning restaurant 'Tamarind', which offers Thai fusion cuisine in a stylish setting.

Located adjacent to Cairns Port terminal, the base for charter vessels operating day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the hotel is ideally positioned for day trips to scuba, snorkel or swim the reef. Other hotel facilities include a gymnasium, spa and rooftop swimming pool that offers expansive city and water views.

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns is Australia's second Pullman hotel joining the new five-star Pullman network and the Pullman Sydney hotel on 1 December 2008.

Accor's Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns is offering a sizzling summer special, priced from just $189 per couple.

The offer includes overnight accommodation in a Superior Room and a buffet breakfast for two and is valid for sale and stays until 31 March 2009.*

To book visit www.accorhotels.com.au or call 1300 65 65 65.


Pullman is the upscale hotel brand of Accor. It was designed with the requirements of business women and men in mind. Located in the main regional and international cities, Pullman hotels provide an extensive range of tailored services, access to groundbreaking technologies and the "Co-Meeting" offer, a new approach to organising meetings, seminars and high-end incentives. At Pullman Hotels, business travellers can choose between being independent or relying on the staff available round the clock. Starting 2009, the Pullman network will have 59 hotels in 23 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. By 2015, we expect over 300 establishments around the world.

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clinets and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 20 years of expertise in two core businesses:

- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.

- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty and expense management.

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