Hotel Kurrajong Canberra



27 JUNE 2016  THE hotel that housed Canberra’s first parliamentarians at the dawn of our nation, Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, celebrates its 90th birthday this year with a series of celebrations, starting with a glamorous 1920s Double Sapphire dinner dance in July.

The deep blue Sapphire is the stone that marks a 45th anniversary, so the hotel will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a “double sapphire” celebration. The three-course dinner with drinks and entertainment on 23 July will revisit the hotel’s 1926 origins but with contemporary service and style befitting the recent refurbishment of the Heritage-listed building in Barton.

TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said it was a momentous year in the history of the hotel, which shared its 90th birthday with Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the hotel in the year 2000, and was built the same year as Old Parliament House, by the same designer, Commonwealth Chief Architect, John Smith Murdoch.

“This will be an opportunity to celebrate a significant moment in our nation’s history, when our Capital was first created and so were Canberra’s first hotels,” she said. “Hotel Kurrajong Canberra is now a delightfully renovated landmark that references a time when personal style reigned. It is again etching a place in the nation’s psyche, this time as a contemporary, sophisticated getaway with a wonderful restaurant, Chifley’s Bar & Grill.”

The celebration will look back at the many significant eras of the building, from its beginnings as home to public servants transferred from Melbourne to set up the nation’s new parliament, to its role as the residence of former Prime Ministers John Curtin and Ben Chifley.

In December 2014 the Heritage-listed building reopened after being fully restored in a distinct Art Deco theme, via a joint venture between the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) and TFE Hotels, who operate it today.

Visitors to the hotel will be struck by the 1920’s-inspired decor and hospitality from the moment they arrive. The grand ballroom, the cosy fireplace, the library stocked with historic literature and photographs along the hallways imbue a sense of the building’s history.

The pavilion-style buildings with their pretty terrace gardens, dotted with warming fire pits and garden furniture for outdoor drinks, are nestled among trees between Lake Burley Griffin and Capital Hill, having lived various incarnations as a boarding house and hotel school since first opening as a hotel in 1926, then called Hostel Number 2.

The hotel’s 147 rooms houses 26 in the heritage wing and include four executive suites, four balcony rooms and eight terrace rooms.

Chifley’s Bar & Grill is named after the former resident Prime Minister and pays homage to the past, with inspiration from today. The team creates a unique experience for diners in a classically elegant dining room, which extends to a glassed-in terrace overlooking the gardens.

The menu features locally sourced seasonal produce, adopting a paddock to plate philosophy.


Inclusions              Three-course dinner with entertainment

Venue                    Chifley’s Bar & Grill, Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

Price                       $160 per person

Date                       23 July, 6.30pm

Bookings:              Phone (02) 6234 444, email [email protected]



Price                       $190 per night, valid for classic rooms

Valid                       July 23 2016 to 31 January 2017 (not valid Saturdays between 17/09 – 15/10)

Inclusions              Two for one breakfast, Champagne or cocktail on arrival, 12pm late check-out



Treat your parents or grandparents, as all 90 year olds are eligible for a free main meal at Chifley’s Bar & Grill. Valid for bookings of four people or more between July 23 2016 and 31 January 2017.



TFE Hotels Collection is a brand that represents beautiful hotels hall marked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm.

The first in the collection, the Heritage-listed Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, is a shining example of the values and character the TFE Hotels Collection brand personifies, which reopened after a refurbishment.

This delightfully renovated Heritage building was first built in 1926, a time when personal style was celebrated. It is again etching a place in the nation’s psyche as a contemporary, sophisticated getaway.

Several properties are being developed in Australia under the TFE Collection banner, each of which will encompass beautiful design, bespoke service and attention to the individual.

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TFE Hotels is the only hotel management company headquartered in Australia to design and manage hotels end to end, from concept to successful operation.

This can-do hotel company has earnt a firm reputation as “the developer’s hotelier”, possessing more than 50 years’ experience in hotel design and operation.

It operates 70 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe and has 15 more in the pipeline.

TFE Hotels was established in 2013 as a joint venture between Australia’s Toga Group (1963), and Singapore’s Far East Hospitality Holdings. It has six brands:


  • Adina Apartment Hotels in 28 locations in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
    Other locations coming soon include Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Leipzig and Hamburg in Germany, Brisbane CBD, Sydney CBD, Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse and Fremantle, WA.
  • Medina Serviced Apartments in 5 locations in Australia.
  • Vibe Hotels in 8 locations in Australia.
    Other locations coming soon include Northpoint, North Sydney and Hobart.
  • Travelodge Hotels in 17 locations in Australia and New Zealand.
    Other locations coming soon include Sydney Airport.
  • Rendezvous Hotels in 10 locations in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.
  • TFE Hotels Collection include Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, Australia.
    Other locations will be announced soon.
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Published on: June 27, 2016  -  Filed under: Press Releases