New hotel fills gap in booming Springfield

BROOKWATER Golf Club is hoping to hold on to its patrons for longer with the opening of the new Niche Hotel at Springfield Lakes this week.

Club general manager Mark Holland said a lot of golfers stayed in Gold Coast accommodation and might only have time at Brookwater for one round of golf, not an overnight stay.

"We are working with the Niche Hotel and getting some packages off the ground," he said.

"There is definitely a need (for quality hotel accommodation).

"The whole of Springfield Lakes is going full steam ahead."

Brookwater Golf Club has its own on-site hotel in the planning stages and due for completion in late 2009.

"The concept is for 80 to 100 rooms initially," Mr Holland said.

The new Niche Hotel on Springfield Lakes Boulevard offers 20 five-star rooms and 24-hour service.

Prices start at $295 for two people, up to $495 for an executive room.

The hotel is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a group which aims to make each hotel unique in some way.

Director Anthony Taylor said extensive research before starting on the hotel had shown that demand for a select service hotel experience was strong.

"There's a distinct lack of this standard of hotel in southern Brisbane," he said.

"The luxurious hotel will be amongst the most opulent in the city."

Mr Taylor said the Niche Hotel was 25 minutes' drive from Brisbane and guests avoided the city traffic.

Twelve locals have found work at the hotel.

Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfasts and hors d'oeuvres with wine from 5pm to 6pm.

The hotel will target corporate use, weddings, social functions and family visits. Next to the Niche Hotel is the commercial shopping centre Spring Lake Metro.

This centre and the hotel will celebrate an official launch on October 27.



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