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A Multimillion-Dollar Palm Springs-Inspired Motel Is Opening in Albury This Year

The Astor Hotel Motel on the Victorian-NSW border is getting a retro reno complete with 45 rooms, a pub, plenty of pastel hues and palm trees.
By Cordelia Williamson
June 19, 2020
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A Multimillion-Dollar Palm Springs-Inspired Motel Is Opening in Albury This Year

The Astor Hotel Motel on the Victorian-NSW border is getting a retro reno complete with 45 rooms, a pub, plenty of pastel hues and palm trees.
By Cordelia Williamson
June 19, 2020
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If your ideal holiday is being poolside, cocktail in hand, in sunny Palm Springs, then get ready to book yourself in for a vacay in Albury. Yep, a retro-style Palm Springs-inspired resort is set to open in the regional town that straddles the NSW and Victorian border, making it the perfect pitstop on your next road trip. Sure, it might not be the same desert oasis in California, but it'll save you a whopping airfare. And, considering international travel is expected to be off the cards until at least 2021, you can go on your well-deserved getaway a whole lot sooner, too.

Albury's old Astor Hotel Motel is currently undergoing a massive multimillion-dollar revamp, which is slated for completion by September; however, the first stage is set to reopen as early as July. The pub and motel was bought by hotelier Peter Griffiths back in 2019, with the major renovations happening at a time when domestic travel is more sought after than ever. Pitted to be a huge project for the town — and region — the renovated Astor is sure to bolster tourism, whether for a stop-in visit or as the destination itself.

Designed by leading Melbourne design firm Technē, the development will see the 1960s building transformed into a resort with pastel hues, leafy decor and plenty of old-school Hollywood cues. The Astor will retain key structures from the OG building, but expect far more than just a lick of paint from the reno. It'll house 45 rooms, a bar, a restaurant, an airy beer garden and multiple function spaces.

Located equidistant from Sydney and Melbourne, Albury is home to the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), the award-winning Library Museum, landscaped lawns at the Botanic Gardens and weekly farmers markets. You'll also find Taco Bill — a Tex-Mex chain that's been around since the 60s — which will help add to the southern Cali vibes. The town sits right on the Murray River and is a short drive from Falls Creek Ski Resort, too. In short, there's plenty to do if you're looking to do more than just pass through.

The Astor Hotel Motel's multimillion renovation is slated for completion in September, 2020, with the first stage set to reopen from July. 

Published on June 19, 2020 by Cordelia Williamson

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