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JOHN ROZENTALS looks at a former Sunshine Coast motel reborn as chic, boutique hotel with a touch of glam.

August 24, 2020 Destination Feature No Comments Email Email

It’s the ultimate example of ‘everything old is new again’.

Loea Boutique Hotel — located opposite the Maroochy River on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast — has undergone a renovation of epic proportions, taking what was a conventional motel-style accommodation offering and transforming it into an on-trend chic boutique hotel.

Loea offers double, twin and family rooms, the décor inspired by ‘warm breezy beach days’.

Think a soft white colour palette, locally sourced rattan furniture, brass fixtures and luxury bed linen.

But while Loea is fresh and modern, it has not forgotten its classic roots.

On-site guests are greeted with a vintage-food-truck-van-come-reception serving up locally sourced food supplied by Gather by Bonnie and a range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks as well as a friendly welcome.

There are also classic white cruiser bikes available for guests to use at their leisure, perfect for exploring the Maroochy River as you take the pathway to nearby Cotton Tree.

Loea Boutique Hotel: totally refurbished modern rooms.

Loea is owned by Andrew and Lucy Pink, who upon relocating to the Sunshine Coast from the UK realised a gap in the market for boutique hotel-style accommodation.

The end result is a culmination of Andrew’s background in the hotel industry and their shared passion for travel and design.

Features of the property include a luxe outdoor magnesium pool surrounded by a communal alfresco lounge area and garden, local organic skincare products in the room, a private outdoor deck for each suite and the vintage food van on site offering coffee, alcoholic beverages and delicious brunch, grazing and dessert platters available for pre-order.

Loea Boutique Hotel: luxe outdoor magnesium pool.

This is complemented by the little luxuries you come to expect at places like Loea, such as free WIFI throughout, king-size beds with luxury linen bedding, quality toiletries, free on-site parking, tea- and coffee-making facilities and air-conditioning.

Visit Sunshine Coast Interim CEO Craig Davidson said renovations such as the one at Loea gave travellers fresh new reason to visit the Sunshine Coast.

“New products and experiences are an important part of keeping up with consumer demand,” he said.

Loea Boutique Hotel: recption is via a vintage food truck.

“They provide fresh incentive for visitors to stay longer and spend more, entice new visitors to the region and encourage return travellers to try something new.”

Prices start from $170 per night for a double room, book direct at www.loea.com.au.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

Loea Boutique Hotel: a communal alfresco garden.

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