Hotel with a difference approved for Kingswood

An artist’s impression of the new ‘medi-hotel’ in Kingswood.
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A hotel boasting a rooftop bar and dining has been approved for Kingswood.

The seven-storey, 140-bed ‘medi-hotel’ will be built on the northeast corner of Somerset and Hargrave streets, diagonally opposite Nepean Public Hospital’s multi-storey car park.

Submitted by investment group Boston Global late last year, the $30 million development will cater to pre and post-operative patients as well as regular guests.

“The applicant describes the use as a ‘medi­-hotel’ because of its proximity to Nepean Hospital and other medical facilities in the immediate area,” the Major Assessment Report states.

“The hotel will be marketed to pre and post-­operative patients and their families, as well as general members of the public.

“No medical advice or services will occur at the hotel.”

The rooftop level will contain the hotel gym, meeting rooms, outdoor exercise terrace and food and beverage space with both internal and external seating areas.

In addition to the reception and lobby areas, the ground floor will also feature a hotel lounge, bar and dining space.

And it won’t just be guests who will be able to enjoy the views, with the hotel’s bars, lounges and dining areas available to the public, adding another option to Penrith’s busy food and drink scene.

Rubber-stamped by the Local Planning Panel last week, the original Development Application (DA) was amended to address parking and height provisions.

“The proposal was amended to provide a third level of basement parking and increase the number of parking spaces from 46 to 63,” the Major Assessment Report states.

“The overall building height was reduced by 0.5m by compressing the floor to ceiling height at Level 1 (to 3m), and the ground floor presentation was refined to provide better equitable access.”

Three lots at 28-32 Somerset Street will be consolidated to provide the 1,680sqm site needed to build the large facility.

The hotel is expected to employ 24 staff and will likely be managed by an internationally-renowned hotel operator, with negotiations already taking place in that space.

The intersection at Somerset and Hargrave streets could undergo even more changes in the near future, with a proposed five-storey private hospital building, slated for the southeast corner, currently being considered by Penrith Council.

The Western Weekender has reached out to Boston Global for comment.

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