Quest Apartment Hotels will open the doors of its newest property Quest Preston on Monday 9 November, marking the company’s third opening of 2020 and 42nd property in Melbourne.
“This exciting accomplishment is part of a busy schedule of activity for Quest in Victoria for the remainder of the year, with Quest Preston to be followed by the openings of Quest Wangaratta and Quest Ballarat Station”, said Quest Apartment Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, David Mansfield.
Developed by longstanding development partner, Pellicano, Quest Preston is centrally located on much-loved High St in the boutique retail and café precinct. The hotel will be comprised of 79- studio and apartment style rooms, which according to Mr Mansfield responds to a growing need for high quality corporate accommodation in Melbourne’s charismatic north.
“Sitting in the Preston, Reservoir and Broadmeadows business corridors, Quest Preston will sustain accommodation needs in both the white collar and industrial sector, with state government offices, major retailers, training venues and call centres already in the area, and continued transformation on the horizon”, said Mr Mansfield.
The property arrives in time for major infrastructure projects upcoming in the City of Darebin including the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct and Level Crossing Removal Project, priming the area to become a residential, employment and commercial hub for a population set to swell as much as 35% by 2041*.
“Quest Preston will accommodate professionals involved in the nearby level crossing removal project at Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road in Preston, and we look forward to continuing to accommodate the many people who will be involved in the precinct’s ongoing advancement”, said Mr Mansfield.
Quest Preston will be comprised of 35 studio apartments, 32 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments. All apartments include fully equipped kitchens and in room-laundry facilities, making it the perfect option for the extended stay business traveller. The property also features a state-of-the-art gym and conference facilities.
“The conference space at Quest Preston is driving considerable interest, with a large number of enquiries coming through from corporates seeking state of the art conferencing facilities for prospective activities late in 2020 and into the new year, pending restrictions”, said Mr Mansfield.
Guests of Quest Preston will have close access to the Melbourne CBD with both Regent and Preston train stations 800m away. They will also be just 600m from Preston Market, and a short distance from Melbourne Polytechnic, Northland Shopping Centre and LaTrobe University Bundoora.
A 24-hour on site reception desk, local chargeback dining, pantry shopping service, valet dry cleaning and more will ensure guests of Quest Preston feel at home, taking the hassle out of travel, be it for business or pleasure.
Quest Preston will be operated by experienced Quest franchisees, Mark and Ky O’Shea and Liz and Steve Galea, who despite challenging market conditions remain highly optimistic.
“While this is obviously a challenging time in Victoria, and even more so in metropolitan Melbourne, we are encouraged by a large volume of companies looking at how they will accommodate staff once restrictions have lifted, and families hoping to come to Melbourne over the Christmas and new year period”, said Liz Galea, franchisee of Quest Preston.
“With no directly comparable accommodation options in the area, we are excited to open our doors and provide an exceptional space for short and extended stay guests in one of Melbourne’s most dynamic pockets”.
Quest Preston has generated gainful work for ten or so individuals across front office, housekeeping and maintenance, with more jobs on the horizon as travel returns to full health.
“The majority of our wonderful new employees are locals, with a background in travel, airline and hospitality, all of whom will be able to deliver the exceptional customer service Quest prides itself on”, said Liz.
“Some of these good people sadly lost their jobs due to the pandemic and have been out of work for up to six months, so we are thrilled to be able to welcome them on board at Quest Preston”.