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The Hotel Realm wins AHA National Award of Excellence Best Meetings and Events Venue


On Wednesday 5th September 2012, the Australian Hospitality Association hosted the AHA National Hospitality Awards at the Wrest Point in Hobart. The National Awards recognise standards of excellence in hotels and the hospitality industry of Australia.

The Hotel Realm won the National AHA Best Meetings and Events venue in a tie with the Hilton Sydney. This award recognises the world-class facilities housed within Hotel Realm. The hotel banqueting team is dedicated to providing exceptional service with complete professionalism within a comfortable, understated, luxurious environment. The hotel is dedicated to continually evolving within the function market and as a result an upgrade of the conference floor will take place in 2012. The refurbishment will see a new look foyer, ballroom and breakout rooms, along with new meeting rooms.

Images of the evening can be viewed here


The Hotel Realm and Burbury Hotel awarded in multiple categories of the 2012 AHA Awards

On Monday 19th March 2012, the Canberra Australian Hospitality Association hosted the AHA Hospitality Awards at the Hotel Realm, Canberra. The Awards recognise standards of excellence in the ACT hotels and hospitality industry. Members of the ACT and Federal Parliament, including ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Andrew Barr and Opposition Leader, Zed Seselja, also attended the Awards.

The Hotel Realm was awarded the AHA Best Deluxe Accommodation beating the Hyatt Hotel for the 5 Star Hotel category. This award is a testament to the Hotel Realm’s dedication to providing guests with exceptional and memorable stays. The Hotel Realm places great precedence in being at the forefront of luxury and technology, and in delivering tailor-made guest experiences with a focus on customer service.

The Hotel Realm also won the AHA Best Meetings and Events venue. This award recognises the world-class facilities housed within Hotel Realm. The hotel banqueting team is dedicated to providing exceptional service with complete professionalism within a comfortable, understated, luxurious environment. The hotel is dedicated to continually evolving within the function market and as a result an upgrade of the conference floor will take place in 2012. The refurbishment will see a new look foyer, ballroom and breakout rooms, along with new meeting rooms.

Hotel Realm’s sister property the Burbury Hotel won the AHA Best New Venue within the Accommodation Division. In keeping with the exceptional standard of architecture and design of the Hotel Realm, the new 4.5 Star Burbury Hotel offers 73 exquisite hotel rooms, 15 one-bedroom suites, 6 two-bedroom suites and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Guests of the Burbury Hotel have full access to all amenities afforded by the Hotel Realm including all restaurants, day spa, health club and hair salon. Since opening in September 2011, the Burbury Hotel has been recognised for its design and technology. The Burbury Hotel was the first hotel in Australia to house the Apple Mac Mini IPTV system.  The in-room IPTV provides guests with full Mac computer functionality, iPod, iPad and iPhone-docking, high definition TV, Foxtel®, play-your-own CDs/DVDs, pay-per-view movies, a digital on screen guest directories, hotel services and local attractions guide.  It’s a home-away-from-home entertainment and office system.

Hotel Realm and Burbury Hotel General Manager Emil Kovacik acknowledged the recognition of both hotels as “a true testament to the dedication of the Doma Group for developing yet another superior product in the Burbury Hotel. The groups vision for the Realm Precinct is so strong and it’s reflected in the vibrancy of the evolving entertainment hub”.

Doma Hotels won the AHA Member of the Year Award for their commitment to injecting new life into the ACT sector. The General Manager of the AHA, Gwyn Rees, commended the Doma Group “Doma Hotels has played a key role in improving support locally for hotel development. It has shown that construction of accommodation venues can be a good business decision and led the way for future clever, multi-use development”.

The AHA awards have a rigorous judging process, whereby nominations are put forward to a panel of industry notables, who decide the finalists and winners.

Images of the evening can be viewed here

Hotel Realm winner in the 2012 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), the world’s largest travel website, today reveals Hotel Realm was chosen as a winner in the Trendiest Hotels in Australia by TripAdvisor in its 2012 Travellers’ Choice® awards.

Now in its tenth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

“With the help of millions of travellers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognise the world’s most outstanding hotels for the tenth year of the Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”

As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travellers’ Choice Hotels awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe.

For reviews on the Hotel Realm go to

For the complete 2012 Travellers’ Choice list, go to

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 18 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 65 million unique monthly visitors**.  TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include:,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, August 2011
©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.
SOURCE TripAdvisor, Inc.


Hotel Realm Marketing

The new Burbury Hotel opens

Canberra’s newly launched 4.5 star property, the Burbury Hotel, has eclipsed the hospitality industry’s “home-away-from-home” experience by delivering a new level of in-room ambience, inventive open-plan living and pioneering a new Apple® entertainment system.

Sydney-based architecture and interior design firm, Katon Redgen Mathieson (KRM), has created a luxe presentation that uniquely captures the best of “home”.

“We required interior design that offered global sophistication in our public areas and a timeless, generously comfortable in-room experience,” says Emil Kovacik, General Manager of the Burbury Hotel.

Rooms are open-plan, yet each ‘space’ is effectively separated, conjuring a sense of flow and liberating Burbury guests from hotel-room `confinement’, while supplying plentiful room for their accoutrements .

“We felt the bathrooms were an opportunity to offer superior functionality through design, while pampering guests with quality amenities,” says Kovacik.

Each room’s Gohera Limestone entrance flows into a door-less bathroom where clean lines, smooth textures, reflective surfaces and tranquil tones create a clear, uplifting space.

Translucent ice-green glass ‘walls’ separate the limestone-clad wet and WC areas from the vanity space, which is wardrobe-lined on its other side and doubles as an elegantly appointed dressing room.

A trim, dark-wood vanity rests on a slender black-frame, adding to the feeling of openness in the dressing room.  The hand basin is offset to allow space for guests’ toiletries while the large-scale mirror behind the vanity reflects the open plan.

The Burbury’s rooms are a refined mix of light and shade, moving from crisp, infinite whites, through the serene, sandbar-and-shell tones of the bathrooms to the moodier coffee and chocolate tones of the soft furnishings and carpets.

It is also the first hotel in Australia to pioneer Square-i Apple IPTV, a Mac-Mini®-based in-room solution developed by Square-i International, a new global hospitality solutions company.

Square-i Apple IPTV exceeds the entertainment comforts of home with full Mac computer functionality, iPod, iPad and iPhone-docking, high definition TV, Foxtel®, play-your-own CDs/DVDs, pay-per-view movies, as well as a digital concierge, guest directories and local attractions guide, contained in the super sleek, 3.6cm-thin, aluminium Mac-Mini® “unibody”.

“While the Burbury Hotel echoes the prestige of the Realm precinct’s modern aesthetic, we wanted a cosy, indulgent retreat for travelling and business guests beyond the hectic pace of sight-seeing and professional life.  At the end of the day, everyone wants to go home and simply relax,” says Kovicak.

Burbury Hotel will maintain the same high standards of its parent hotel, Hotel Realm and will take the total number of rooms in the Realm Precinct to 264. It is the next stage in the exciting development that is the Realm Precinct.

Burbury Hotel opening September 2011

The five star Hotel Realm developed by the Doma Group will soon welcome the new 4.5 star Burbury Hotel to the Realm precinct – situated directly across Burbury Close laneway, the new Burbury Hotel will feature 106 rooms with a mix of standard rooms along with 1 & 2 bedroom suites.

The new hotel will offer guests all the amenities afforded by the Hotel Realm, including Evo Health Club, a 25 meter indoor pool, spa, sauna, Mudd the Spa, business centre and Kundalini hair. Guests of the Burbury Hotel will also have access to all standard services including hi-speed internet access, telephone calls, daily newspapers and all food and beverage outlets housed at the Hotel Realm.

The Doma Group is scheduled to open the doors to the new Burbury Hotel in September 2011.

Thank you

Since opening our doors, Hotel Realm has achieved monumental status in the Canberra market as the preferred 5-star luxury hotel. The Realm brand has set a benchmark within the local market of being the favourable location for meetings, events, accommodation, dining and as a social locale for gatherings.  

This recognition lies solely within the loyalty of our guests and patrons. On behalf of all the management and staff at Hotel Realm, we would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and support.  

We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2011. We look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Realm in the New Year.

Spring Carnival Season

The spring carnival season is upon us again and the five-star Hotel Realm is set to celebrate the races in style.  With many exciting happenings on Melbourne Cup day including full TAB facilities onsite all day on Tuesday 4 November, big-screens with televised coverage from 11am, sweepstakes, best dressed prizes and giveaways.
Set-menu lunches for group bookings are available at Ostani lounge, bar & restaurant, to enquire or place a booking, please contact 02 6163 1802.


Also around the corner is Christmas and all the celebratory goodness which comes with it. Celebrate this festive season in style at Konoba Restaurant, enjoy a delicious three course lunch and beverage package from $45 all inclusive from
29 November until 24 December. Konoba Restaurant will also open its doors on Christmas Day for a luxurious lunch with a premium menu from $120 per person all inclusive, for bookings please contact Teresa on 02 6163 1818 or view the menus.

Hotel Realm welcomes new Executive Chef and Banquet Sales Manager

Hotel Realm would like to introduce two new key staff members to the Realm team.

Fabian Wagnon, Hotel Realm Executive Chef was born and raised in Tolouse, France. For the past eight years, Fabian has embraced the Australian culture living in Sydney and now Canberra.

Fabian comes to the hotel with worldly experience from living and travelling Europe and abroad. Fabian spent two years working as Sous Chef at London’s Sheraton Park Tower Knightsbridge, voted UK’s best seafood restaurant. Continuing his passion for culinary excellence, Fabian travelled to Brussels to work with the SAS Radisson Sea Grill Restaurant – voted one of the world’s best hotel restaurants in the world.

From the English Channel to Darling Harbor Sydney, Fabian was Head Chef at Star City dedicating five years to the team before travelling to the nation’s capital.

Within Canberra, Fabian found his version of the Louvre at the National Gallery of Australia as Executive Chef. After four years at the NGA, Fabian moved next door to the Portrait Gallery of Australia.

From the art world, to the architectural minimalism of Hotel Realm, Fabian brings to the hotel an influence of modern European with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients.

To the Banquets and Sales team, we welcome Sian Lovekin as Banquet Sales Manager.

Sian comes to the Hotel Realm with 10 years experience in the hospitality industry. Beginning her career in operational roles at the Shangri-la Hotel Sydney within their Banquets Division, Sian established client relations with national and international guests.

Moving back to Wagga Wagga in 2003 Sian was the Assistant Manager at Pavilion Boutique Hotel and Apartments.

After three years in regional NSW, Sian joined international chain – Hyatt Hotel within Canberra in the position of Weddings and Special Events Executive. Whilst in this role, Sian dedicated herself to 150 Weddings and Special Events.

In 2008 Sian joined the Canberra Southern Cross Club, furthering the clubs succession. Sian was integral to the rejuvenation of the venue which now is one of successful social clubs in Canberra.

Sian brings to the Hotel Realm national experience and a dedicated focus to customer service.

We welcome both Sian and Fabian to the Hotel Realm.

Hotel Realm awarded in multiple categories of the AHA Awards for Excellence 2010

On Monday evening Hotel Realm, Canberra was awarded the ACT AHA Best Hotel Restaurant – Konoba Restaurant, AHA Best Hotel Bar – Ostani lounge, bar & restaurant, AHA Best Hotel Functions and Events, AHA Best Outdoor Function Entertainment Area and AHA Best Apprentice Chef – Highly Commended. The 2010 Canberra awards recognised the outstanding performances by Canberra hospitality venues with the Canberra area.

The AHA Best Hotel Restaurant awards acknowledge the Hotel Realm – Konoba Restaurant as the highest achieving hotel culinary restaurant within Canberra. Konoba Restaurant has now achieved this award for two consecutive years. The Executive Chefs have played significant roles in developing new and innovative ways to produce the highest quality food sourced from local and regional suppliers.

The AHA Best Hotel Bar, AHA Best Outdoor Entertaining Area and AHA Best Apprentice Chef – Highly Commended is a deserving acknowledgement to Ostani lounge, bar & restaurant and the collaboration behind the newly crowned winner. Since opening in late September 2009, Ostani set a benchmark in the Canberra market with the eclectic fit-out, traditional wood fired pizzas, tapas and outdoor seating facilities. The design of Ostani was based upon zoning areas for mixed uses. Jenn Willemsen from Miyabi Designs created the unique fit-out with anticipation it‟s create a feel unlike any other venue in Canberra. Prior to Ostani, Hotel Realm operated the former Bacchus Bar that which also gained recognition as the winner of AHA Best Hotel Bar for two consecutive years – 2008 and 2009. This award is a testament to both the Hotel Realm and the many people involved in creating Ostani and alluring its patrons to stay‟.

The AHA Best Functions and Events award recognises the world-class facilities housed within Hotel Realm. The hotel banqueting team is dedicated to providing service with complete poise and professionalism within a comfortable, understated, luxurious environment. All facets of the hotel function areas have been designed to envelope the guests in 5 Star facilities. Strong acknowledgment to the hotel banqueting Executive Chef Natalie Ojielumhen for the consistently acclaimed culinary skills which propels Hotel Realm into a realm of its own within the Canberra market.

These awards are a testament to Hotel Realm and its dedication to providing its guests with 5 Star services.

The AHA awards have a rigorous judging process, whereby nominations are put forward to a panel of industry notables, who decide the finalists and winners.

Hotel Realm General Manager Emil Kovacik acknowledged “Hotel Realm Canberra is dedicated to providing 5 Star service with the focus on the customer and ensuring each guest is completely spoilt – whether that be accommodation, dining in any of the hotel restaurants or having a drink at the bar”. Emil and the Hotel Realm team will continually enhance the Food and Beverage offerings to ensure the success and the enjoyment of our guests continues,” he added.

Hotel Realm recently hosted the MasterChef team whilst on their Canberra visit to the Governor General‟s – to be viewed on Southern Cross TEN Thursday 22nd July. Hotel Realm is proud to be a part of the MasterChef experience and congratulates the contestants on their journey.