May 12, 2018 | BANNISTERS A blast from the Sally Shores past
It’s almost fifty years since ‘The Salamander’ opened its doors to guests from all over Australia.
Originally built for two-million dollars in 1968, this one-of-a-kind location represented the perfect opportunity for the Bannisters brand to reimagine the magic of south coast Mollymook’s Bannisters by Sea, with a laidback, retro hotel/motel vibe that is all its own.
General Manager, Peter Bacon said: ‘Restoration is at the heart of the Bannisters ethos. Our flagship Bannisters by the Sea property in Mollymook is actually a repurposed 1970’s motel, and it’s the memories and the good vibrations that hold such a special place in peoples’ hearts. That is a big part of why this new project in Port Stephens was so appealing.’
Picture (left) Port Stephens councillors inspecting the site of the new hotel, October 1967. Picture: Arthur Renford
Bannisters embarked on an intensive 18 months of renovation and restoration to breathe new life into a classic Aussie institution that had seen better days.
The real challenge for the team was creating something that felt completely different without sacrificing the sunny vibes and relaxed nostalgia that made the Sally Shores Hotel what it was… and remains.
Retaining the bare bones of the architecture was a vital step in the building process and while the Terrace Bar and Rick Stein Restaurant are completely new, great efforts have been made to hold onto those little touches that hold such wonderful memories for so many.
The same sensitivity to the history of the property has also been extended to our rooms with laidback and comfortable options.
It’s been an exciting evolution and we hope that you make the trip to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens and enjoy our stunning coastal escape.
The building will continue to evolve and be improved on as we listen to guest feedback.
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