Ballina Ramada opens its doors on August 11
By MARY MANN
THE hottest thing since sliced bread is due to open in Ballina next week.
The Ramada Hotel and Suites, which cost more than $40 million to build, will be open for business on August 11.
Grand opening celebrations will take place on September 8.
It's a development tagged as the new premier destination on the Northern Rivers set to bring tourists from around the world to the coastal town of Ballina.
The Ramada Hotel and Suites includes 65 residential apartments, which comprise 115 rooms on six levels, offering outstanding views of the Richmond River.
Ballina Elders Real Estate principal John Nicolson said it was the only international class hotel on the Northern Rivers. "It will encourage more international and interstate visitors to come to the area and will be great for the town," Mr Nicolson said.
"The development company, Slipway Properties Pty Ltd, is a local family company, which is an expression of confidence in the local area."
The apartments range from one-bedroom, starting from $430,000, to two-bedroom suites, up to $975,000.
There are also two lavish penthouse apartments which have already sold for more than $1.5 million each.
Many of the apartments sold off the plan. There are still 34 on the market.
The development also includes function rooms, undercover parking, a heated swimming pool, The Point caf? and on-site dining.
General manger Karen Whiteford said it brought a new level of class to the town.
"The rooms are uniquely furnished, it's a beautiful place to relax," she said.
When completed, the development will open up the river foreshore by linking the river walkway, which will run from the RSL Club to the river spit.