The former historic Commonwealth Bank property in Dean Street Albury has been transformed, into CIRCA 1928 Hotel and Spa, that promises to take spa treatment to the ‘next level.’
It’s been a nine-month, basement to ceiling renovation for Owners Kevin and Ririn Yaxley, and they couldn’t be happier with the results.
“In a word, it’s amazing,” said Kevin Yaxley.
“The former bank building was a bare shell, so we pretty much gutted it, took in a contemporary design with some amazing features, even before you walk in.
“There’s an amazing hand carved door at the front entry, a hand crocheted wire lighting feature as soon as you walk and some amazing indigenous artwork as well.
“Because of the heritage listing, we had to install exact copies of original 1928 front windows, so they were imported from Holland.”
While it may be the luxurious hotel suites that lure visitors, (and the inclusion of a retail outlet and an art gallery is also impressive) but it is the five spa treatment rooms that are the jewel in the crown.
A full range of spa treatments is provided, including bath treatments in the hand-beaten copper bathtubs which are featured in two of the spa rooms, as well as both guest suites. Also sure to cause intrigue is the inclusion of traditional ‘ratus’ treatments, exclusively for women.
The property also pays further homage to its 1928 ancestry.
“When researching the project, we looked at which artists were born in 1928 and we discovered that Pro Hart was born that year, so we have some Pro Hart works in one of the suites facing Dean Street.”
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“Andy Warhol was also born that year, so we have some amazing art work, taken some quotes and put that on the wall in the Stanley Suite, some unusual artwork on the ceiling and a portrait of Andy Warhol we had commissioned is directly above the bed, nice and bright.”
It’s hoped CIRCA 1928 Albury will not only tempt locals and interstate visitors to indulge, but also appeal to international travellers. The Albury property is the third in the CIRCA family, with CIRCA 1936 in Corowa and CIRCA 1929 in Wagga Wagga.