Fremantle’s National Hotel has been sold for an undisclosed sum, with the historic building set to be converted into a Carnegie’s Bar and Restaurant and boutique hotel with a rooftop bar and café.
The Hong Kong-based Carnegie’s Group announced today it had purchased the hotel, and its ground floor would become Carnegie’s Fremantle.
The upper floors will be occupied by a four-star boutique hotel, while the rooftop will become home to Widow’s Walk Bar and Café.
The National Hotel has been vacant since 2007, when it was almost destroyed by a fire.
The Carnegie’s Group operates hotels and bars in Perth, Hong Kong, Taipei and Qingdao.
“Carnegie’s has operated in Asia for nearly 2 decades and been a popular Perth city destination for the last 10 years or so,” the group said on its new National Hotel website.
“The Fremantle venue will be a significant addition to the group and a new meeting spot for the people of Fremantle.
“We will be creating a design sympathetic to the wonderful heritage of the building, retaining the imposing ceiling heights, pressed tin ceilings and stained glass windows.
“At the same time we will be injecting some great music history and art into the building”
Construction will commence next month.