It’s all looking up for the owners of popular burger bar, Eddies Grub House in Griffith St, as they take over ownership of Coolangatta’s iconic Ocean View Motel, now known as The Pink Hotel.
Eddies Grub House started as an LA style dive bar, restaurant and small stage live music venue in Coolangatta in December 2015. Co-owner, Claes Loberg, said after two years of strong support from visitors enjoying their burgers, whiskey and music, they started looking for the next opportunity to grow – either in different locations or cities.
Thankfully for the Southern Gold Coast, the talented lads didn’t move their sights too far, and instead decided to look right inside the same building they were located in – with the upstairs motel commonly known as The Pink Motel for its distinctive colour.
“The building had every ingredient of the next challenge we wanted to embark on and she was screaming out to have life breathed back into her, and reintroduced as an icon on the Gold Coast,” said Claes.
“Our planning has included looking to the many cooler hotels around the world we have frequented in Downtown LA, Palm Springs, New York and London, taking elements of each and figuring out how to blend that with elements of her original charm.”
The Pink Hotel will have its own unique identity and experience as a boutique hotel – with a couple of hidden secrets the owners are keeping close to their chests until the launch.
Eddies will provide entertainment to the guests, as well as room service “with the best burgers and whiskey in town.”
With Eddies starting to attract more artists playing on their intimate stage to a music hungry audience, they expect the hotel to house plenty of artists as guests.
“Our tone and style will be a home away from home for musicians, artists, writers and wild wanderers looking for a unique experience,” said Claes. “We’re imagining a Pink Chelsea Hotel on the beach, with a CBGB’s downstairs for this generation’s emerging artists and creators.”
In just a few weeks, they have completely removed the interior of the whole hotel and started the refurbishment, with the aim to open in the first week of October.
Locals and eager visitors can follow their progress on Instagram @thepinkhotelcoolangatta and even enter competitions to win a room for the launch night.