WINNING TIME

Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne; Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific COO; Federal Minister Alex Hawke MP; Chris Calvert, Lewis Land Group CEO; Ray Williams Castle Hill MP cutting the celebratory cake on Friday
Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne; Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific COO; Federal Minister Alex Hawke MP; Chris Calvert, Lewis Land Group CEO; Ray Williams Castle Hill MP cutting the celebratory cake on Friday

It’s been a huge few weeks for The Fiddler at Rouse Hill which has just been named the 2019 Metropolitan Hotel of the Year at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW’s Awards for Excellence.

Brad Jenkins, head of leisure at Lewis Land Group said: “It’s been a five-year journey for us since we changed from ‘The Mean Fiddler’ to ‘The Fiddler’ and changed our direction.

“We have so many different experiences at the venue, from accommodation, function facilities, dance space, the lounge and our phenomenal food service.

“It’s a combination of this and the everyday service and friendly nature that helped us win.

“We’ve been working with local people and community groups, and have been really focusing on the local area to drive more into the local economy.”

The Fiddler’s big win came shortly after the official opening of the new Mercure Hotel at The Fiddler Rouse Hill by Federal Minister and Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke alongside Chris Calvert, CEO of Lewis Land Group and Simon McGrath, Accor’s Chief Operating Officer Pacific.

The 78-room building designed by architect Mostaghim & Associates sits alongside the original 19th Century coaching inn on Windsor Rd.

Chris Calvert, CEO of Lewis Land Group which owns The Fiddler said the company was thrilled to be partnering with Accor to provide accommodation. “We have recently expanded the conference and business facilities within the Fiddler to ensure that we meet the requirements of the local and business community.“

Simon McGrath, Accor’s Chief Operating Officer Pacific, responsible for over 400 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia and Hawaii said: “The Lewis Land Group should be very proud of the long term investment they have made into the future of tourism in Western Sydney, and we look forward to enjoying a successful partnership together.”

Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said: “It is wonderful to see big businesses taking steps to call The Hills Shire home.”