RedEarth Hotel - Cnr Rodeo Drive & West Street, Mount Isa QLD Australia • Free Call: 1800 603 488 or (07) 4749 8888

About Us

Information and history about the RedEarth Boutique Hotel & Isa Hotel

Overview

The RedEarth Hotel, Queensland Hotels Association multiple award winner, provides superior luxurious accommodation in Mount Isa. Boasting 30 extra prestigious suites available in a mix of executive queen and king, spa suites and our luxurious presidential suite allowing guests plenty of room to relax and enjoy their surroundings. Located conveniently in the heart of Mount Isa CBD.

RedEarth & Isa Hotels

The construction of a unique air bridge in 2009 linking the RedEarth Hotel with the Isa Hotel, located next door enables guests’ convenient direct access to the newly renovated facilities of the Isa Hotel but also the first class facilities of the RedEarth Hotel including a superior room service menu as well as an exquisite restaurant and relaxing cocktail lounge.

cocktail-lounge

Entertainment & Dining

The RedEarth Cocktail Lounge can be located on the ground floor of the RedEarth Hotel near the Reception area. IOffering guests a relaxed first class environment with softly piped music, leather lounges and quality fixtures and features. The RedEarth Cocktail Lounge offers a wide variety of beverages including a range of cocktails, it is the ideal spot for a relaxing pre dinner drink or a well deserved break after a long trip.

A little history

The Isa & RedEarth Hotels are steeped in iconic Mount Isa history. Starting back with the establishment of Mount Isa Mines in January 1924, Mount Isa was transformed from a network of miner’s camps into a community. It was the year commerce began in earnest, and the year the community made important investments in infrastructure including accommodation, a general store, a school and a hospital. In 1926 the now known Isa Hotel was built by Samuel Allens when a team of tradesmen started erecting the Mount Isa Hotel on the corner of Miles and Marian Streets. It included coffee and dining rooms, saloon bar and lounge, and billiard room on the ground floor, with twenty-three bedrooms with balconies upstairs, stables and a garage at the rear. The Mount Isa Hotel was opened in September 1926 with Harry Smith as manager who installed a twelve block capacity ice plant to supply the needs of the hotel and the public. The availability of ice allowed several refreshment rooms to be opened, selling cool drinks and ice cream in the blistering heat of the summer. Locally known as the ‘Top Pub’ or Smith’s Pub and later ‘Mount Isa Hotel’.

With the extreme heat and social atmosphere it is no wonder Mount Isa also held the record for the consumption of more beer than any other similar town in the commonwealth. In October 1929, the price of beer became an issue within Mount Isa. A group calling itself the Beer Strike Committee demanded a 25% reduction in the price of drinks, calling for a boycott of the bars, and picketed the only 2 hotels in town, the Argent Hotel and Mount Isa hotel. Thankfully the boycott on businesses associated with the hotels was broken with Norm Smith’s introduction of the “Talkies” to Mount Isa in May 1930.

Later in October 1933 Mount Isa Mines shut down the entire plant suspending production. The shutdown had a devastating effect on workers, their families and the wider community. On receipt of termination notices and final pay, there were 1,400 people out of work including staff, with only a small number retained to provide security and ensure basic operation of power and water. The lucky ones were able to secure train tickets. By mid-November 1933, the town quickly commenced to have a deserted appearance as so many were leaving but there were some who chose to stay. Those who stayed, majority had their meals at the Mount Isa Hotel. While the 2 hotels in town at the time initially did a roaring trade, the gloom deepened when both the Mount Isa hotel and Argent Hotel ran out of beer. The mine later re-opened in January 1934 and pace too slowly began to again flourish.

In 1949 accommodation at the Mount Isa Hotel was priced at a casual accommodation rate of £4/4/- per week or £3/10/- a week for permanent board. The bullring of the Mt. Isa Hotel, a square wooden floor area located just off the saloon bar where many arguments were settled with flying fists, it even resembled a boxing ring, although its primary purpose was to provide ventilation in the centre of the big hotel building.

During 1949-1952 the price of lead was the highest ever know in Mount Isa, which in turn was being poured back into the town with fifty-seven new businesses established over this 2 year period. One of which included Boyd’s Hotel now known as the RedEarth Boutique Hotel. Boyd’s Hotel which took 2 years to build at a cost of over £100,000 opened its doors at 2pm on Friday November 16th 1951. By 5pm the crowd had doubled with an influx of town and mine workers and by 7pm the beer was off. The new Boyd’s Hotel was the third hotel/pub venue in Mount Isa at the time to serve the ever growing township. Between April and October, 1953, 456 arrests were made with the majority constituting public order offences. It was estimated that there were between 500 to 600 people in each of the hotel bars on any given Saturday night, with approximately 700 gallons of beer consumed per hotel. Boyd’s Hotel launched by James Boyd was known ‘as the hotel with a reading lamp on every bed and hot water in every room, luxuries unknown in the west at the time’.

While Boyd’s Hotel was considered a fine new establishment, the same cannot be said for the pluto bar and lounge located at the back of Boyd’s Hotel. Infamous throughout the 1970’s and better known and nicknamed by locals as the “Snakepit”. This rough and ready watering hole was recognised by all who congregated there while indulging in vast amounts of liquor, with many trying to borrow money from anyone who walked through the door and stopped at the bar counter. Slang for borrowing money at the time was known “to bite you for a quid” with many “on the bite” this is how it became known as the snake pit.

Boyd’s Hotel was originally owned by James Boyd in 1951; Following Jim’s death his son Marshall Boyd inherited Boyd’s Hotel. Marshall’s son Graham Boyd also ran the family owned Boyd’s Hotel before it was sold in late 2006 to another Mount Isa family owned and operated business – The Hakfoort Group and renovations started straight away developing this beautiful Queenslander style building into a boutique 4.5 star hotel which was located next to the Mount Isa Hotel.

Previously in 2002 the long standing hotel and venue in Mount Isa, the Mount Isa Hotel was too purchased by the Hakfoort Group, a family owned and operated chain of hotels all located in Queensland. The link with Mount Isa for the Hakfoort Group was not only a move of good business sense for this expanding city, but for the Hakfoort Group it was also one filled with history. A link to what had been considered home to the Hakfoort Family for more than 20 years, it was a connection to the people of Mount Isa and the opportunity to give back to those who were once neighbours, school friends and friendly faces. Shortly after its purchase stage 1 of an extensive 2 stage refurbishment commenced, adding twenty-six guest rooms to create a forty guest room hotel with thoughtful touches and newly updated surroundings.

For a more recent history on the Isa and RedEarth Boutique Hotels renovations and developments please see our next section titled; The Best of both worlds – Isa & RedEarth Boutique Hotel.

The best of both worlds - RedEarth & Isa Hotels

After the purchase of the RedEarth Boutique Hotel in 2006 located on the corner of Rodeo Drive and West Street ,the already owned Isa Hotel of Miles Street since 2002 were redeveloped by the family owned and operated Hakfoort Group to provide the heart of Mount Isa; the outback mining capital, with a mix of luxury and affordable accommodation and a precinct of entertainment with first-class quality gaming along with an almost unheard of choice of food and dining previously not available outside the capital cities.

In 2007 with the newly purchased Boyd’s Hotel located next door to the Isa Hotel underwent a large extensive renovation and remodel. The RedEarth Boutique Hotel was reopened to the public in 2009. Offering guests a touch of luxury within the Outback City. Boasting 30 luxurious rooms, ranging from Deluxe Suites, Sofa Suites and Spa Suites but not forgetting the; luxurious Presidential Suite which promises guests’ the highest quality accommodation available in Mount Isa. Each suite within the RedEarth Boutique Hotel was fitted with the finest quality fixtures, matched with antique furniture and completed with silk quilt covers. In Addition guests enjoy free Wi-Fi along with superior room service plus the availability of function and corporate facilities, a luxurious cocktail lounge and prestigious restaurant.

Along with the newly reopened RedEarth Hotel this 2009 reopening showcased the amalgamation of the RedEarth Boutique Hotel and the Isa Hotel via a large outdoor covered deck allowing patrons to access to both hotels and their facilities. A joint reception desk located on the RedEarth Hotel ground floor was put in place with extended opening hours and the ease of access to enjoy both the RedEarth & Isa hotels. The two licenced hotels combined provided an abundance of entertainment, dining options and a centrally located accommodation precinct with a total of 70 rooms and suites combined.

During 2008 & 2009 the RedEarth Hotel was awarded the 2008 & 2009 Queensland Hotel Association (QHA) for Excellence Award for Best Superior Accommodation Hotel. August 2012 launched the opening of a new cocktail lounge within the RedEarth Boutique Hotel offering locals and hotels guests an upmarket cocktail lounge to enjoy from 5pm 7 days a week.

In late 2013 the Isa Hotel Gaming Lounge was freshly renovated and refurbished with the addition of a lounge bar. Located on the ground floor of the Isa Hotel this new gaming lounge is like none you have seen. That is unless you happen to be in the notoriously famous gaming central of the world… Las Vegas. Patrons are welcomed by a modern and alluring ambience offering the best facilities in the Mount Isa area. Daily and major gaming jackpots and promotions, 45 state of the art electronic machines, Keno, ATM & EFTPOS facilities along with the best service in town. A full bar and lounge are easily accessible and at your disposal with an extensive range of single malts & premium spirits readily available, along with complimentary barista coffee, soft drinks & delicious Tim-tams while you play. This renovated was awarded the 2014 Queensland Hotels Association award for best Gaming Room.

October 2013 construction began for the development of Mount Isa’s largest bottle shop, located beside the Isa Hotel called Liquor Warehouse. Custom designed, developed and built with one streamline goal: to sell alcohol in a manner that is unrivalled in Western Queensland. The design, layout and features of the Liquor Warehouse store have all been created for the public. Opening its doors in May 2014 Liquor Warehouse offered Mount Isa the biggest range and best value of alcohol brands in Mount Isa. Mount Isa has a large population of transient people that are accustomed to the facilities they can visit in larger cities and this was one facility that had been sadly lacking in Mount Isa until Liquor Warehouse opened. Open 7 days a week 10am till midnight and offering customer’s weekly tastings at our exclusive in store tasting counter, largest variety of beer, wine and spirits in Mount Isa, Value for money, exquisite customer service and an enjoyable shopping experience.

During January 2016 the popular Rodeo Bar & Grill restaurant closed its doors for 5 weeks period while undergoing a full internal remodel and design. Opening back up to the public in mid-February 2016 patrons were greeted with a beautiful aesthetically pleasing Rodeo Themed look. The renovation of the Rodeo Bar & Grill at the Isa Hotel embraced Mount Isa’s well known roots as the Rodeo Capital city of Australia with a palette of warm earthy tones and décor that mimics the moments of our countries outback heritage, as seen in the multi-layered textured surfaces and embracing the dramatic feature of the main bar with its rough rodeo themed appearance. Our customers are our top priority in all of the changes made at the Rodeo Bar & Grill and while these renovations were underway we took the 5 week closure period to our focus staff and training, instilling the important of continuing to give each and every customer a quality experience while embracing our surrounds and offering top quality meals and atmosphere for each and every guest.

Early 2016 also boasting a new refit for the RedEarth Hotel cocktail lounge with new luxurious corner booths, added tables and a renovated look and feel adding both a modern and luxurious vibe to the RedEarth Hotel cocktail Lounge.

The RedEarth Boutique hotel accommodation was awarded the 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The Isa Hotel and RedEarth Boutique Hotel will continue to grow and offer our guests the very best of quality and service while keeping our motto alive. Isa Hotel and RedEarth Boutique Hotel; setting a high standard in regional Hospitality.

thai-restaurant

The new RedEarth Thai Restaurant & Takeaway is NOW OPEN and can be located on the ground floor of the RedEarth Hotel near the reception desk. RedEarth Thai restaurant & takeaway offers diners an authentic and enticing culinary Thai journey, dishing up the best Thai cuisine in Queensland’s North West. Join us for dining at our welcoming restaurant or choose takeaway and sample these mouth-watering dishes today. Phone: (07) 4749 8888

Available for takeaway Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm and restaurant dining Tuesday – Saturday 6pm-9pm

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History of the RedEarth Hotel, Mount Isa

Located in the heart of Mount Isa you will find the popular RedEarth Hotel and Isa Hotel. The unique set-up of these two neighbouring hotels allows guests a mix of luxury and affordable accommodation in a precinct of entertainment with first-class quality gaming and an almost unheard of choice of food and dining options. Previously only available in the coastal capital cities. Both Hotels have received extensive refurbishments since purchased by the family owned Hakfoort Group in the mid 2000’s. One of which changed the outlook of these two hotels was the 2009 refurbishment. Joining both hotels via the construction of an air bridge and large alfresco deck. This amalgamation offered convenient access to the facilities of both hotels, allowing guests to experience the best of both worlds; be it an authentic Thai meal from RedEarth Thai Restaurant & Takeaway or a thirst quenching cocktail in the RedEarth Cocktail lounge or a cold schooner in the Rodeo Themed Rodeo Bar & Grill of the Isa Hotel.

The award winning RedEarth Hotel hotel prides itself on setting a new standard in regional hospitality and indeed that it does. Offering guests a touch of luxury within the Outback City. Boasting 30 luxurious rooms, ranging from Deluxe Suites, Sofa Suites and Spa Suites but not forgetting the; luxurious Presidential Suite which promises guests’ the highest quality accommodation available in Mount Isa. Fitted with the finest quality fixtures, matched with antique furniture and completed with silk quilt covers. In addition guests enjoy free Wi-Fi along with superior room service plus the availability of function and corporate facilities, a luxurious cocktail lounge and prestigious restaurant. RedEarth Hotel is a popular choice with business and corporate clientele plus those looking for a touch of grandeur.

Awarded the 2008 & 2009 QHA for Excellence Award for Best Superior Accommodation Hotel. Plus awarded the 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.