RedEarth Hotel - Cnr Rodeo Drive & West Street, Mount Isa QLD Australia • Free Call: 1800 931 235 or (07) 4749 8888
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Information and history about the RedEarth Boutique Hotel & Isa Hotel

Overview

The RedEarth Boutique Hotel offers an award-winning range 4.5 star luxury suites in the heart of Mount Isa. With 30 rooms available in an array of sizes, guests will enjoy plenty of room to relax, with luxurious fittings and finishes. Facilities onsite offer all you need by way of food and drink, to make your stay at RedEarth Boutique Hotel one to remember.

Guest Facilities

For guests’ convenience, RedEarth Boutique Hotel is home to Super Cellars bottle shop, RedEarth Cocktail Lounge, and an outstanding Thai restaurant. We offer superior room service, complimentary wifi for all guests, and easy access to the Rodeo Bar and Bistro in Isa Hotel, an award-winning games room, large alfresco deck with children’s play area and extensive dining menu.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Rodeo Bar and Bistro onsite at the Isa Hotel offers an award-winning games room, large alfresco deck with children’s play area and extensive dining menu.

Or why not try some Thai? The RedEarth Thai Restaurant and Takeaway offers diners an authentic and enticing culinary journey, dishing up the best Thai cuisine in Queensland’s North West.

Feeling lucky? Visit the award-winning Isa Gaming Room and Lounge, and take your chance on the best facilities in the Mount Isa region.

A little history

The Isa & RedEarth Hotels are pillars in Mount Isa history, dating back to the early 1900s.
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 community began making important investments in infrastructure. This included accommodation, a general store, a school and a hospital.
In 1926 the now known Isa Hotel was built on the corner of Miles and Marian Street, by Samuel Allens and his team of tradesmen. The hotel originally boasted coffee and dining rooms, a saloon bar and lounge, and a billiard room on the ground floor, with twenty-three bedrooms with balconies upstairs, and stables and a garage at the rear.
The grand opening was in September of 1926 with a man named Harry Smith as manager. Smith went on to install an 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 the hotel was later named ‘Mount Isa Hotel’.
With the extreme heat and social atmosphere, it is no wonder Mount Isa also held the record for the highest consumption of beer amongst similar towns in the Commonwealth.
In October 1929, the price of beer became an issue in Mount Isa. A group self-named the Beer Strike Committee demanded a 25% reduction in the price of drinks, calling for a boycott of the bars. They picketed the only 2 hotels in town, the Argent Hotel and Mount Isa Hotel. The boycott lasted just over 6 months, ending with Norm Smith’s introduction of the “tallies” to Mount Isa in May 1930.
In October 1933, Mount Isa Mines shut down the entire plant, permanently terminating production.
The shutdown had a devastating effect on workers, their families and the wider community. Around 1,400 people were out of work, and essentially stranded in Mount Isa. The lucky ones were able to secure train tickets, and Mount Isa quickly came to resemble a ghost town. For those who stayed, the Mount Isa Hotel became the main watering hole for meals, and beer. While the Mount Isa Hotel and Argent hotel saw a roaring trade in the beginning, the gloom soon deepened when both ran out of beer.
The mine re-opened in January 1934, and the town slowly began to return to its normal pace of life.
In 1949 accommodation options at the Mount Isa Hotel ranged from a casual nightly rate, to a weekly rate for permanent board.
The bullring, a square wooden floor area located just off the saloon bar, was initially built to provide ventilation to the centre of the large hotel building, but quickly became a makeshift boxing ring, where many arguments were settled with flying fists.
During 1949-1952 the price of lead had sky-rocketed, and the money was being poured back into Mount Isa by the way of 57 new businesses.
One of these was Boyd’s Hotel, build by James Boyd, which we now know as the RedEarth Boutique Hotel.
Boyd’s Hotel which took 2 years to build, at a cost of over £100,000 and opened its doors for the first time at 2pm on Friday November 16th 1951. By 5pm the bar was crowded with an influx of townsfolk and mine workers, and by 7pm the beer had run dry.
The third hotel in Mount Isa at the time, Boyd’s Hotel was built to serve the ever-growing, every thirsty township.
Between April and October, 1953, 456 arrests were made in Mount Isa, 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 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, it was known to locals as the “Snakepit”.
This rough-and-ready watering hole got its nickname through popular slang at the time. In the 1970s, a popular term for borrowing money was to “bite you a quid” with those who owed money being “on the bite”.
The Snakepit was known to all as a place filled with people “on the bite”, often indulging in vast amounts of liquor, with many trying to borrow money from anyone who walked through the door.
Following James Boyd’s death, his son Marshall Boyd inherited and ran the hotel for many years, succeeded by his son Graham. Boyd’s Hotel sold in late 2006 to another Mount Isa family owned and operated business – The Hakfoort Group, who had purchased the Mount Isa hotel four years prior.
Renovations started straight away to develop the Queenslander-style building into a boutique 4.5 star hotel.
The Hakfoort Group was a family owned and operated group with hotels across Queensland. Shortly after purchasing the hotels, refurbishment to add 26 new rooms (bringing capacity to 40 guest rooms) and updating the décor and surroundings.
In early 2018 Queensland Pub Group, part of a privately-owned Australian hotel and property group, acquired the RedEarth Boutique Hotel, Isa Hotel and Liquor Warehouse. Built over a period of more than 60 years and with a heritage originating in the Northern Territory and Queensland outback, the group has been leading projects that have brought vital infrastructure and amenities to communities since the 1950’s.

Timeline - Our History in Mount Isa

1926 – Isa Hotel is opened, under the name of the Mount Isa Hotel
1951 – Boyd’s Hotel (now known as RedEearth Hotel) opens
2002 – Hakfoort Group purchase the Mount Isa Hotel and renames it Isa Hotel
2003 – Refurbishment of Isa Hotel upper level begins, adding 16 new accommodation rooms and suites
2006 – Boyd’s Hotel is purchased and renamed RedEarth Boutique Hotel
2007 – Stage 2 of refurbishment begins at both hotels, adding 100 car spaces, three new bars, a new gaming room, modern Rodeo Bar & Grill bistro, fine dining a la carte restaurant and a covered beer garden with three designated smoking areas.
2008 – Isa Hotel and RedEarth reopen to the public as an amalgamated offering joined by a large, outdoor deck and a main reception desk to service both hotels with a total of 70 rooms and suites.
2008 – RedEarth wins the Queensland Hotels Association award for best superior accommodation
2009 – RedEarth again wins the Queensland Hotels Association award for best superior accommodation
2012 – the RedEarth Cocktail Lounge is opened, offering locals and guests an upmarket lounge open 7 days a week.
2012 – Isa Hotel wins Best Employee Guest Services from Queensland Hotel Group
2013 – Isa Hotel Gaming Lounge is refurbished, and construction begins for Liquor Warehouse
2013 – Isa Hotel is a finalist for Best Midrange Accommodation (3.5 stars) Award from Queensland Hotel Group
2014 – Liquor Warehouse opens, and becomes Mount Isa’s largest bottle shop
2014 – Isa Hotel Gaming Lounge is awarded Queensland Hotels Association award for Best Gaming Venue
2015 – Isa Hotel wins Best Marketed Hotel from Queensland Hotels Association
2015 – Liquor Warehouse wins Best Retail Bottle Facility from Queensland Hotels Association
2016 – Rodeo Bar & Grill is refurbished and reopens with a new, extensive menu and improved surrounds
2018 – Queensland Pub Group purchases both hotels and Liquor Warehouse

thai-restaurant

The new RedEarth Thai Restaurant and Takeaway offers diners an authentic and enticing culinary journey, dishing up the best Thai cuisine in Queensland’s North West. Join us for dining at our welcoming restaurant on the ground floor of the RedEarth hotel, or sample our mouth-watering dishes from the comfort of your room or home with our takeaway service. Takeaway is available Tuesday – Saturday from 5pm – 9pm, and restaurant dining is available 6pm – 9pm. Phone (07) 4749 8888 to book or order.

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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.