The $41 million hotel room proposed for the eastern side of Wollongong's CBD could accommodate between 480 and 800 people but, under the current plans, will only have space for 121 cars.
The full details of the new plans for a 241 room, 4.5 star hotel on Burelli Street, unveiled late last year, are now on public exhibition through Wollongong City Council.
Included is a traffic and parking impact report, which details why more car spaces are unnecessary for the new building - which has been touted as a solution to the city's accommodation shortage during large events and tourism drawcards.
According to the report, developers are required to provide a minimum of 165 car spaces for a hotel of this size, but have instead elected to propose a shortfall of 44 cars as the council's requirements are "excessive".
It highlights a separate car parking calculation included in Wollongong's City Centre local environment plan chapter, which, while not strictly applicable to the hotel proposal, would require 0.5 parking spaces per hotel room - giving 121 spaces.
"This hotel parking rate for the Wollongong City Centre is considered an appropriate parking rate for this development considering its central location within the Wollongong City Centre and proximity to a range of local facilities and attractions," the report says.
Other patrons, and people who want to use the restaurant, bar and cafe proposed for the ground floor "can be accommodated within existing CBD parking facilities", the report says.
The 33 staff to be employed at the hotel will be catered for via 12 parking spaces, the plans say, and they will also be encouraged to use alternative modes of transport.
The hotel car park will be stacked above-ground on four levels at the western side of the building, and accessed through a two-way driveway off Burelli Street.
As well as providing significantly more details, the plans also reveal how the new streetscape of Burelli and Corrimal Street will look with the slender 14-storey structure in place.
In photomontages with the plans, the council administration building - which has previously enjoyed panoramic ocean views from the Lord Mayor's and general manager's floor - will be almost completely blocked off from the ocean by the hotel.
The boxy windows which cover the tower will also be visible from Flagstaff Hill peeking out behind other existing high-rise buildings.
According to an architectural report, the hotel's design is inspired by the history of Wollongong, drawing inspiration from several masonry corner hotels in the CBD - including Hotel Illawarra, the Grand Hotel and the former Crown Hotel.
The materials which will be used will draw inspiration from the beach, Wollongong's lighthouses, the new city court house and the industrial look of the Corrimal Cokeworks, the plans say.
This will create "a new urban corner", with the hope that the hotel bar and restaurant proposed for the ground floor will extend the Corrimal Street dining precinct by introducing a "Sydney-style" city bar.