The Hilton Hotels brand will return to Melbourne this month with the opening of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street property in the city’s CBD.
Residing on the corner of Bourke Street and the lesser-known Little Queen Street, the 244-room hotel makes its debut on Monday March 22, with the first guests able to check-in from midday.
The city location puts the property at an 11-minute walk from Southern Cross Station, while also being within walking distance of Melbourne’s central shopping district and a short tram ride away from the Docklands precinct.
Guests will know they've arrived in Melbourne before reaching the check-in counter, with art curated by Melbourne-based collaborative Juddy Roller.
Distinct from the many subtler works is a large and colourful mural by local artists Kitt Bennett and David Lee Pereira, found at the hotel's Little Queen St laneway entrance.
That artistic vibe continues in the guestrooms, displaying works by local photographer Roger Arnall, complemented by a modern design palette incorporating marble stone finishes, and upholstery hues of navy, taupe and royal blue.
This ethos carries forward into the bathrooms as well, where brass fittings complement the marble stone.
Looking for an Executive Lounge? You'll find one here in the future, but not when the hotel first opens.
As such, Executive Rooms and Executive Suites (as would normally provide access) are not being sold here in the short term.
Still, the hotel's modern building backs onto the heritage-listed Equity Chambers structure from 1931, known for its architectural style and Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing: restored to its original condition as part of the build.
On the dining front, Luci restaurant will serve a modern Australian menu with hints of Italian and broader European influence, while The Douglas Club cocktail bar will mix both classic and modern cocktails.
An on-site fitness centre is also at-hand, with multiple meeting and event spaces available for individual booking.
This followed an earlier rebranding of Hilton on the Park to the Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel.
Melbourne was then left with only the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne hotel – a full-service yet lower-tier property in the Hilton family absent of an Executive Lounge: and in some cases, windows in the rooms.