Hilton returns to Melbourne with Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

By Chris Chamberlin, April 9 2019

The Hilton Hotels brand will be revived in Melbourne later this year with the opening of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel in the city’s CBD.

The 244-room property will sit on the corner of Little Queen Street and Bourke Street, being within walking distance of Melbourne’s central shopping distance, and a short tram ride to the Docklands precinct, with construction already underway and due for completion in late 2019.

Business travellers will find an Executive Lounge at the hotel – welcoming guests booked into Executive-level rooms as well as Hilton Honors Diamond members staying in any room type – along with five meeting and event spaces, a gymnasium, plus a restaurant and bar.

The modern hotel building backs onto the heritage-listed Equity Chambers structure from 1931, known for its architectural style and Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing, which will be restored to its original condition as part of the build.

The Hilton Hotels brand exited Melbourne in late 2017 when the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hotel was rebranded as the Pan Pacific Melbourne, which followed an earlier rebranding of Hilton on the Park to the Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel.

This left the Victorian capital 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.

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M&L Hospitality, which currently manages the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne, will also run the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

sgb

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I'd be calling it Hilton Bourke Street, it faces bouirke street, lived in Melbourne all my life and never knew there was a Little Queen Street.

reeves35

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Is there a Little Queen Street? I thought only the E-W streets had "Little" in the Hoddle grid.

reeves35

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Just checked the map and can see where the location is, I thought that was Chancery Lane but apparently it is only Chancery Lane south of Bourke St and is Little Queen St north.

ewangiles

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As a Melburnian reading “Little Queen St” is very weird!

sgb

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What a marketing mess this will turn out to be, I wonder how many of our Taxi driver friends know Little Queen Street.

jginpil

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yeah well sometimes i wonder if the taxi driver will know bourke st..

IntegralMan

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Isn't M&L Hospitality the owner of the real estate; not the operator?

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Looks like most people have beaten me to it, but the one thing I got out of that article was. "There's a little Queen Street now?!"


sgb

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Yes, there actually is a Little Queen Street, it runs the entire short length of the western Boundary of the new Melbourne Hilton from Bourke to Little Bourke, which actually faces and is on Bourke Street. I cant imagine anyone wanting the property identified with the side lane as the actual address. Despite all the location confusion, it looks nice.

colin5353

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I only know it "Little Queen St" as the corner where the smokers used to hide when I worked at 460 Bourke St (the old Medicare office)

lind26

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There also used to be a Hilton at the Airport.

EdS

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Re-branding seems an odd word in that implies similar ownership. Take-over may be more appropriate. Pulman is part of Accor and Pan Pacific is GHA--nothing to do with Hilton. Similar to the Ryges at Darwin airport and Mercure at Geelong which have swapped ownership.

lind26

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It does seem strange that they used to have 3 in Melbourne, then none. Now they are returning slowly.

andyf

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So Melbournites, is this a good location?

anthony watts

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Bourke is a great address. Little Queen is just bizarre!

As for location, well, it " won't be far" from everything down town, but it's not exactly in the centre of things either.

sgb

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Smack bang in the middle of Bourke Street it's a great location, central to everything, it's only boutique sized, nothing like the monolith Hilton on the Park - East Melbourne was. Has a super tram stop right out front (free tram travel in CBD). It's a safe part of town, close to all action, well served by good amenities. Only the top 6 floors would have any chance of reasonable views, those unfortunate enough to be facing the now newly discovered and by now famous 'Little Queen Street' side could only be described as having dismal and rather grim views.

BTW, the artists impression shows a vehicle turning left into Little Queen Street from the north, that's impossible because Little Bourke Street traffic runs East West, not West East.

andyf

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It does appear to be 18 or 19 floors judging by the windows, so I would imagine a few hundred rooms - not giant, but taller than the DoubleTree and it looks wider too.

2 years ago we booked a table for 6 on my birthday and when we sat down the menu was handed over it had similar food, but when the food came it was cold, I checked with the staff, and realized executive chef was changed and asked why, then we were told it is not Hilton any more, obviously it showed on the plate.

We are very happy to hear the news. Was very sad when we realized that Hilton was sold.

My children loved the kids menu which was fabulous and we are anxiously waiting to dine.


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