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.