Melbourne will stake a claim to Australia's second Hotel Indigo when the boutique brand opens its doors in the Docklands precinct in 2019.
Australia's first Hotel Indigo – which IHG describes as a "brand for the savvy individualist" – has already planted its hipster heels in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley for a late 2016 debut.
All 170 rooms in the Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands will boast "uninterrupted water views", promises IHG, and include access to a large resort-style pool and gym.
The property will be fronted by a street-facing neighbourhood restaurant and bar, split across two levels, with the hotel itself topped by 16 floors of 260 residential apartments.
The building has been designed by award-winning architects Fender Katsalidis, who have sculptured a seamless three-tiered tower that reflects its waterfront position and takes advantage of views facing upriver towards the Bolte Bridge.
Karin Sheppard, IHG's Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan, says she expects the hotel "to become a leading lifestyle hotel in Melbourne, differentiating itself from other hotel offerings in the city thanks to the brand’s entirely unique style."
"While we know Melbourne is seen as the world’s most liveable city, Docklands presents a Melbourne that is not just liveable, but gritty, with an eclectic style. Our Hotel Indigo guests will undoubtedly love exploring and being inspired by the area."