Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

By David Flynn, June 7 2019
Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

Hilton will return to Melbourne with an all-new flagship Hilton Melbourne Square development at Southbank, due to open in 2023.

That location – flanked by Southbank's entertainment and arts precincts – isn't too far from the hotel group's former South Wharf site, which in July 2017 was rebranded as the Pan Pacific Melbourne.

The new Hilton Melbourne Square will offer 600 rooms, including 28 suites and one Presidential Suite.

– in Tower Five of the six-tower $2.8 billion development, which has been designed by Cox Architecture, the same firm behind city's recently-opened private jet terminal.

Photos: Step inside Melbourne's new private jet base


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


01 Jun 2016

Total posts 28

Thank goodness. The Doubletree is always booked out. The food is not good either.


14 Jun 2013

Total posts 353

Nice scoop AusBT! Melbourne deserves a 'proper' Hilton, just a shame we will have to wait this long for it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 362

Still amazes me that Melbourne went from three Hilton properties to zero in a relatively short space of time. To only have DoubleTree representation in a city the size of Melbourne is absurd. Would have thought Melbourne would be a great first entry into AU for a Conrad branded hotel.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 471

Well, a re-entry. There have been two Conrads in Australia - Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Bear in mind also that Conrads are generally (exclusively?) casino-based hotels.

23 Apr 2015

Total posts 6

No, not really. I cant think of any Conrads that are casino-based other than Macau, which shares the Cotai Sands casino with 3 other hotels. Maybe the Gold Coast one used to be??

Anyway, as a Hilton Diamond, I want a better option when I return to my home town than a doubletree where half the rooms have either no window, or a have one meter gap from the next building...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 471

Yes, the Gold Coast hotel opened as Conrad Jupiters in 1985, and the Brisbane Casino as Conrad Treasury in about 1996.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1248

Two examples are hardly persuasive empirical evidence to support your generalisation.

Conrad Cairo apparently, but other than that I agree, I wouldn't generally have associated Conrad with Casinos other than Macau,

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 362

Conrad casino based? Not likely apart from Macau. Can think of many that I have stayed in that are not casino based such as Singapore, HK, New York, Dubai, Koh Samui.....

03 Nov 2014

Total posts 90

The Star Gold Coast was originally Conrad Jupiters. It then was known simply as Jupiters before being renamed The Star. The Brisbane casino was originally Conrad Treasury, now just the Treasury Casino.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

Total posts 241

John, normally you're spot on but not today. I just stayed at the Conrad Istanbul and there was no casino in sight. Neither did the one in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Washington or London where I also stayed in 2018. Conrad is just another premium brand of Hilton and would be a welcome addition to any Australian city.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 416

No casino at the Co rad Miami or HKG or SIN etc,

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 150

So does this mean the rumoured take over of a Bourke St site by Hilton isn't happening anymore?

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

16 May 2011

Total posts 113

I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet, Melbourne is a hot market at the moment for hotel groups, Marriott is opening several hotels in Melbourne under its different brands. Remember that Hilton use to have 3 properties in Melbourne, so having 2 in the city area is not unheard-of.

02 Aug 2018

Total posts 15

Didn't they have the airport hilton (now Parkroyal), South Wharf (now Pan Pac) and Hilton on the Park (now Pullman) all running at the one time a few years ago.

Reminds me of when there were three Sheraton branded properties at once in Sydney then that kind of quickly collapsed in a heap.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 154

The first Hilton opened in 1974 in (East) Melbourne, built new. The General Manager for 10 years was the late Frank Christie, a Melbournian and perhaps the most respected GM of his time. Headhunted from Sydney by no less than Conrad Hilton Snr himself. It was for some years the best hotel in Melbourne. No Hilton property since in that city has come anywhere near it. I'm looking forward to this new one and hoping it will do so or even exceed.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2014

Total posts 174

So, this means there will be 3 Hilton properties in Melbourne (the Double Tree, the one planned for Little Queens St, and this one)?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

23 Apr 2019

Total posts 8

The Hilton on Little Queen St (and and Bourke Street) will well under construction. The lift core is up to level 10. It will open next year.

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