Le Méridien Melbourne to open in March

With a chic restaurant and rooftop pool, the Marriott hotel will be right at home on Melbourne’s Bourke Street.

By Chris Ashton, December 8 2022
Le Méridien Melbourne to open in March

Paris-born hotel group Le Méridien is setting the stage for a triumphant return to Australian shores early next year, when the Art Deco-inspired Le Méridien Melbourne – nestled at the theatre end of Bourke Street – opens its doors from March 8.

It won’t be the first time Le Méridien has called the Victorian capital home though, with the French brand previously attached to The Rialto on Collins Street, now the InterContinental Melbourne. 

The rooftop pool is destined to be a popular hangout.
The rooftop pool is destined to be a popular hangout.

Expanding on the theatrical heritage of its new home at 20 Bourke St, with a cinema, nightclub and theatre a few of its past iterations of the site, the 235-room and suite hotel boasts a show stopping rooftop pool with city views and high-impact art installations, all hidden behind its restored 1912 façade.

A first look at the hotel's ground-floor restaurant and bar.
A first look at the hotel's ground-floor restaurant and bar.

Coming full circle to its original interpretation as a hotel in the 1850s, architecture firm Peddle Thorp has created a contemporary hotel with an eye on the past, incorporating elements of mid-century modernism, while adding subtle references to Melbourne’s cultural scene

A sophisticated ground floor restaurant and bar with velvet booths and deep, leather armchairs is destined to be a popular stop before heading out for a show, while the casual cafe will satisfy guests’ sweet tooths and caffeination needs.

Le Méridien Melbourne marks the second time the brand has called the city home.
Le Méridien Melbourne marks the second time the brand has called the city home.

In addition to the expansive pool deck – adorned with sun lounges, along with various seating options tailor-made for soaking in the skyline – the luxury Melbourne hotel also includes a cosy gymnasium, along with various meeting and function rooms.

Sean Hunt – Marriott Area Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific – hails Melbourne as the “ideal home for the relaunch of Le Méridien in Australia”, citing the hotel’s immersive arts and cultural program as a perfect fit within the city’s theatre district.

Guests will be able to work off a few calories from the restaurant at an onsite gym.
Guests will be able to work off a few calories from the restaurant at an onsite gym.

Upon opening, Le Méridien Melbourne will boost Marriott Bonvoy’s Australian portfolio to 29 hotels, with upcoming additions including W Sydney, and the St Regis and Ritz Carlton, which are both earmarked for a Gold Coast debut in the coming years.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Jun 2019

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So good to see new hotels have a bigger focus on the gym. When I travel for work this is the main thing I look for. Cannot wait to see it once it has opened. 

24 Aug 2011

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With so many brands in these global hotel groups' portfolios it is confusing to actually understand where they are positioned.  Using Marriott as an example, I am confused how W, Westin, Le Meridien, JW Marriott, Sheraton, Renaissance, Ritz Carlton and St Regis align against one another.  Their website makes it even more confusing with groupings such as Classic Luxury, Distinctive Luxury, Classic Premium and Distinctive Premium

This confusion is not limited to Marriott however with the same issues occurring with IHG and Accor and their smorgasbords of brands.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

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I drive past most days and have been thinking the opening was "imminent", I'm actually surprised it is so far away!

Looks more than a biut different to the first night club I ever went to when i was... err... 16


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