There's no shortage of high-end accommodation in Melbourne’s CBD, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down with many more five-star properties set to open overt the next 18 months. Here's what to look out for.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Location: Corner of Bourke Street and Little Queen Street, and walking distance to the central CBD shopping area.
Hilton’s main brand is making a comeback in Melbourne with the 244-room Little Queen Street hotel due for completion in late 2019.
Unlike the existing DoubleTree by Hilton on Flinders St, this new property will feature an Executive Lounge for guests booked or upgraded into Executive-level rooms, or Hilton Honors Diamond members staying in any room type.
W Hotel Melbourne
Location: 435 Collins Street, with entrances on William St, Market St and Flinders Lane as well. Close to both Flinders St Station and Docklands, as well as Crown Melbourne and Southbank.
Marriott’s chic and youthful W Hotels brand is planting its second Australian flag in Melbourne after the opening of the W Brisbane in 2018.
There are 294 guestrooms including 40 standard suites and one ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ – W’s version of a top-tier presidential suite – along with a bar and restaurant, a day spa, fitness centre and an indoor heated swimming pool.
The W Melbourne is currently scheduled to open in 2020.
AC Melbourne Southbank Hotel by Marriott
Location: 199 Normanby Rd, minutes walk away from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and a short tram ride to Southern Cross Station and the Melbourne CBD.
Joining Crown in the urban neighbourhood of Southbank is another new property by Marriott – the AC Hotel Melbourne.
The 200-room hotel will open in 2020 as part of a 40-storey mixed-development development called Normanby Melbourne.
It will feature the AC Lounge, an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool spanning the whole width of the building, a 24-hour fitness centre and two other food and beverage outlets.
Le Meridien Hotel Melbourne by Marriott
Location: 30 Bourke St, near the ‘theatre end’ of town. Close to Parliament House, Parliament Station and CBD shopping areas.
Sitting in the former footprint of The Palace Theatre in Bourke St, the Le Meridien Hotel will begin construction this year for an anticipated 2020 opening.
The 13-storey building will retain its art-deco façade and will contain over 230 rooms and a 90-seat all-day restaurant along with the usual fitness and swimming facilities.
Hyatt Centric Melbourne
Location: Corner of Downie St and Flinders Lane, close to Southern Cross Station, Docklands and Southbank.
Hyatt will launch another 5-star hotel under its boutique brand, Hyatt Centric (which is first due to open in Hobart later this year).
The Melbourne Hyatt Centric will have 280 guestrooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the Yarra River and Southbank.