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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Discussion > Melbourne Hotel News & Developments

I've compiled a few Melbourne Hotels proposals on here, feel free to post edit, update the thread on any of the hotels. Post news about new hotel proposals here. Melbourne's Hotel scene is seeing a resurgence after stagnant Hotel growth in the past couple of years, this was lead by Sheraton opening their new Sheraton Melbourne Hotel on Lt Collins Street earlier this year. We are starting to see large International hotel chains, especially those in the luxury segment, take notice of Melbourne more, and are looking to tap into the Melbourne market, where occupancy rates are at about 80% year round.





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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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W hotel isn't happening. Guy has put in 20m height restrictions hasn't he?
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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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^ I'm not too sure myself, but it seems the developer (Jingshan?) is trying to push for the project to go ahead, at what height, not sure.
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Good post Soorox....

Any idea whats happening with the facade of the Sofitel on ground level (Collins Street)... a bit of scaffolding about.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 09:57 AM   #5
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They're doing quite a big upgrade (including the 2 level Zenga store).
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Old September 24th, 2014, 02:51 AM   #6
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Melbourne hotels set to follow apartment boom

The flood of apartment towers planned for Melbourne could see a corresponding peak in supply of new hotel rooms, the city's official construction monitor shows. About 4500 hotel rooms will be added to the market over the next four years if the 23 projects with a hotel component being monitored by Melbourne City Council come to fruition. The surge in supply suggests Melbourne may overtake Sydney as the leading occupancy provider in Australia within a relatively short time. Sydney has 20,000 hotel rooms, about 1000 fewer than it had 14 years ago. By contrast, Melbourne added 4200 rooms over the past decade, taking its total to 18,840, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's July register. Another 4500 would push it past its northern neighbour.

Only 75 per cent of all rooms tracked by JLL were expected to be completed, head of hotel research Karen Wales said. "The chances of them all proceeding, I would say, are pretty slim," Ms Wales said. Feasibility challenges, planning hitches and other issues will affect delivery with some already hitting hurdles. Jinshan Investments' proposal for a 50-metre tall luxury W-Hotel on the Palace Theatre site were scuttled in June by Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy over height concerns in the Bourke Hill heritage precinct. Other proposed projects have also sparked heritage concerns in the city. AXF Property Group gained approval for a 70-level, mixed-use building with 200 hotel rooms at 180 Russell Street that will see it demolish one of the city's earliest examples of Brutalist architecture, the Total Car Park.

The Windsor and W-Hotel, as well as other proposed projects at 150 Flinders Street, 97 Franklin Street, 95 Flinders Lane, 180 Russell Street, 63 Exhibition Street and 80 Collins Street, will add about 1577 rooms to the eastern end of the CBD. Developers may be looking to capitalise on a recent surge in tourist numbers which, midway through this year, pushed hotel occupancy in Sydney and Melbourne close to 90 per cent, at or near capacity several nights a week, according to Deloitte Access Economics. Room rates and RevPAR (revenue per available room) were growing at twice their decade average, Deloitte's Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook said. The closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre to make way for a new space opening in 2016 in Darling Harbour has boosted Melbourne's accommodation sector.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre had its most successful month in history in August, hosting more than 100 events with 87,600 delegates and turning away 19.5 per cent of new business due to lack of available space. Keeping pace with the convention centre are a number of proposed projects in Southbank where the development monitor lists close to 1000 rooms at 168 and 334 City Road, 1-7 Queens Bridge Street and 70 Southbank Boulevard. The city's west will also see a significant surge of nine projects and 1756 rooms. An influx of Asian-based developers who favour mixed-use projects with the brand cache of a hotel may affect the supply mix. Slow sales in residential buildings may result in more hotel rooms. "If they are unable to sell as residential, those apartments would flip into short-stay stock," Ms Wales said. The latest Hotels.com index put Melbourne's average room rate at $172.
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AXF Property Group gained approval for a 70-level, mixed-use building with 200 hotel rooms at 180 Russell Street that will see it demolish one of the city's earliest examples of Brutalist architecture, the Total Car Park.

Thank god that piece of ugly **** is coming down at last.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #8
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i really like the "w" original one
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AXF Property Group gained approval for a 70-level, mixed-use building with 200 hotel rooms at 180 Russell Street that will see it demolish one of the city's earliest examples of Brutalist architecture, the Total Car Park.

Thank god that piece of ugly **** is coming down at last.
They haven't gained approval, and the building was recently added to the Victorian Heritage Register, something that the developers are taking to court next year, this article is wrong
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Double Tree By Hilton to open November 30, will be the 3rd Hilton Group property in Melbourne, after Hilton on the Park and Hilton South Wharf.

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New DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne: Flinders Street hotel to open in December
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Hilton HHonors members travelling to Melbourne will have a new, central accommodation option come December with the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne: Flinders Street hotel.

The 180-room property takes over from the current Accor Citigate Melbourne hotel, with extensive renovations to the lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and bedrooms already underway.

A great base for leisure and business travellers, the hotel is centrally-located in Melbourne’s CBD on Flinders Street – just across from the historic Flinders Street station and Federation Square.

Hilton’s current Melbourne hotels – Hilton South Wharf and Hilton on the Park – aren’t well-situated for CBD visitors, with the former anchored over near the Convention and Exhibition Centre, while the latter is opposite the MCG and Rod Laver Arena.

Guests at the hotel will enjoy a warm cookie on arrival, along with 24-hour business and fitness centres, meeting rooms with space for up to 70 guests and free Internet access in public areas, with a restaurant and bar also found in the lobby of the hotel.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne: Flinders Street hotel is added to DoubleTree’s existing roster of hotels in Australia, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns hotel – opened earlier this month.

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Exciting Times Ahead For Australia’s Hotel Industry

Australia’s hotel industry will undergo a rejuvenation of room inventory in major markets on a scale not seen since the early 1990s. New stock, planned for many of Australia’s leading cities, will reinvigorate the hotel industry and provide travellers with a variety of new property styles and brands not previously seen on the Australian hotel landscape. Stephen Burt, Managing Director of Hotels, Asia Pacific for Colliers International sad this is an exciting time for the hotel industry. “There are a range of new five star, boutique, lifestyle and luxury budget hotels planned across Australia’s major markets,”Mr Burt said. According to Mr Burt, many of the major hotel operators have recognised the need to become more flexible in their offerings and provide a product influenced by local factors rather than the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

“In the past, major international hotel operators have developed their brands around key offerings, and consequently their hotels in Melbourne have been identical to their hotels in Chicago, or Mumbai. However, operators are now realising travellers are demanding a more local experience. “So while all the back-end systems will be the same, the hotel itself will be more sympathetic to its local environment, showcasing all of the local artwork, products, attractions and geographic features specific to the hotel’s location. These brands are allowing their hotels to express their own spirit. Examples include Accor’s Sofitel So brand, Marriott’s Autograph Collection, IHG’s Hotel Indigo and Starwood’s Aloft Hotels,” Mr Burt said.

Mr Burt predicts there will be winners and losers in the rollout of the new brands and inventory. “The winners will clearly be hotel customers and the conference market as they will offer greater diversity of room product. The new upscale product is also critical for the industry overall as the average room rates escalate beyond the tepid growth experienced in the last twenty years, despite the strong market occupancies. “The losers will be hotel owners that have not kept pace with the refurbishment cycle and hotels with brands that do not adequately differentiate what they stand for in an environment full of new robust brands.”

Mr Burt said the total returns from the hotel sector have outperformed other major commercial property sectors over the medium-term, having averaged 11.7 per cent over the past five years, compared with 9.5 per cent for industrial, 9.0 per cent for retail and 8.7 per cent for the office sector. “With such strong returns from the sector, increased visitor numbers and a wave of capital coming into Australia to invest in this asset class, the time is right for the industry to reinvigorate. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to undergo a transformation,” said Mr Burt. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1990s, when many of the major hotel brands revamped their offerings. What we are about to see in the hotel industry right now will be comparable to that period of major rejuvenation.”
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Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is getting expanded, thankfully that surface carpark will be built over. Posting in here because the old thread is archived and this includes a hotel.

Large expansion, probably that proposed curved extension to Jeff's Shed and perhaps more seating/lecture halls for the convention building to properly join the two together. Development will include a second hotel tower for the site.

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THE Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be expanded to keep up with increasing demand for event space.

The State Government has entered negotiations with a private contractor to expand the facility by up to 30 per cent into the carpark area at DFO South Wharf.

The nine to ten thousand square metre expansion is expected to include additional exhibition space, a new hotel, retail space and car parking.

Premier Denis Napthine said the MCEC was turning away 20 per cent of potential clients because of its lack of capacity.

“Business event generate economic benefits of around $1.2 billion each year to Victoria,” Dr Napthine said.

He said the Government was willing to contribute up to $350 million to the expansion.
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Perfect site for a 300m+ tower over the top of the extended exhibition centre
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Any chance they could built on the roof of the Exhibition centre? Could not think of a better spot for a green roof.

Good news anyway, the giant car park needs to go.
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The exhibition centre roof is leightweight, nothing will go ontop of that, even a smallish garden would be a massive load.

It was designed so the convention floor has no supports in the way, no columns or internal walls (other than the wall separating the hallway) to take up space.
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I've always though they should build over Normanby Road behind.

Banks of escalators at the rear of the current building would take exhibition goers up to a 2nd level of exhibition space, which could be about 50% floor space increase.

East facade would provide a long curved external pedestrian ramp up and over Normanby Rd over to Whiteman/Clarendon Streets and Metropol. The ramp could also provide pedestrian access to multiple levels of the tall brick building along side of the Exhibition building - Tea House? (hope thats the right name) That complex intersection is a night mare for pedestrians as it is.

The existing delivery spaces to the rear of the current exhibiton building could be pushed all the way back to Normanby Road and either forklift ramps or fright lifts installed.

The roof would need to be designed so not to reflect light/heat into Whiteman apartments and to maximise their views.

The new building should incorporate a new tram stop on Whiteman street as a better base for the tram car restaurant.

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I wonder if Labor will match this commitment.

Hard to read into too much in an election campaign, as anything is up in the air until a decision is made.

Will be great to see it expanded though, especially as the competition will heat up from Sydney in coming years for conventions.
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It sure is the spot for a soaring 300m+ tower.
Please, no more lacklustre South Wharf type of expansion here thanks..
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I think south wharf is finally coming good. At least along the riverfront. Addition of the Munich Brauhaus or whatever its called makes for nearly contiguous activity along that stretch. Much prefer this spot to the rest of the Southbank promenade.
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I would even name it after you...if it was up to me : )
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