Melbourne is set to get its first W Hotel, with Cbus Property confirming W Melbourne will open as part of its $1 billion plus mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch in 2020.
W Melbourne will offer 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels, including 40 suites as well as a cocktail bar, restaurant, day spa, pool, gym, conferencing and ballroom facilities and much more.
Local Melbourne interior design practice Hachem has been appointed to design the hotel’s interiors.
W Melbourne at Collins Arch will be located in the eastern tower of the landmark dual tower project, which will also feature WELL-rated commercial office space, retail, hospitality and luxury residential apartments that are currently selling fast.
W Hotels Worldwide, a group part of Marriott International, will operate the hotel.
Its architectural form, designed in collaboration by Woods Bagot (recently rated by Building Design as number 7 among the top 10 architectural firms in the world) and New York practice SHoP architects, will feature the city’s first sky bridge that links the dual towers.
Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo said the highly awarded W Hotels brand, together with Daisho Development Melbourne as owner, befitted the iconic project, which will transform Melbourne.
“From the start, Collins Arch was designed as a world class destination and we’re extremely excited to announce W Hotels as operators of our five-star hotel,” said Mr Pozzo.
“As a global symbol of style and luxury, W Melbourne will bring benefits such as dining and function facilities that will further enhance the precinct for not just hotel guests but residents, tenants and Melbourne locals. We really are proud that together we will be creating a statement destination of excellence that will be recognised globally.”
The hotel deal was brokered by Savills Australia New Zealand Managing Director Michael Simpson and involved the sale of the hotel component of Collins Arch to Daisho Development Melbourne.
“W Melbourne at Collins Arch will be the new jewel in the hospitality crown for the world’s most liveable city, with design, dining, accommodation and conference facilities that will exceed the expectations of this city, known for excelling in food, events and culture," Mr Simpson said.
“The Collins Arch hotel deal was hotly contested by investors, with a number of luxury brands also showing interest.
“The resulting partnership between Cbus Property, Daisho Development Melbourne and Marriott International has been a really positive example of collaboration with all parties working together to deliver an outstanding luxury hotel and a city-enhancing project for Melbourne.”
With a porte cochère entrance via Flinders Lane, W Melbourne will also benefit from entrances on William Street, Market Street and Collins Street.
W Melbourne will join W Hotels’ robust portfolio of over 50 hotels around the globe, including W Brisbane, which is slated to open in 2018.
W Hotels joins other leading organisations calling Collins Arch home, with three global law firms King & Wood Mallesons, HWL Ebsworth and Gadens already confirmed as tenants.
Collins Arch is one of Australia’s largest mixed-use developments, located on a unique 6000 square metre island site set to feature an unparalleled 3500 square metres of public realm incorporating 1500 square metres of proposed park on Market Street subject to authority approval.