Marriott International is scheduled to debut its W brand in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. SHoP Architects of New York, Australia-based architecture practice Woods Bagot and locally headquartered interior design/architecture firm Hachem designed the hotel, which will be part of the $768.5-million Collins Arch mixed-use development.
The property will have 294 guestrooms, including 40 suites and an Extreme Wow suite (the brand's take on a traditional presidential suite). The hotel project will be developed in partnership with Japan’s Daisho Development Melbourne Pty. Ltd. and Australia’s Cbus Property.
Currently under construction, the Collins Arch development will have two towers housing a mix of office, retail and commercial spaces, which will be linked at the top by a residential bridge.
The hotel is the second W property currently planned for Australia, following W Brisbane, which is slated to open next year and will mark the brand’s re-entry into the country.
W has a portfolio of 50 hotels, including W Las Vegas, W Goa, W Punta de Mita, as well as the soon-to-open W Panama, W Shanghai and W Tel Aviv. It is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020.