Hilton plans new hotel for Melbourne

Built in 1931, the Equity Chambers building was designed by architects Oakley & Parkes in the revival architectural style with Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing. Photo credit: Hilton

Hilton has signed an agreement with Singapore-based M&L Hospitality to manage the upcoming Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street in Australia.

Construction of the hotel on the site of the historic Equity Chambers building has commenced and the project is expected to open by the second quarter of 2020. Beyond its 244 guestrooms, the property will have a restaurant and bar, a gym, an executive lounge and five meeting and event spaces.

Built in 1931, the Equity Chambers building was designed by architects Oakley & Parkes in the revival architectural style with Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing. When designing Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, M&L Hospitality will work with the Heritage Council of Victoria to preserve the building’s heritage while restoring historic elements.

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The hotel is located in Melbourne’s central business district, between the developing Docklands precinct and the established “Paris end” of the city. The hotel is expected to complement the existing DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne on Flinders Street.

Hilton has 106 properties under its flagship brand in the Asia-Pacific region, 27 of which are in Australasia. The company has partnered with M&L Hospitality for projects in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Christchurch in New Zealand, among others. 

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