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New hotel development marks M&L Hospitality’s 20th hotel globally
SYDNEY– 9 April 2019 – M&L Hospitality today announced the appointment of Hilton Worldwide to manage its new Melbourne CBD upper upscale hotel, which is currently under construction and expected to open in late 2019.
The new Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is centrally located on the corner of Little Queen Street and Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Close to Melbourne’s legal quarter, between the developing Docklands precinct and the established “Paris end” of Melbourne, it is ideally located for both corporate and leisure travellers.
Incorporating the historically-significant Equity Chambers Building, the hotel is being constructed by Multiplex with architecture and interiors designed by Bates Smart Melbourne.
The heritage-listed Equity Chambers was designed by architects Oakley & Parkes and built in 1931. It is an outstanding example of the exotic revival architectural style popular in Victoria during the inter-war period.
The hotel development includes 244 stylish hotel rooms, including 10 suites; a restaurant located within the restored grand hall of the heritage building and opening to an internal courtyard; bar; executive club lounge; guest gym; meeting rooms and pre-function space.
M&L Hospitality and its design team are working closely with the Heritage Council of Victoria to ensure the heritage significance of the building is showcased, restoring key elements to their original 1930s grandeur. Significant additions include six levels over the existing building and a new 16-level tower to the rear. The contemporary interpretation of these additions ensures they complement the heritage elements, in particular the intricate architectural detailing of the Equity Chambers’ south elevation.
M&L Hospitality also own the Doubletree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street, located in Melbourne’s CBD, opposite the historic Flinders Street Station.
“M&L Hospitality is delighted to be expanding its relationship with Hilton Worldwide in Australia with the signing of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street,” said Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality. “The agreement builds on our strong existing partnerships with Hilton at properties in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch and Prague.”