Australia’s newest hotel brand is actually an old brand which has just been on a holiday for a few years.
Marriott International this week restored Le Meridien’s presence in Australia, opening the doors to a new hotel overlooking Parliament Square and Spring Street in the city’s east.
Le Meridien Melbourne opens within a restored 1850s building which, through its various lives has served as a theatre, cinema, nightclub, live performance venue and now a hotel.
Guests can select from 235 guest rooms and 14 suites, each boasting classic and contemporary design through custom cabinetry and a neutral colour scheme differentiated with pops of colour.
Rooms feature the signature Le Meridien scent recognised by regular visitors around the world, premium bath amenities, smart televisions, in-room coffee machine with artisan pods and dedicated working desks for business guests.
Suites feature black stone kitchenettes, Smeg appliances and a selection of art books, board games and even a Yamaha vinyl player with a selection of records from global artists including Prince and James Brown for guests to enjoy.
The hotel lobby and entrance features a variety of sculpture and artwork reflecting local talents, beginning with a giant mural by Melbourne’s Stephen Baker and an installation by Marta Figueiredo.
Le Meridien’s Unlock Art program offers free access to local cultural attractions by presenting a valid room key.
On the rooftop, guests will find a sun-drenched swimming pool, terrace and elegant bar serving innovative gelato and sorbet flavours, cocktails and light snacks, with a pop-up cinema earmarked to launch in this space later this year. A 24-hour fitness centre complete with virtual personal trainers and a sauna can also be found on the roof.
Marriott International Asia-Pacific Vice President of Brand Management, Jennie Toh, said she was excited to reintroduce Le Meridien to Australia along with its distinctive European essence.
“Melbourne is a destination known for its rich history, thriving art, culture, and culinary scene, which makes it the perfect fit for Le Méridien. We look forward to welcoming travellers to explore Melbourne in style.”
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