IHG Hotels & Resorts yesterday opened its first new-build voco property in Australia, voco Melbourne Central. The 252-room property is located in the heart of the city at 374 Lonsdale Street, part of the new 380 Melbourne skyscraper, with sweeping views of the skyline and surrounded by iconic laneways.
In a city recognised for hallmark design, this innovative property will set a new standard with its striking architecture and intriguing interior spaces.
“We have taken the voco vision to interweave these hotels into the fabric of the city; we’ve really made that part of our DNA in everything we do at voco Melbourne Central,” said General Manager, Erik Stuebe.
“From the moment our guests enter the striking Sky Lobby on the sixth floor, they will feel like they are in an exciting urban enclave. Not only will they experience amazing city skyline views from our floor-to-ceiling windows, but will also be surrounded by design pieces from local creators, as well as enjoying local produce and ingredients in our restaurant and bar.
“This will be underpinned by the features that guests are looking for from a leading-edge city hotel such as seamless guest service technology – including fast and free Wi-Fi and state-of-the art Smart TVs – and hotel amenities such as a rooftop plunge pool and 24/7 gym.
“Having worked with hotel groups across the world, this property is a true original,” continued Mr Stuebe.
In the middle of Timothy Lane, perched above the buzz and overlooking the adventure that awaits, renowned retail hubs including Emporium, Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central are located at the hotel’s doorstep.
A melting pot of dining choices are also within arm's reach, including the iconic Hardware Lane. Those wishing to explore further afield can step straight onto a tram or train with stations and stops just a stone’s throw away.
In a nod to voco Melbourne Central’s historic location as the home of the Cobb & Co stables, which originated during Victoria’s gold rush period in the 1800s, the restaurant has been aptly named Blacksmith Brasserie & Bar. The restaurant’s open-plan kitchen serves up lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and breakfast daily. The restaurant will soon feature a rotisserie for slow roasted specialities that will fill the modern space with incredible aromas.
Led by award-winning South Korean Executive Chef Ian Lee, Blacksmith Brasserie’s à la carte dining features classic dishes and mouth-watering starters suitable for sharing, including beef brisket tacos, barramundi parcel and a mizuna yuzu salad with crispy cheese chips.
Guests can reserve two private dining spaces – one with its own private terrace. In the morning, guests are invited to come in for a breakfast made to order, or to enjoy a full buffet.
The stylish restaurant overlooks an outdoor terrace, with seven-metre-high ceilings accentuated by 180-degree vistas of the sky and city rooftops, a mix of casual and informal seating, and a fabulous outdoor dining space.
With a creative cocktail menu and an extensive local wine list – also featuring an array of international labels – the bar is intimate, overlooking the pool terrace and emitting a sense of urban glamour.
Eight light-filled event spaces seat up to 90 people for intimate settings. Located across three floors and spanning 493 square metres is a choice of pool terrace, boardroom, medium event spaces and a flexible 3-in-1 space with breakout rooms – all with natural daylight and stunning city views. The largest space has a private terrace that makes break time that little bit more uplifting.
To celebrate the opening of voco Melbourne Central, guests can experience the ‘voco Life’ - a tailored package with all the perks. The opening offer includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two, a welcome treat coupled with an upgrade on arrival with guaranteed city views, and two ‘Flamingo Sour’ cocktails to enjoy at Blacksmith Bar. The package is bookable for stays until end of October 2022, from $310 per night. For more details and to book, speak to your local travel agent or head to vocohotels.com/Melbourne.
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