Recognising the changing needs of travelers, in particular business travellers, the hotel upgrade is designed to offer guests a spacious and contemporary retreat within the vibrant Melbourne central business district.
With an enviable central location on the corner of Exhibition and Lonsdale Streets, the Melbourne Marriott has always enjoyed a strong business and leisure clientele; bolstered in 2008 following the renovation of the hotel’s bar and the addition of two new state of the art Melbourne meeting rooms. The upgraded Melbourne boutique hotel will now also incorporate 42” flat screen LCD TVs in every room, as well as high speed wireless internet and an iPod docking station.
The hotel accommodation in Melbourne is owned and managed within Colonial First State Global Asset Management—the largest manager of Australian sourced funds—and its upgrade underpins the owner’s support for creating a competitive product in the Melbourne CBD hotels market, whilst also reflecting Marriott’s global quality of service.
Colonial First State Global Asset Management Fund Manager John van der Wallen said: “The Melbourne Marriott has long been a desirable destination for corporate and leisure travelers, built on a reputation for quality of service that is easily identifiable within the Marriott brand.
“This latest refurbishment, covering 166 rooms and 19 suites, underpins our commitment to creating a spacious, comfortable and contemporary place for travelers to unwind after their day at work or during their holiday stay in Melbourne; a city famed for its entertainment and retail offering.”
The refurbished rooms have been designed by leading Sydney-based interior design firm CHADA, with the project spearheaded by Michael Watson. Formerly Chhada Siembieda Australia, CHADA is an internationally recognised name in hotel design, boasting a portfolio of work across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
George Varughese, General Manager of Melbourne Marriott, has said, “We are thrilled with the upgraded product and will continue to provide the high level of service for which the Melbourne Marriott is well known.”