by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 03, 2017
A 294-room W Hotel will be built in Melbourne, Australia, part of a mixed-use development called Collins Arch. The property, which will open in 2020, will be the second W Hotel in Australia. The first, the W Brisbane, will debut in 2018.

"Melbourne, with its vibrant music, emerging fashion and bold street art, is a destination made for the W brand," said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. "Located in the epicentre of the city, W Melbourne will embody the city's creative spirit while showcasing the brand's bold and energetic take on luxury."

Among the 294 guest rooms will be 40 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite, the brand's take on the traditional Presidential Suite. Plans call for a trendy bar and restaurant, an Away spa, a Fit state-of-the-art workout facility and a Wet indoor heated swimming pool. For groups, more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space will be built.

"We're extremely excited to be working with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd. and Cbus Property to bring a second W Hotel to Australia," said Rajeev Menon, COO, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) for Marriott International. "Melbourne is one of Australia's most beloved cultural hubs with a strong global tourism industry, making it the perfect setting for this innovative lifestyle brand."

The Collins Arch development will feature two towers with office, retail and commercial space, to be linked at the top by a residential bridge. Guests will be able to access the W Melbourne from multiple entry points across William Street, Market Street and Collins Street, with the Living Room, the hotel's lobby, on Flinders Lane.