Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts is going down under with the planned 2020 opening of Le Méridien Melbourne, Australia's first property under the Marriott International brand.
"After opening stunning hotels in Rome, Seoul and Denver last year, we are thrilled to continue our growth momentum in Melbourne," said Brian Povinelli, senior vice president and global brand leader for Le Méridien. "With its light-hearted yet sophisticated style, Melbourne and Le Méridien have a similar sensibility; and we are delighted to reintroduce the brand -- born in Paris during an era of glamorous travel -- to global guests and locals alike."
The 235-room property will be in downtown Melbourne at the intersection of Bourke and Spring Streets, a few steps from Victoria's Parliament Square. Converted from an existing low-rise building, the 12-story property will be "intimate and residential" in nature. Among the amenities will be two bars, a 90-seat all-day restaurant, a heated swimming pool, a fitness center and three meeting rooms totaling about 2,200 square feet.
"The arrival of Le Méridien brand into Australia is a momentous move for Marriott International," said Richard Crawford, Marriott's senior director of development for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. "It comes at a perfect time. Alongside Melbourne's growing demand from domestic travelers, new international direct routes from the United States, Asia-Pacific, and South America are driving continued growth in international visitation."
In 2005, Starwood Hotels & Resorts acquired Le Méridien -- established in Paris in 1972 -- and subsequently relaunched the brand around the themes of art and food. The brand now has nearly 150 properties in more than 40 countries.