Construction of Accor’s new dual-branded hotel at Melbourne Airport has officially begun, following a ground breaking ceremony held this week.
Expected to open in 2021, the property will operate under the Novotel and ibis Styles brands and will be rated four and three stars respectively.
Together the hotels will offer 464 rooms and will be located steps from Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as ‘The Hive’.
Melbourne Airport chief of property Linc Horton said the hotel will support the growing number of travellers coming through the airport.
“We believe this new development will bring a much needed social hub to our space bringing visitors and business colleagues together on the doorstep of the airport with access to more than 650 flights per day,” he said.
The 10-storey hotel will also offer conferencing facilities, plus a gym, pool, café, bar and restaurant.
Accor chief operating officer Pacific Simon McGrath said the project will allow Accor to innovate and lead the airport hotel sector.
“We are excited to be working with Melbourne Airport on this significant development and thrilled to be embarking on another dual-branded hotel complex with our internationally recognised Novotel and ibis Styles brands,” he said.
“This newest member of the Accor Group is a vibrant airport precinct development, which captures the essence of Melbourne through its interiors and warm welcome to guests.”
The hotel is the first major development to kick-start the airport’s Hive precinct, which will also include a childcare facility to cater to the airport’s 20,000-strong workforce as well as office spaces of up to 10,000 square metres.