Hilton’s flagship brand has returned to Melbourne this week, with the opening of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street.
Officially swinging open the doors on Monday, 22 March, the hotel is located in a prime spot on the corner of Little Queen and Bourke Streets, in the heart of the Victorian capital.
The property joins the existing DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street and marks the return of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to the city, after the former Hilton Melbourne South Wharf was sold to Pan Pacific Hotels Group in 2017.
Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton said it was with immense pleasure the brand makes its return.
“The hotel is set to be an icon of Melbourne’s CBD with its reimagining of the heritage Equity Chambers building,” she said.
Built in 1931, the heritage building has been restored and transformed, with the addition of a modern six-level extension and a new 16-level tower.
Accommodation and events
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street offers 244 guest rooms, each styled with a mix of heritage-inspired and modern details.
In-room amenities include HDTV with built-in Chromecast, specialty coffee by Dukes Coffee Roasters and premium hotel bath products by Hunter Lab.
There are seven meeting and event spaces on offer, with the largest measuring 143 square metres. The spaces feature Art Deco styling and natural light, and are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and the latest audio visual technology.
Meanwhile on level five, an open-air balcony offers views of the city and of a large wall mural by Kitt Bennett.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Luci, is located in the building’s former grand banking hall and serves up contemporary Australian menu by executive chef Sam Moore.
Alongside the restaurant, The Douglas Club offers an opulent lounge bar split across two rooms with cocktails, cognacs, an extensive wine and champagne selection and snacks on the menu.
The new hotel marks the beginning of a significant expansion for Hilton in Melbourne, says Kunkel.
“Our commitment to the city is further evidenced by our development pipeline, which includes Hilton Garden Inn Bundoora expected in 2022, and DoubleTree by Hilton Box Hill and Hilton Melbourne Square, both expected in 2024,” she said.