First look: Inside the new Adina Melbourne Southbank

One of our guest writers takes a first-hand look at the eco-friendly hotel.

Words by Gwen Luscombe

Recently opened in Melbourne, Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank is ticking all the boxes for planners seeking an eco-friendly accommodation option will plenty of glamour and space.

The eco-savvy 220-room, Bates Smart-designed apartment hotel offers floor-to-ceiling views across both the CBD, the Yarra River and Port Philip Bay.

TFE Hotel senior director of sales Shahnaz Bakhshay says it’s the ideal location with its proximity to Melbourne’s conference and exhibition hub.

Just a short walk along the Yarra River to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and a two-minute walk to the Southbank precinct, it’s a clever choice for incentive and conference groups.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Inside a spacious two-bedroom apartment

“The conference facilities can be to be utilised as satellite offices for conventions at MCEC,” says, Bakhshay, adding the hotel also has the benefit of the Sky Bus stop out the front for easy guest transfers to and from the airport.

Inside, two meeting rooms full of natural light can be combined to make a larger meeting space with all the latest AV solutions for hybrid events.

Customised floor plans are also available to meet all social distancing guidelines. There’s a pre-function area for morning or afternoon teas and an additional boardroom which can be used for a breakout space or smaller meeting. All spaces have an abundance of natural light as well as block out blinds.

Guests also have access to an on-site gym and indoor, heated pool.

The lobby oozes style and glamour

The pre-function area has a balcony overlooking the hotel lobby and its expansive windows. And while the 220 rooms are spacious, they’re also uniform in layout ensuring all delegates are equally catered to.

Event organisers are also taken care of, with Bakhshay confirming the hotel provides a complimentary room upgrade for planners.

The property’s distinctive circular shape ensures all rooms have spectacular views, but this property is more than just a pretty piece of architecture. With sustainability at the forefront of many planners’ accommodation criteria, Adina Melbourne Southbank ticks all the boxes.

One of the various meeting spaces on offer

TFE Hotels area general manager Stephen Moore says the newest addition to Melbourne’s skyline is an Australian first.

“Nothing like this has been done before,” he says, adding the property is constructed from lightweight, carbon-neutral cross-laminated timber to support 70 studio, 140 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartments.

Utilising 5,300 tonnes of the wonder timber (just a fifth of the weight of concrete), Adina Melbourne Southbank’s infrastructure directly offsets about 4,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while also side-stepping greenhouse gas emissions involved in demolition.

“What’s not to love about a hotel that forms part of the solution to a cleaner, greener world?” says Moore.

“We also love the idea that people will make a decision to stay at Adina Melbourne Southbank because it ticks all the boxes on location and experience, but also because of its commitment to sustainability.”

Watch the video below to experience a walkthrough of the new Adina Melbourne Southbank.

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