AC Hotels by Marriott opens first hotel in Australia

by | 04 Jun 2022 | Design

Imagery © Marriott

The opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank marks this Marriott brand’s entry to the country.

The property represents the design-led lifestyle brand it’s under with thoughtfully designed interiors and a location in one of Melbourne’s premier arts precincts.

Entry to Melbourne

The 205-key AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank is now welcoming guests into a thoughtfully designed space with highlights including a signature dining venue and an infinity pool and cocktail bar with views over the city.

Marriott International’s ninth hotel in Melbourne, this property is owned by the diversified mixed-use real estate developer and investment company, Capital Alliance.

The architecturally striking building this hotel is housed within places guests in Melbourne’s prestigious Southbank area, close to the Central Business District and South Wharf precinct, as well as South Melbourne Market, Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf and the Arts precinct.

Commenting on the opening, Jeff Tomczek, vice president and global brand leader of AC Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the arrival of the AC Hotels brand in Australia with the opening of AC Melbourne Southbank.”

“Melbourne is the cultural and design capital of Australia, allowing for a seamless fit with AC Hotels, known for its purposeful design and obsession with detail. With Australia’s border reopening, we look forward to welcoming travellers with a distinctive experience that has been edited to offer only the best of what guests truly need.”

“I am truly delighted to open the first AC Hotel in Australia,” added Harry Singh, general manager of the hotel. “Working in collaboration with DKO, we have brought to life the core elements of the AC design philosophy – every detail of the experience is meticulously over-thought to create a seamless stay, right in the heart of the city known as the design capital of Australia.”

A new design-led social hub

In collaboration with Capital Alliance, DKO Architecture led the architectural design of this bold structure set apart by a geometric glass facade that’s activated by LED lighting by night. A sculptural canopy distinguishes the entrance leading into this property’s modern interiors.

Each guest room and suite offers multi-functional space featuring sleek desks, open closets and integrated bathrooms, with sweeping views over the Yarra River and skyline. Inspired by the industrial warehouses of South Melbourne, each space pairs warm textured timber and metal detail with drapery, brass accents and stone tiling.

Shared spaces throughout the property then include the brand’s signature AC Lounge, which transitions from a creative co-working space by day to a social hub offering European-style tapas each evening. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant Sorolla and food and drink is offered throughout the day in Triana Bar and the poolside Bar de Buceo.

Additional facilities throughout the property range from an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool and 24-hour fitness centre to 576 sq m of event space with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace.

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