AC Hotels by Marriott opens its first hotel in Australia

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

The property represents the design-driven lifestyle brand with thoughtfully crafted interiors and a location in one of Melbourne’s premier artistic districts.

Entrance to Melbourne

The 205-room AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank now welcomes guests to a thoughtfully designed space with highlights including a signature restaurant and infinity pool and cocktail bar with city views.

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

The architecturally striking building of this hotel is located in Melbourne’s prestigious Southbank area, close to the Central Business District and South Wharf area, as well as South Melbourne Market, Melbourne Convention Centre, from South Wharf and the Arts Quarter.

Commenting on the opening, Jeff Tomczek, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of AC Hotels, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the arrival of the AC Hotels brand in Australia with the opening of AC Melbourne Southbank.

“Melbourne is Australia’s cultural and design capital, which makes for a seamless integration with AC Hotels, known for its focused design and obsession with detail. With the re-opening of the Australian border, we look forward to welcoming travelers with a distinctive experience that has been modified to deliver only the best of what customers really need.

“I am really delighted to open the first AC Hotel in Australia,” added Harry Singh, General Manager of the hotel. “Working with DKO, we’ve brought the core elements of the AC design philosophy to life – every detail of the experience is meticulously thought out to create a seamless stay, right in the heart of the city known as Australia’s design capital. .”

A new design-focused social hub

In collaboration with Capital Alliance, DKO Architecture led the architectural design of this bold structure which features a geometric glass facade that is activated by LED lighting at night. A sculptural canopy distinguishes the entrance leading to the modern interiors of this property.

Each room and suite offers a multifunctional space with sleek desks, open closets and integrated bathrooms, with stunning views of the Yarra River and the skyline. Inspired by the industrial warehouses of South Melbourne, each space combines warm textured wood and metal details with draperies, brass accents and stone tiling.

Shared spaces throughout the property then include the brand’s signature AC Lounge, which transforms from a creative coworking space by day to a social hub offering European-style tapas each evening. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s Sorolla Restaurant, and food and drinks are available throughout the day at the Triana Bar and the Buceo Pool Bar.

Additional facilities throughout the property range from an outdoor infinity pool and 24-hour fitness center to 576 square meters of event space with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace.

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