BOLD STYLE: W Melbourne opens in Flinders Lane
The new W Melbourne has stunning interiors, sleek new bars and a presidential suite that would not look out of place in New York.
The hotel, at the centre of the Melbourne’s eclectic dining and edgy fashion district on Flinders Lane, has floor to ceiling glass windows which offer fantastic views of the city’s changing street art.
“It was a natural choice for us to launch our second W hotel in Australia in one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities,” Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Marriott International said.
“With its bold style, energising nightlife and a great appetite for what’s new and next, Melbourne is a brilliant new addition to our luxury portfolio, and solidifies our confidence in the travel recovery here in Australia.”
W Melbourne rooms
The W Melbourne has 294 luxurious guest rooms and 29 suites with design details curated to reflect Melbourne’s fascinating history and culture.
Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning skyline views. The Wonderful, Fabulous and Mega category rooms are inspired by the neighbouring street-level newspaper kiosks that back to the 1960s.
Marvelous rooms feature a vibrant wall graphic of a fairy wren, a bird native to Australia, pulling back a layer of fabric to reveal a colourful Melbourne scene. The graphic pays homage to the city’s roots as a fashion hub, with Flinders Lane at the centre of its textile trade.
The 175-square-metre Extreme Wow Suite (W Hotels’ modern interpretation of the traditional presidential suite), is on the hotel’s highest floor at Level 15 and features a large balcony with expansive views of the Yarra River.
The hotel is pet-friendly so you can bring your dog.
W’s secret bar
Find the secret laneway entrance on Market Street, to descend into the “cacoon-like” cocktail lounge Curious.
Curious’ signature drinks pay homage to Melbourne’s fashion, art and coffee scenes. They include A Curious Ristretto, an Espresso Martini sealed with beeswax and incorporate nutmeg smoke.
Chef Adam D’Sylva heads up the all-day dining restaurant Lollo.
A must-try is the signature Japanese restaurant WARABI, which seats just 30 diners and has a private dining room for 10.
W Melbourne also has a café/bar, Culprit, which we’re told will serve up an excellent double-shot latte.
Head to FIT and WET on Level 14 to see the incredible gold-roofed indoor pool. We’re sure this one will end up in dozens of “best hotel pools” lists in future.
The ultramodern fitness facility has spectacular views over the Melbourne CBD.
W Melbourne will also have a poolside bar and DJ booth.
For more details, see marriott.com.au/hotels/travel/melwh-w-melbourne/