March 17, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

There’s been a stream of new openings in Melbourne and a major refurbishment reopening in Fiji this week.

In the current epicentre of hotel development – Melbourne – three new properties opened their doors this week, with Accor in particular increasing its spread of accommodation beyond the city centre.

The French brand opened the 383-room Novotel Melbourne Preston following a multi-million-dollar renovation of an existing property. The hotel, located in Melbourne’s inner north, just under a half hour drive from the city centre, has 16 event spaces, with the largest able to host 500 theatre style and 300 for a banquet.

Accor also opened a new 183-room Mercure Melbourne Doncaster, around a half an hour drive from the city centre to the east. The hotel has six meeting rooms and some outdoor event space.


Back in the city, Marriott has opened its first Courtyard property in Melbourne, debuting the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens, close to Marvel Stadium and Queen Victoria Market . The property has three indoor event spaces, with the largest able to accommodate 200 people, as well as a rooftop space for up to 100 that has views of the city and Flagstaff Gardens.

Meanwhile, in Fiji, the newly named Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort has reopened following an A$48 million refurbishment of the property, which was formerly known as Sheraton Fiji Resort.

With 300 guest rooms, the sprawling property also features five restaurants and five bars, four swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre, a spa and a beach, alongside an 18-hole golf course.

The resort also has extensive event capabilities with the largest space able to accommodate up to 1,600 people standing or 1,500 in theatre.

“The reopening of the Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort brings a truly world class setting, service and scale of hospitality to Fiji, delivering new standards for dining, conferencing and events to the Fijian holiday experience,” said Neeraj Chadha, Marriott International’s multi property vice president for Fiji and Samoa, and general manager of Westin and Sheraton Resorts in Marriott’s waterfront Fiji complex.