March 17, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

Marriott International has brought its Le Méridien brand back to Australia with the opening of Le Méridien Melbourne at the Parliament House end of Melbourne’s CBD.

The 235-key hotel – including 14 suites – is located in an 1850s Bourke St building which was originally a hotel before it went through various arts and culture iterations, serving as a cinema, a theatre, a night club and a live performance venue. The property overlooks Spring St, Parliament House and the east of Melbourne.

“We are excited to introduce Le Méridien to Australia and bring the brand’s European essence of savouring the good life to global tastemakers and locals,” said Jennie Toh, vice president of brand marketing and brand management, for Marriott International in the Asia Pacific.

“Melbourne is a destination known for its rich history, thriving art, culture, and culinary scene, which makes it the perfect fit for Le Méridien. We look forward to welcoming travellers to explore Melbourne in style.”

Le Méridien Melbourne has 420m2 of event space, with the largest space 182m2, able to host 240 in theatre or 120 in banquet, as well as splitting into two smaller spaces. The hotel has a dedicated meetings floor, fitted out with the latest audio visual equipment, featuring four smaller breakout rooms and three private working booths.

The hotel blends contemporary design with mid-century elegance – guest rooms feature custom joinery, marble bathrooms and neutral tones offset with pops of colour.

The property offers a subterranean low-lit restaurant, Dolly, which serves up European dishes by seasoned hotel chef Christian Graebner, Intermission, a lobby café which becomes a wine bar by night and a showpiece rooftop pool, terrace and open air bar called Le Splash.

“We are excited to draw back the curtain on Melbourne’s most glamourous new hotel and invite guests to savour the good life through immersive art, elevated European dining, and our showpiece rooftop pool,” said the property’s general manager Peter Minatsis.