February 18, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Marriott will debut another new brand in Australia with the opening of AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank this April, while a Four Seasons hotel has been announced for Melbourne within the $2.7 billion development STH BNK By Beulah, which is due to start construction this year.

The 205-room AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank will open in April between South Melbourne and Southbank at the southern end of Melbourne’s CBD.

The hotel will have 576m2 of meeting space on level 6, with floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound outdoor terrace.

“The AC brand is synonymous with sophisticated design with purpose, so guests have everything they need and nothing they don’t,” said the property’s General Manager Harry Singh.

“We’ve orchestrated the entire hotel experience – our approach to every space is optimal comfort and utility through to modern décor, with open layouts offering functional beauty without distraction.”

The property is the ninth for Marriott in Melbourne and the third opening for the brand within 12 months.

“Despite the challenges of the last almost two years, we are continuing to invest and expand our presence in the Melbourne market,” said Marriott International’s Area Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Sean Hunt.

“Our portfolio in Melbourne features seven of Marriott International’s brands and AC Hotels brings one of our most exciting hotel experiences globally.”

Another major win for Melbourne’s hotel market is the just announced appointment of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to manage a new hotel set to take up residence in Australia’s tallest tower.

STH BNK By Beulah will also feature the world’s tallest vertical garden, with 5.5km of greenery set to be incorporated into the multi-billion-dollar development.

The major construction project will begin in late 2022 and take five years to complete. Once finished, the two twisting towers, which are envisioned to become a “mini metropolis” will include a 3,000 seat auditorium, a rooftop garden, arts and cultural spaces, a health and wellness precinct as well as private residences and office and retail space.

The new Four Seasons Hotel – just the second in Australia – will have 210 rooms, a lobby on the 63rd floor, multiple event spaces and a rooftop restaurant and bar.

“Four Seasons was the perfect partner for STH BNK By Beulah and will offer an unmatched hospitality experience while remaining uniquely Melbourne,” says Beulah Executive Director, Adelene Teh.

“As STH BNK By Beulah continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the luxury, lifestyle and sustainability spaces, Four Seasons aligned perfectly to our ethos and vision, offering unparalleled experiences, a bold commitment to innovation, and fantastic sustainability initiatives across its hotels and resorts.”

President of Global Business Development and Portfolio Management at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bart Carnahan, said the hotel group was always looking for opportunities like this one.

“This project will set a new standard for luxury in Melbourne, offering guests an exceptional Four Seasons experience set within an environment that will be unmatched in this market,” he said.