Hilton has announced the signing of Hilton Melbourne Square, a major new 600-room meetings and events hotel – not long after Hilton signed up the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, reinforcing the hotel group’s push to strengthen its presence in the Melbourne market.

Hilton will manage the 600-room hotel under a management agreement with Yarra Park City, the joint venture company between OSK Property and EPF, and is slated to open in early 2023, with construction to commence 2020.

Located in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, on the corner of Power and Kavanagh Streets, the new-build hotel is part of a AUD 2.8 billion mixed-use development comprising of residential, commercial, speciality retail and 3700 square meters of open space parkland.

Hilton Melbourne Square is ideally located in close proximity to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Arts Centre. The hotel is also a short walk across the river to the Docklands precinct, Southern Cross Station and Melbourne’s central business and shopping districts.

“Having recently signed Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, we are thrilled to have now signed another Hilton Hotels & Resorts property with Hilton Melbourne Square, this time a major meetings and events property,” commented Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton.

How it will look: Hilton Melbourne Square

“Melbourne is an extremely important market and with two new Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties joining our existing DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Flinders Street, we look forward to welcoming both business and leisure guests to all three unique properties.”

With 600 spacious rooms, including 28 suites and one Presidential Suite, Hilton Melbourne Square will feature an Executive Lounge, four food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar and an All Day Dining restaurant, a fitness centre, an indoor pool and extensive meeting and event spaces totalling over 2800sqm, including a 1140sqm ballroom and a 840sqm junior ballroom.

Tan Sri Ong Leong Huat, chairman, OSK Property, said his group was delighted to have partnered with Hilton on the landmark hotel, which he said would offer extensive, state of the art convention facilities capable of hosting the world’s largest conventions “in addition to capitalising upon a very robust local demand for function facilities”.

Hilton Melbourne Square will join 27 hotels presently operating under the Hilton portfolio throughout Australasia.

Edited by Peter Needham