AC Hotels by Marriott® unveils its first hotel in Australia with the opening of the AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank
AC Hotels by Marriott®, the design-driven lifestyle brand that is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces its Australian debut with the opening of the AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank. Located in one of Melbourne’s premier events, arts and entertainment districts, the new hotel offers 205 thoughtfully designed rooms and suites, signature restaurants, an infinity pool and cocktail bar with breathtaking views of the the roofs of the city. AC Melbourne Southbank has been expertly refined and designed to provide an elegant yet understated experience, right in the heart of Australia’s cultural capital.
“We are delighted to celebrate the arrival of the AC Hotels brand in Australia with the opening of AC Melbourne Southbank,” said Jeff Tomczek, AC Hotels Vice President and Global Brand Leader. “Melbourne is Australia’s cultural and design capital, which makes for a seamless integration with AC Hotels, known for its focused design and obsession with detail. With the re-opening of the Australian border, we look forward to welcoming travelers with a distinctive experience that has been modified to deliver only the best of what customers really need.”
Nestled in Melbourne’s prestigious downtown enclave of Southbank, with the Central Business District and South Wharf – Australia’s largest urban renewal project – on its doorstep, AC Melbourne Southbank brings together the best from Melbourne, housed in a sculptural address. Close to public transport, South Melbourne Market, Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf shopping and dining, the Arts District and other first-class amenities, the hotel offers stunning views of the town with everything guests need for a memorable stay.
Designed by DKO Architecture in conjunction with Capital Alliance, AC Melbourne Southbank has created a bold architectural presence in the Fishermans Bend skyline. The design approach to each space is optimal comfort and utility through modern decor with open layouts offering functional beauty without distraction. The elegantly framed geometric glass facade will be activated by LED lighting at night acting as a beacon for visitors and residents. A sculptural canopy creates an iconic entrance to the hotel and the designer rooms within.
The 205 carefully designed rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city skyline and the Yarra River. From sleek desks, open closets, and built-in bathrooms to easily accessible outlets for mindful work and play, air-conditioned bedrooms are free of clutter and maximize the feeling of openness. The subtle layering of materiality with modern classic finishes such as natural stone tiling, warm textured wood, metallic details, soft layers of draperies and brass accents all create a sense of functional calm. The ambience reflects the industrial warehouse scenes of South Melbourne while echoing the Spanish roots of the AC brand.
AC Melbourne Southbank offers a range of collaborative spaces, including the brand’s signature AC Lounge, a modern coworking space for creative encounters by day and a lively social hub offering European-style tapas by night. The signature AC Gin Tonic experience is available at all hotel restaurants and bars. The specialty cocktail is served in a custom glass by sculptural glass artist Adam Walmon and has been scientifically developed to enhance the taste, aroma and palate experience for the drinker.
Sorolla offers the perfect breakfast spot to start the day, with a dining experience that includes an open kitchen to capture chefs in action. Triana Bar exudes a ‘wow’ factor showcasing stunning views and an iconic long freestanding bar where patrons can mix and mingle with one another. The space offers simplicity and sophistication in the subtle finishes of warm wood, natural stone, bronze accents and softer gray materials. Buceo Barthe pool bar, also offers guests a relaxed space to enjoy drinks and light meals al fresco, making it the perfect place to unwind.
The hotel offers a range of recreational facilities, including an outdoor infinity pool spanning the width of the building, a 24-hour fitness center, and meeting and event space designed to accommodate groups of different sizes.
The hotel is home to 576 square meters of flexible meeting space, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing abundant natural light, as well as a covered outdoor terrace room and pool bar. The outdoor terrace next to the infinity pool can be used as a pre-function space for up to 200 people in cocktail format or broken down into smaller spaces for breaks and more intimate meetings, social gatherings and weddings .
“I am really delighted to open the first AC hotel in Australia,” commented Harry Singh, Managing Director of AC by Marriott Melbourne Southbank. “Working with DKO, we’ve brought the core elements of the AC design philosophy to life – every detail of the experience is meticulously thought out to create a seamless stay, right in the heart of the city known as Australia’s design capital. .”
Owned by Capital Alliance, a Melbourne-based diversified mixed-use property developer and investment company, the hotel is Marriott International’s ninth hotel in Melbourne and the third new hotel to open in the Victorian capital in the last 12 month.
For more information or to book, go to https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/melac-ac-hotel-melbourne-southbank/
AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank
201 Normanby Road
South Shore, 3006
+61 3 9121 0000