The recently refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street hotel has been shortlisted for two major international interior design awards, the 2015 World Interiors News Awards (WIN) and the 2015 Interior Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne is one of nine global shortlisted entries and is the only Australian hotel shortlisted on both lists. With its uniquely Melbourne aesthetic and design elements inspired by the neo-classical Flinders Street railway station, the M&L Hospitality-owned hotel is positioned alongside the most exceptional hotel designs across the world in these awards.
The hotel’s redevelopment project led by and Michael McCann of Dreamtime Australia Design and Melbourne-based interior designer Melissa Chen of Mill Interiors was completed in May 2015 and involved a complete refit of the external façade, lobby, restaurant, 180 guest-rooms and bathrooms, and 12 levels of lift lobbies and corridors.
Forgoing a conventional hotel entrance, Michael McCann designed the external façade to echo the industrial street vibe, featuring steel panels with differing profiles. On entry, the custom teak and brass bar counter doubles as a guest check-in counter. The dramatic lobby fireplace creates an inviting ambiance and divides the hotel lobby and restaurant. Steel, glass and teak 4.5 metre tall wine towers frame the restaurant. Steel cage booths line both walls and create intimate zones for diners. The open kitchen adds to the theatre and excitement of the restaurant.
The guest rooms designed by Melissa Chen are a modern interpretation of grand train travel of the past paying tribute to the historical Flinders Street Station. The use of raw materials continues, but with greater emphasis on subtlety, befitting a guest-room. Inspired by the Victorian details of Flinders Street Station – subway tiles, simple typography, the conversion of train lines leading into a central location, and the bluestone laneways are all referenced.
”M&L is very proud of the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne’s new look and we are delighted that the hotel has been shortlisted for two prestigious interior design awards. The designers brought the historic Flinders Station to life but gave the hotel an urban edginess that is in keeping with the area’s iconic laneways. We are always striving to deliver the most value from a hotel asset, and this property’s location and size made for a unique opportunity” said Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality.
M&L Hospitality purchased the hotel in 2011 when it was operating as Citigate Melbourne. The refurbishment reflects M&L Hospitality’s asset enhancement strategy which it undertakes across its portfolio to achieve long-term sustainability and growth as well as improving the customer experience.
M&L Hospitality will soon complete a major refurbishment of the Swissotel Sydney, transforming it into a modern, luxurious 5-star downtown city hotel with generous and sophisticated guest rooms designed by specialist hospitality interior design firm CHADA. M&L Hospitality is also redeveloping Australia’s largest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Darling Harbour, with the addition of a 27-storey tower; an expansive convention, exhibition and meeting space; a new dining precinct and improved public areas connecting pedestrians from the CBD to Darling Harbour, due for completion in 2016.
Winners for the IDEA Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 20 November 2015 and the Win Awards winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 2 December 2015.