A motel in Melbourne’s South Yarra was purchased by Channel Nine’s The Block for $7.3milllion, according to the Herald Sun.
The Hotel Saville was where a 30-year old woman was found naked, bloodied and unconscious in the shower of her room in 2002. The woman was allegedly raped and mutilated by bloodsucking male prostitute Shane Chartres-Abbott, who was shot dead after the attack. The Supreme Court heard Chartres-Abbott, 28, had earlier told her he was a 200-year-old vampire who drank blood to stay young. Three men are currently on trial for his murder and have pleaded not guilty.
With eight storeys, the 34-room hotel with adjoining land will be the biggest site the series has taken on. It is believed the site may be turned into a boutique hotel for the popular TV reality renovation show’s 11th series, according to the Herald Sun.
WBP Property Group chief executive Greville Pabst has provided valuations of The Block properties for the Herald Sun in the past and said the Commercial Rd location might not suit a luxury apartments development.