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Melbourne Hotel shortlisted for two international design awards

The recently refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street hotel has been shortlisted for two 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.

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.

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.

“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, CEO of M&L Hospitality.

M&L Hospitality will soon complete a major refurbishment of the Swissotel Sydney.

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.

Rosie Clarke

Rosie Clarke is managing editor at Multimedia Publishing.

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