Boutique hotel group Ovolo will anchor a new $50 million hospitality precinct in South Melbourne from 2020.
Australian developer Perri Projects has appointed the international accom group to manage the 100-room, six-storey luxury hotel at 183-199 Moray Street site in inner Melbourne.
Work on the project, which already has planning approval, will begin in late 2019.
David Scalzo, Managing Director of Perri Projects, said Ovolo’s track record for delivering innovative, design-led destination hotels aligned with Perri Projects’ vision for the site.
“We are delighted to partner with Ovolo to realise our original vision for this site as a mixed-use lifestyle precinct featuring destination bars and restaurants, as well as leisure, event and function facilities,” he said.
“Ovolo hotels are internationally renowned for their high-end, high-energy designs that blend form and function to ensure each hotel delivers a unique experience for guests and visitors.
“Ovolo is well established and revered, yet agile and bold enough to challenge convention and break the mould on new sites, ensuring that each design complements and enhances the location of their hotels.”
Dave Baswal, COO & CFO of Ovolo Australia, said the demographic of South Melbourne has been evolving steadily as “creative industries in particular look to take advantage of the central location and raw industrial edge the suburb has to offer”.
“But while the suburb is on the rise with those in the know, local hospitality amenity has not kept pace with this change, and we believe Ovolo South Melbourne with its bars, restaurants and even a roof-top function and events space will be uniquely placed to provide a focal point for those local communities,” he said.
Ovolo owns and runs ten hotels in Australia and Hong Kong, but the South Melbourne development marks its first foray into management agreements.
AccorHotels is also embracing change, unveiling a new-look ibis Sydney World Square following its $4 million refurbishment of the premium economy hotel.
All 166 guestrooms in the CBD hotel have been overhauled, boasting ambient lighting, an earthy colour palate and modern bathrooms. All public areas, including the lobby and restaurant have also been refurbished.
ibis Sydney World Square general manager Michelle Taylor said: “We are excited to introduce the new-look ibis Sydney World Square to a new clientele of cost-conscious travellers seeking a comfortable yet stylish accommodation option in a convenient Sydney location.”
The hotel is located close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Cockle Bay Wharf, The Star casino, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at 382 -384 Pitt Street Sydney.