Cosmopolitan vibe brings $105 million hotel to Melbourne CBD

A Hyatt Centric luxury hotel has been announced for Melbourne inspired by the city’s heritage, landscape and culture.

Designed by Architectus and boasting Hecker Guthrie interiors, the 278-room Hyatt Centric Melbourne will be styled to reflect the surrounds and history of its site on the corner of Downie Street and Flinders Lane in the CBD.  

Hyatt’s Asia Pacific Group boss David Udell, says the city’s “cosmpolitan vibe” makes it an “ideal destination for a Centric hotel”.

The five-star property will feature a rooftop bar with views over the Yarra River and Southbank, plus a pool, gym, convention facilities and a restaurant within  a six-storey podium and 20-story tower.

Launched in January 2015, the brand has been developed as a full-service lifestyle operator for business and leisure travellers looking for “a cosmopolitan vibe in the centre of the action”.

The Melbourne project will be the second Hyatt Centric in Australia after the Hyatt Centric Hobart and the 20th worldwide, with other properties under the brand soon to be completed in Chile and Peru.

“The Hyatt Centric brand encourages exploration and discovery with each hotel serving as a launch pad for adventurous guests to immerse themselves in a destination,” Hyatt vice president Robert Dawson told The Urban Developer.

“Hyatt Centric Melbourne is designed to reflect Melbourne’s cosmopolitan vibe, vibrant street culture and rich history, and inspire guests to venture out and explore the neighbourhood.”

Little Projects bought the development site for $28.6 million in 2017, with approval for a hotel development granted in April last year. It has awarded the build contract to regular collaborator Hickory Group.

“Hickory is at the forefront of innovative construction methodology and has patented its own building technology, which allows them to maximise productivity, with quality and safety on site of paramount importance,” Little Projects construction director Paris Lechte told The Urban Developer.

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