Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street breathes new life into Melbourne’s historic Equity Chambers Building.
Hilton, one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world, and international hotel owner and developer, M&L Hospitality, unveil the spectacular transformation of Melbourne’s heritage-listed Equity Chambers into Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street (Hilton Melbourne LQS). Located in the heart of the city, the elegant upscale hotel has been designed by leading Australian architecture studio Bates Smart and will open at midday on Monday, 22 March 2021.
Built in 1931, Melbourne’s Equity Chambers was renowned for its architectural style and Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing. In its reimagining as Hilton Melbourne LQS, the building’s old world-charm has been respected and original features restored, whilst seamlessly connecting a modern six-level extension with a 16-level tower to the historic site.
Within its historic walls, the old and new have been cleverly combined, with sandstone, European Oak and bronze materials creating a traditional yet modern palette against the backdrop of grand high ceilings, marble stone finishes and upholstery in hues of navy, taupe and royal blue.
External and internal artworks commissioned by award-winning Melbourne street art collaborative Juddy Roller are curated in reference to the city’s thriving and internationally renowned graffiti-art scene. Significant works have been contributed by local artists Kitt Bennett and David Lee Pereira, including a large and colourful mural by Bennett on the external wall opposite the hotel’s Little Queen Street laneway entrance, which is splendidly reflected in the external bronze panels that frame the hotel’s elegant lobby.
The hotel’s guest rooms feature prints by Melbourne photographer Roger Arnall, specially commissioned to explore Melbourne architecture in his unique minimalist and ambiguous style. The pieces are part of the ‘Impressionist series’ and capture iconic Melbourne landmarks, including the Royal Exhibition Centre, Flinders Street Train Station and Federation Square, in a softer style akin to the hand rendering of paintings and drawings.
Luci and The Douglas Club
Entered from the bustling thoroughfare of Bourke Street, Hilton Melbourne LQS’s Luci restaurant and The Douglas Club cocktail bar carry their own entrance independent of the hotel’s laneway lobby, and are anticipated to be welcome new additions to Melbourne’s world-class dining and drinking scene.
At Luci, Executive Chef Sam Moore will take inspiration from the European migrants who travelled to Melbourne in the 1950s, with his classic modern Australian menu accented with hints of Italian and European culinary traditions.
The Douglas Club will celebrate the energy and glamour of the golden age of travel through its contemporary take on a classic cocktail bar. The drinks menu will bring together classic, modern and infamous cocktails, with food, music and art, to make The Douglas Club a new hotspot for Melbourne.
Hotel facilities and amenities
To complement the 244 stylish guest rooms and suites and food and beverage outlets, Hilton Melbourne LQS will offer a large balcony event space with city skyline views, featuring a mural by Kitt Bennett; seven meeting and event spaces that range in size from 24 to 143 square meters equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology; and a fully equipped gym.
Highlights of local collaborations:
• Specialty coffee supplied by Dukes Coffee Roasters
• Premium hotel bath amenities by locally created Hunter Lab
• Handmade artisan chocolate by Atypic Chocolate
Located on the corner of Bourke Street and Little Queen Street the hotel is in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant art, theatre and dining precincts, and on the doorstep of the city’s key business districts with easy access to public transport.
“As we put the finishing touches on Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street in preparation for opening, we are confident it will be a beautiful addition to the city skyline. Both leisure and business guests alike will be able to experience the best of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and cultural experiences when they stay with us,” said Adrian Teh, general manager Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street and DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street.
Best available (BAR) room rates at Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street will be:
• King Guest Room from $300
• King Superior Room from $315
• King Deluxe Room from $330
• King Premier Room from $350
(Executive Rooms and Suites pricing to be announced.)
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is located at 18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. For reservations, visit Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street at melbournelittlequeenstreet.hilton.com or call +61 (0)3 9116 8888.
Main image: Kristoffer Paulsen