Marriott Debuts Hotel in Melbourne’s Docklands

The brand-new property features 189 contemporary rooms, four bars and restaurants, and a rooftop pool.

The glassy exterior of the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands. (All photos: Marriott International)

The first Marriott Hotels–branded property to open in Australia in 20 years, Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands made its debut earlier today. It’s billed as the first international five-star hotel in the Docklands, a tranquil inner-city precinct that’s just a short tram ride from the Melbourne CBD. Sydney-based studio DKO Architecture looked to the aerodynamic lines of yachts in the city’s harbor for design inspiration, giving the building a curved facade and petal-like shape. Its lobby features fluted glass windows and art installations, like the polished brass chains by Australian sculptor Alexander Knox that are suspended from the ceiling, recalling the form of a cinched sailcloth for an added nautical touch.

Upstairs, the 189 guest rooms are bathed in natural light and appointed with luxuriant bedding, a 55-inch LCD TV, a walk-in shower, and a curated “Made in Melbourne” bar fridge. Additionally, through a special partnership between Marriott Hotels and TED, guests will enjoy a curated selection of thought-provoking content from the comfort of their bed.

Travelers who bed down at the newly minted hotel have a quartet of dining and drinking venues to choose from. Beneath a vaulted ceiling nodding to Melbourne’s historic bridges and train stations, Archer’s serves modern Australian cuisine prepared with fresh produce from local farms. Ada’s in the hotel lobby is a lounge offering light snacks, soft drinks, and cocktails, while laneway café Corsia serves premium and locally roasted coffee from St Ali, plus European-inspired bites during the daytime. On the rooftop, west-facing Sunset House is an inviting poolside bar that makes the most of the sweeping views across Melbourne from its perch.

Inside the M Club executive lounge at Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands.

Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is also home to the first M Club executive lounge in Australia, where guests staying on the property’s executive floors can enjoy complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, and evening cocktails. Designed in a residential style and complete with an outdoor terrace, the 24-hour lounge is also open to Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members.

Staying in shape at the hotel’s fitness center is a cinch thanks to the new Technogym Excite Live platform, which uses AI and features immersive workout content on top of entertainment options such as Netflix. But the hotel’s biggest drawcard is undoubtedly its 28-meter rooftop infinity pool, heated to just over 28°C throughout the year and offering panoramic vistas that encompass Melbourne’s CBD skyline as well as the monumental concrete towers of Bolte Bridge and Port Phillip Bay.

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Sweeping views of the city await at the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool.

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