Featured image: Your new Melbourne must see. Photo: Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands.
First it was Flinders Lane scoring Melbourne’s noteworthy hotels of 2021 (looking at you W Melbourne and Quincy). Now it’s Docklands turn with the new Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands bringing five-star finesse and an attention-grabbing rooftop pool to the harbour precinct.
The 189-room retreat is Australia’s first new-build Marriott hotel in two decades — with its sleek, curvaceous profile inspired by the maritime locale. “To find inspiration for the form of the building, we only had to look to the luxury yachts around Docklands,” says Jesse Linardi, Design Director at DKO. “Our architecture is imbued with a similar elegant, curved design.”
While the interiors are all about refined luxury (think natural stone, polished timbers, and plenty of natural light) Marriott has saved a slice of glamour for the rooftop. Sky-high cocktail bar Sunset House overlooks a heated infinity pool (complete with submerged sun loungers) that hugs the curves of the 15th floor and stretches out towards the skyline.
Our tip for a luxe Melbourne mini break? Plump for an executive floor room as the hotel is also home to the first M Club lounge in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific region. The premium perks of this exclusive 24/7 sanctuary include complimentary breakfast, all-day snacking, and access to a private alfresco terrace.
Beyond the lounge, Archer’s restaurant will offer elegant all-day dining with an emphasis on local produce. Or you can grab a glass at Ada’s lobby bar. The name is a nod to London’s Ada Coleman — first female mixologist to head up the Savoy’s iconic American Bar during the 1920s.
But come sunset, there’s only one place to be. Poolside. The view may be stunning by day, but it’s dazzling after dark.
Where: Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands
Couples will love: Sky-high swims,romantic sunset cocktails, andM Club indulgences. Oh, and the area’s free tram service which will have you in the CBD in mere minutes.
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