W Melbourne opened this week with a bang. Gracing the streets of Melbourne with 294 guestrooms and suites, as well as five new restaurants and bars – $1.25b of luxury ‘hotel’ real estate, as part of the Collins Arch development.
W Melbourne was due to open in late 2020, however, COVID-19 put a slight delay on the ribbon being cut. Will this be one of the most luxurious places to stay in Melbourne? We think so.
Here’s your sneak peek into what you can expect down Flinders Lane next time you’re visiting Melbourne.
W Melbourne Hotel location & our first impressions
The W Melbourne Hotel is located at 408 Flinders Lane; the hotel component of Collins Arch, making Melbourne’s CBD now complete. The hotel met and surpassed all expectations, and delivered a number of unexpected delights.
In usual W Hotel fashion you can expect to see design that defies expectations in all areas — think bold attitude meets Melbourne culture.
From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed into the ‘living room’ and are taken on a sensory experience as you are introduced to a lobby that reflects iconic laneways, famous for their graffiti street art with the sounds of local emerging artists – even the talent behind the desk pulls off the signature ‘W Hotel’ vibes with their fashion-first wardrobe.
What are the W Melbourne Hotel rooms and suites like?
The hotel spans 15 floors and boasts 294 guest rooms including 29 suites, 4 WOW suites and one extreme WOW suite. It’s accompanied by 830 square meters of ultra-modern conference and event space across seven different areas. If you’re here for business it’s nothing short of fabulous.
All rooms enchant a touch of ‘bold and witty’; the design is everything you can expect when staying at any W Hotel. For those who haven’t stayed with the chain before, you are surrounded by vibrancy and creativity in almost every corner.
Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows — and instead of your standard mini bar — a cocktail bar set-up which features a selection of local and up and coming products. Plush W bathrobes, Davines bath amenities, the signature W bed and a 55-inch LED TV round up the offerings.
Everything down to the wardrobe in the rooms has its own story — the design was inspired by Melbourne’s 1950’s old-school newspaper kiosks, yet again showcasing a raw, yet elegant aesthetic.
What amenities does the W Melbourne Hotel have?
For the foodies and cocktail connoisseurs — all-day dining restaurant Lollo, is already open, under the culinary creative direction of renowned local Chef Adam D’Sylva.
Diners will be taken from day to night and beyond, celebrating a mixed heritage and unique approach to the menu. The ‘Curious’ Bar is also in full swing with its design as impressive as its cocktail menu. The ‘Curious Ristretto’— W Hotel’s version of an espresso martini — is a must-try, sealed with beeswax and effusing a nutmeg smoke as you take your first sip.
We can only imagine what May 2021 will bring when Warabi (a Japanese restaurant) and Culprit (grab and go cafe come afternoon wine bar) are due to open.
Lastly, the ‘WET’ Deck on level 14 offers panoramic city views and pops of offbeat and eclectic characters and art, along with a built-in DJ booth.
How can I book the W Melbourne Hotel with points?
The W Melbourne is a Category 6 property when it comes to redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy points, so you will need between 36,000 to 60,000 points per night for a base-level room — premium rooms have an additional cost per night, payable in points or cash.
You can also transfer an equivalent of 54,000 to 90,000 Membership Rewards Points if you are a member of the American Express Rewards Program.
Overall, this addition is good news for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn points and stay in luxury in Melbourne; offering another premium brand to the already robust hotel industry in Victoria.