Hilton has announced the opening of the 244-key Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street.

Located on the corner of Little Queen and Bourke Streets, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s recreational and cultural attractions as well as the business hubs.

It is within walking distance of Bourke Street Mall and Federation Square and a short tram ride from popular tourist attractions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Melbourne international airport is 23 km from the property.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street’s heritage building was formerly the Melbourne Equity Chambers, built-in 1931. Architecture and design studio Bates Smart has maintained old-world charm by restoring original features and also incorporating a modern six-level extension, and a new 16-level tower.

The guestrooms feature custom details that also celebrate the building’s heritage as well as Melbourne cityscapes. Leather wardrobe handles are inspired by vintage luggage, carpet designs mirror patterns found in the Equity Chambers facade, and prints by Roger Arnall showcase Melbourne architecture.

The rooms are fitted with high-end amenities including HDTV with built-in Chromecast, speciality coffee curated by Dukes Coffee Roasters, and premium hotel bath products by local maker Hunter Lab.

Head to the Luci restaurant, which is located in the building’s former grand banking hall and is accessed via the hotel’s Bourke Street entrance. The restaurant serves contemporary Australian cuisine, and nods to “Melbourne’s history of Italian immigrants and its evolution into a cosmopolitan culinary city”.

The Douglas Club, an opulent lounge bar split across two rooms offers cocktails, cognacs, an extensive wine and champagne selection, and light bites.

For business events, the hotel houses seven meeting spaces that range in size from 24 to 143 sqm. The spaces exude Art Deco aesthetics and natural light and are equipped with the latest tech amenities. A large open-air balcony on level five offers city skyline views and a large wall mural by Kitt Bennett.

Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton said:

“It is with immense pleasure we announce the return of our flagship brand Hilton Hotels & Resorts to Melbourne, with the opening of the stunning Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street. The hotel is set to be an icon of Melbourne’s CBD with its reimagining of the heritage Equity Chambers building.

“Melbourne is a priority destination for Hilton and the hotel joins DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne–Flinders Street, also owned by valued business partners M&L Hospitality. Our commitment to the city is further evidenced by our development pipeline, which includes Hilton Garden Inn Bundoora expected in 2022, and DoubleTree by Hilton Box Hill and Hilton Melbourne Square, both expected in 2024.”

To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 Points per night–up to a maximum of 3,000 Hilton Honors Points–for bookings from now to June 30, 2021, when booking directly with Hilton.