W Melbourne is slated to open in 2020 on Collins Street in the middle of Melbourne's shopping heartland. Following Brisbane's ten-gallon baths and Sydney's flashy pool deck overlooking the harbour, the Melbourne digs look to be no less indulgent. W Melbourne will encompass 294 rooms and suites, including an "Extreme Wow Suite", which we're guessing will be high on the list for very important wedding anniversary occasions or maybe a Tinder date you really want to impress.
To be designed by New York-based SHoP Architects, global design firm Woods Bagot and interior designers Hachem, W Melbourne will house a bar, restaurant, spa, gym and a heated indoor pool. And, for those needing function space, W will have more of it than you can physically fill — a 13,000-square metre space for conferences, meetings, or holding lush balls.
While there's no word yet on who will be running the restaurant, if Brisbane's W is anything to go by — it's headed up by Sydney's Three Blue Ducks — it'll be someone pretty good. Ben Shewry? Aaron Turner? David Moyle? We can only dream.
Functioning, too, as the bottom 20-storeys of a towering new precinct called Collins Arch, W Melbourne will sit on Collins Street, with the hotel lobby located on Flinders Lane. The $1.3 billion new precinct will be comprised of two towers of commercial, residential and retail spaces, joined at the top by a dramatic sky bridge.
W Melbourne and W Sydney will make three Australian branches for the W Hotel chain, adding to its existing 50 in the world, and helping reach its goal of 75 across the globe in the next two years.