There's little doubt luxe newcomer Jackalope Hotel was one of this year's most hyped openings when it launched in the heart of Mornington Peninsula wine country this April. Now, barely nine months on, owner Louis Li has already revealed plans for a second luxury hotel, his sights set this time on the Melbourne CBD.
Jackalope Flinders Lane will take over the site of the historic Maria George building, with the 32-suite, 16-storey boutique hotel set to be designed by March Studio. Despite the urban locale, however, Jackalope's second iteration will follow closely in the footsteps of the original, with a focus on art, design, storytelling and dining.
As such, while the existing Flinders Street property will remain, plans for the new build include the addition of a 10-storey 'minimal frosted glass box', and a rooftop 'cloud bar' boasting a cloud-shaped structure crafted from electropolished stainless steel wire.
Jackalope Flinders Lane will also feature its own cafe and two restaurants, housed on the lower four floors.
The whole thing is still subject to planning approval, with a intended launch date of 2020. Stay tuned and we'll let you know more news as it drops.
Jackalope Flinders Lane is set to open at 175-181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne in 2020.