18 NOVEMBER 2019
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Melbourne’s central business district has welcomed its first hotel under Accor’s upmarket Pullman brand after a £16m investment to rebuild the former Swanston Grand Mercure.
Owned by Erdigroup and operated by Accor, the new Pullman Melbourne on Swanston has 15 storeys and offers 204 guestrooms and suites at the gateway to the Little Bourke Street precinct, home to Melbourne’s best shopping and dining.
Erdigroup chief executive Ricky Jeffs said the team behind the project had "challenged convention", raising the bar on hotel product in the city after the original building was stripped-back to its structural bones.
He added: “Nothing was left untouched in the major overhaul, which has delivered a striking façade, re-designed guest rooms, a designer lobby, a brand-new restaurant and an exclusive club lounge overlooking the city.”
Four interior designers, Rothelowman, Studio Mac, interiors by Foster and P49, were engaged to create special spaces throughout the hotel to offer guests an element of the unexpected at every turn and create what Jeffs described as “an eclectic mix of sophisticated urbanism”.
The Club Lounge, a Pullman brand signature, is a further feature of the new Pullman. Operating across a whole floor, it is on level 15 with views of the city as a major attraction.
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