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Hilton (brand) returning to MEL

Virgin Bart

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From FlyerTalk:

Hilton is expected to open a new hotel at 472 Bourke St, to be named Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street. It's in a great central location right next to the Bourke St Mall precinct. This new opening will be in addition to the planned Hilton Melbourne Square situated in Southbank, with the Hilton group looking at aggressively expanding its operations in Melbourne. Currently only Doubletree by Hilton Flinders St is the sole representative for the group in Melbourne after the rebranding of the much loved Hilton South Wharf and Hilton on the Park hotels.
 

boomy

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From what I heard this owner, if it’s the same one (Melbourne, Noumea, Auckland) is known to announce hotel openings within 3 months from completion. Burke St was talked about for a while, glad to see it coming.
 

pauly7

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I won't claim to know the first thing about planning approvals and regs. But "remove three hotel rooms from level 5" - really, that micro?
It was the setback that they fought which can lead to a structural redesign that would cost them money but setbacks are very common (pretty much the rule in Melbourne) and protect streets from being cavernous wind tunnels and aesthetically avoiding stunning heritage listed build overs being dominated by the new builds on top.

The developer probably was just being lazy / trying it on and hoping VCAT would just overrule in their favour, to be fair they normally side with the developer - but this time they’ve grown a spine and said no :)

It shouldn’t delay things too much and if it does it’s the developers fault :)
 

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It was the setback that they fought which can lead to a structural redesign that would cost them money but setbacks are very common (pretty much the rule in Melbourne) and protect streets from being cavernous wind tunnels and aesthetically avoiding stunning heritage listed build overs being dominated by the new builds on top.

The developer probably was just being lazy / trying it on and hoping VCAT would just overrule in their favour, to be fair they normally side with the developer - but this time they’ve grown a spine and said no :)

It shouldn’t delay things too much and if it does it’s the developers fault :)
Around May 2020 is the expected opening :)
 
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