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Melbourne Airport welcomes Australia's largest hotel opening of 2024

If it’s not new airlines landing at Melbourne Airport, it’s new hotels. The newest addition to the Melbourne Airport landscape is the Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport.

If it’s not new airlines landing at Melbourne Airport, it’s new hotels. The newest addition to the Melbourne Airport landscape is the Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport.

The first new-build, globally branded hotel to debut at Melbourne Airport in more than two decades officially swung open its doors for business this morning.

Accor Pacific, the company behind the properties, calls the opening the largest hotel opening in Australia in 2024. But its launch marks several firsts for the Tullamarine precinct. 

According to Accor, the property features Melbourne’s first airport health and wellbeing club, Higher Ground, which will boast an infrared sauna, pool, yoga studio and spa treatment room. 

The Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport hotels will have 464 rooms
The Novotel

In addition, the hotel features the airport’s first co-working space, called Aerofoil Workspace. 

Of course, what matters most are the location and rooms. 

Situated s short stroll from the 24/7 hub’s terminals, the Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport offer 464 guests rooms across both brands – with 248 rooms at the Novoteland 216 rooms at the ibis Styles. 

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Adrian Williams (left) at the opening.

Meanwhile, guests and travellers can enjoy three dining options: Small Holdings for coffee and pastries, Boccata Restaurant for Italian food and Amber State Taphouse & Kitchen, a modern gastropub opening in spring.

To celebrate the opening, over 120 industry guests and media joined Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus, Accor Pacific COO Adrian Williams and Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hotel.

Argus said the hotels would help comfortably accommodate rising passenger traffic.

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(L-R) McClements, Argus and Williams.

“As the Victorian gateway to the world, these new hotels enable us to meet the demand of a growing passenger base and to provide greater choice to travellers looking to spend the night here before an early flight or rest after a long trip,” Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus said.

“Both properties are also a fantastic addition for the 20,000 workers across the airport precinct, offering more food and beverage options, health and wellness facilities, and two floors of amazing co-working space.”

Williams said Accor aims to redefine airport hotels as “vibrant hubs that serve not just travellers, but entire communities”, highlighting how Melbourne Airport is evolving into a dynamic mini-city, with new hotels leading this transformation.

Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport pool
Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport pool.

“Offering 464 beautiful guest rooms split between Novotel and ibis Styles, both hotels also feature a full range of facilities to cater to business, conference, and leisure guests, as well as workers and visitors to the airport district,” he added. 

“In addition to three food and beverage outlets, function facilities for up to 330 guests, and Aerofoil Workspace, our hotel-serviced co-working space, we’re providing more than just a place to sleep.”

In June, the new-look PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport opened with refreshed interiors, guestrooms and amenities, including family rooms and full fitness facilities.