Australia’s first high-rise hotel to be ‘built out of the sky’*, the Bates Smart-designed Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank, operated by TFE Hotels has swung open its sparkly new doors.
The swish new space promises peace of mind for eco-savvy travellers seeking a city escape in the heart of Melbourne’s buzzing entertainment and lifestyle precinct and ‘other side’, aka Southbank.
The hotel is within walking distance of everything Melbourne is famous for: art, culture, coffee, shopping, food, festivals and sport and the city’s historic Royal Botanic Gardens.
According to Bates Smart Director Julian Anderson, the 220-room property’s green cross-laminated timber (CLT) tower punches well above its weight when it comes to boosting the city’s lungs.
A fifth of the weight of concrete, the structure is believed to be the world’s tallest engineered timber extension, cleverly built on top of an existing office building.
As Julian explains, the 5,300 tonnes of CLT used to build the 10-storey, 32m-tall extension tower act as a carbon sink, off-setting about 4,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
“The environmental benefit of using CLT, wherever possible, in place of carbon-emitting materials like concrete and steel, represents best practice green design,” he said. “What’s really exciting is people will make a decision to stay at Adina Melbourne Southbank because it ticks all the boxes on location and experience, but also because of its commitment to sustainability.”
Situated at the intersection of Southbank Boulevard and City Road, the apartment hotel capitalises on its position via a striking, curved ‘glass curtain’ façade, punctuated by floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Crowning a total building height of 71.56m, it further enhances Melbourne’s chart-topping skyline, ranked Australia’s #1 and teetering high on the world’s Top 100 list, ahead of Sydney, London and even Las Vegas (according to the internationally-recognised Emporis ‘Skyline Ranking’).
Looking forward to welcoming the hotel’s first guests, Adina Melbourne Southbank Hotel General Manager Nigel Maxey knows they’re in for quite a few surprises, not least being choice of rooms with striking views. Either north-facing city views across the Yarra River or, southwards, to Port Philip Bay, home to about 100 bottle-nosed dolphins known to venture into Melbourne’s rivers for a CBD getaway about six times a year.
“The other WOW-factor is the spaciousness of rooms, particularly the 10 two-bedroom apartments, which hug the curve of the building on every level, covering 75 to 80 square metres,” Nigel said of the hotel that also offers 70 studio apartments and 140 one-bedroom apartments. All with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities and lounge/dining areas.
“Guests will definitely enjoy being able to spread out and live like locals, with the benefit of full hotel services including 24-hour reception, meeting facilities and really impressive on-site leisure facilities. Ideal to entertain families or people staying on business.”
Overlooking the Yarra River, the upscale apartment hotel’s north-facing leisure facilities include a 20m indoor lap pool and gym, blessed with natural light and direct sunlight.
Plus, access to a curved terrace, constructed as part of a steel transfer podium between 55 Southbank Boulevard’s original office building and its new CLT extension. A space designed for the perfect wind-down – or workout – any time of year, after a day exploring Southbank’s many attractions.
In a neighbourhood catering to every passion or pastime, Adina Melbourne Southbank rubs shoulders with the Southern Hemisphere’s highest public viewing platform – Eureka Skydeck and Crown Melbourne; some of the city’s finest restaurants including The Atlantic, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Nobu, Rosetta Ristorante and Spice Temple, to name just a few.
Rates from $159 per night (20% OFF fully flexible rate. Room only).
Find out more: www.adinahotels.com/en/apartments/melbourne-southbank
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