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Snazzy: Ritz-Carlton Melbourne Opens March 2023

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This has the potential to be one of Australia’s best city hotels…

Basics of the new Ritz-Carlton Melbourne

The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne is expected to open in March 2023, though isn’t yet accepting reservations. This will be Australia’s tallest hotel, and it also looks like it could be one of the country’s best city hotels. The concept was first announced back in 2015, so this hotel has been a long time coming.

The 257-room five-star hotel will be at the very top of an 80-story building on Lonsdale Street, so will feature great views of the city and Port Phillip Bay. Guests staying at the hotel will be whisked up to the very top floor of the building, where the lobby is located, and then the rooms are below that (but the lowest room is on the 65th floor, so all rooms should have amazing views).

The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will feature a variety of amenities, including a 79th floor club lounge, a signature restaurant and lobby bar (details remain to be seen), a heated indoor infinity pool and deck, a spa, and a gym.

I’m a sucker for hotels that are at the very top of skyscrapers. My first thought is that this hotel gives me Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong vibes (though the hotel isn’t quite as high up). I know some people don’t like having to take two elevators to get to their guest room, but in my opinion it’s a small price to pay for a lobby and rooms with amazing views.

Since the hotel isn’t yet accepting reservations, we don’t yet know what pricing and points requirements will be like.

Below you can find some renderings of this beautiful hotel

Ritz-Carlton Melbourne exterior
Ritz-Carlton Melbourne view
Ritz-Carlton Melbourne lobby
Ritz-Carlton Melbourne pool

Ritz-Carlton brand expanding nicely in Australia

It’s impressive to see the pace at which the Ritz-Carlton brand is growing in Australia. Several years ago there weren’t any Ritz-Carlton properties in Australia. Then in 2019, the Ritz-Carlton Perth opened, marking the brand’s first property “down under.”

Ritz-Carlton Perth pool

In addition to the new Melbourne property, Ritz-Carlton is also expected to open a property in Gold Coast in 2026. Of course it’s anyone’s guess if that timeline sticks, or if the project gets rebranded before the hotel ever opens, given how these kinds of things go.

A Ritz-Carlton Sydney has also been in the works for years, but there’s an ongoing dispute as to whether or not that will happen.

Bottom line

The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne is expected to open in March 2023, and will be Australia’s tallest hotel. It’ll be located in an 80-story building, and should be the city’s new best hotel. I’m excited to learn more details, and to check this out!

What do you make of the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne?

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