Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

Hilton will return to Melbourne with an all-new flagship Hilton Melbourne Square development at Southbank, due to open in 2023.

That location – flanked by Southbank's entertainment and arts precincts – isn't too far from the hotel group's former South Wharf site, which in July 2017 was rebranded as the Pan Pacific Melbourne.

The new Hilton Melbourne Square will offer 600 rooms, including 28 suites and one Presidential Suite.

– in Tower Five of the six-tower $2.8 billion development, which has been designed by Cox Architecture, the same firm behind city's recently-opened private jet terminal.

Photos: Step inside Melbourne's new private jet base

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • rstephenp


    15 Jan, 2019 07:28 am

    Thank goodness. The Doubletree is always booked out. The food is not good either.
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  • Mal


    15 Jan, 2019 08:19 am

    Nice scoop AusBT! Melbourne deserves a 'proper' Hilton, just a shame we will have to wait this long for it.
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  • russell


    15 Jan, 2019 09:14 am

    Still amazes me that Melbourne went from three Hilton properties to zero in a relatively short space of time. To only have DoubleTree representation in a city the size of Melbourne is absurd. Would have thought Melbourne would be a great first entry into AU for a Conrad branded hotel.
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    15 Jan, 2019 10:35 am

    Well, a re-entry. There have been two Conrads in Australia - Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Bear in mind also that Conrads are generally (exclusively?) casino-based hotels.
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  • mg2003


    15 Jan, 2019 12:04 pm

    No, not really. I cant think of any Conrads that are casino-based other than Macau, which shares the Cotai Sands casino with 3 other hotels. Maybe the Gold Coast one used to be??

    Anyway, as a Hilton Diamond, I want a better option when I return to my home town than a doubletree where half the rooms have either no window, or a have one meter gap from the next building...
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    16 Jan, 2019 01:47 am

    Yes, the Gold Coast hotel opened as Conrad Jupiters in 1985, and the Brisbane Casino as Conrad Treasury in about 1996.
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  • eminere


    10 Jun, 2019 03:26 pm

    Two examples are hardly persuasive empirical evidence to support your generalisation.
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  • guesswho2000


    12 Jun, 2019 10:07 pm

    Conrad Cairo apparently, but other than that I agree, I wouldn't generally have associated Conrad with Casinos other than Macau,
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  • russell


    15 Jan, 2019 12:08 pm

    Conrad casino based? Not likely apart from Macau. Can think of many that I have stayed in that are not casino based such as Singapore, HK, New York, Dubai, Koh Samui.....
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  • Greg84


    15 Jan, 2019 07:22 pm

    The Star Gold Coast was originally Conrad Jupiters. It then was known simply as Jupiters before being renamed The Star. The Brisbane casino was originally Conrad Treasury, now just the Treasury Casino.
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  • Alex_upgrade


    16 Jan, 2019 07:21 am

    John, normally you're spot on but not today. I just stayed at the Conrad Istanbul and there was no casino in sight. Neither did the one in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Washington or London where I also stayed in 2018. Conrad is just another premium brand of Hilton and would be a welcome addition to any Australian city.
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  • crosscourt


    25 Jan, 2019 03:46 pm

    No casino at the Co rad Miami or HKG or SIN etc,
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  • jianga


    15 Jan, 2019 01:03 pm

    So does this mean the rumoured take over of a Bourke St site by Hilton isn't happening anymore?
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  • Andy H

    Andy H

    15 Jan, 2019 02:39 pm

    I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet, Melbourne is a hot market at the moment for hotel groups, Marriott is opening several hotels in Melbourne under its different brands. Remember that Hilton use to have 3 properties in Melbourne, so having 2 in the city area is not unheard-of.
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  • alyopsis


    15 Jan, 2019 03:36 pm

    Didn't they have the airport hilton (now Parkroyal), South Wharf (now Pan Pac) and Hilton on the Park (now Pullman) all running at the one time a few years ago.

    Reminds me of when there were three Sheraton branded properties at once in Sydney then that kind of quickly collapsed in a heap.
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  • Tom Wilson


    8 Jun, 2019 08:58 am

    The first Hilton opened in 1974 in (East) Melbourne, built new. The General Manager for 10 years was the late Frank Christie, a Melbournian and perhaps the most respected GM of his time. Headhunted from Sydney by no less than Conrad Hilton Snr himself. It was for some years the best hotel in Melbourne. No Hilton property since in that city has come anywhere near it. I'm looking forward to this new one and hoping it will do so or even exceed.
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  • Andrew


    9 Jun, 2019 05:14 pm

    So, this means there will be 3 Hilton properties in Melbourne (the Double Tree, the one planned for Little Queens St, and this one)?
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  • Decatur


    11 Jun, 2019 05:33 pm

    The Hilton on Little Queen St (and and Bourke Street) will well under construction. The lift core is up to level 10. It will open next year.
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25 Jun, 2019 03:58 am


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