From stylish new builds to a boutique winery property and sustainable luxury brand, Australia is set to welcome a host of new hotels in 2024, ideal for events and incentives. We check out six of the best…
This new five-star riverfront hotel will open as part of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development. The Star Grand will comprise 340 luxury rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows across two crescent-shaped towers, with an impressive entrance featuring a glass oculus ascending 35 metres and bespoke botanical artwork.
Hotel guests will have exclusive access to three pools on the resort’s Leisure Deck, an open-air oasis which delivers two football fields of public space, plus The Star Brisbane’s Sky Deck, a 250m (820 ft) rooftop runway of restaurants and bars floating above the Brisbane River. Business events can be held in Brisbane’s largest hotel ballroom – the Event Centre at The Star Brisbane – which has the capacity to host 2,000 guests.
Adelaide will see the opening of South Australia’s first Marriott Hotel. The five-star property is part of a redevelopment of the iconic Adelaide General Post Office (GPO) building, which is set to celebrate its 152nd anniversary on the hotel’s scheduled opening date of 6 May 2024.
Located in the heart of Adelaide’s city on the corner of King William and Flinders Streets, the hotel will be housed in a new 15-storey tower which will be integrated with the city’s historic GPO building. All 285 rooms will offer views of the city skyline and Victoria Square, and the hotel will offer 726 sqm of conference space, a 330 sqm ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and two dining venues.
New Collection property in Surry Hills, Sydney
TFE Hotels will open a new, yet-to-be-named Collection property in Sydney in 2024. Located in the vibrant boutique dining and shopping precinct of inner-city Surry Hills near Sydney’s city centre, the 102-room hotel will boast a rooftop infinity pool surrounded by lush greenery with views of the city.
The hotel is part of Australian property developer TOGA Group’s A$2 million mixed-use Surry Hills Village project, a curated precinct which will span 1.2 hectares, incorporating an expansive new public park and up to 12,000sq m of retail and commercial space. The property will be Australia’s fourth Collection hotel.
The Yarra Valley near Melbourne will soon be home to a new 33-room boutique winery hotel. Levantine Hill Estate’s new accommodation will complement the existing cellar door and wine production facility, which opened in 2021 and doubles as an expansive function space for up to 500 guests. The environmentally sensitive hotel is being designed by leading Australian architect Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis, who created the winery and events space.
The hotel will be located a short walk from the existing buildings and connected by the Village Green, a helicopter landing area located within a landscaped network of pathways and sculptures. Plans for a second 47-room lodge are also in development, providing further multipurpose spaces.
1 Hotels & Homes Melbourne
Sustainable luxury hotel brand 1 Hotels is set to open its first Australian property in Melbourne in 2024. Part of the Seafarers project at Flinders Wharf in Docklands, 1 Hotels & Homes Melbourne will feature 277 guest rooms and 114 hotel-branded residences, alongside several dining options, a 1000-seat function centre, wellness spa and lobby bar with river views.
The property’s sustainable design will include recycled and reclaimed timber from the site’s heritage wharf along with nearby rail bridges and wharfs. 1 Hotel Melbourne will also showcase a global art program by DarkLab, a subsidiary of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, and a team of acclaimed curators.
The Lodge Wadjemup on Rottnest Island
A site on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth in Western Australia is undergoing an A$40 million transformation and is set to reopen in 2024 as The Lodge Wadjemup. Located between the Thomson Bay settlement and the Island’s picturesque salt lakes, the hotel will offer 109 guest rooms, a relaxed restaurant to be named ‘Sunset Bar & Dining’, ‘The Kwoka Room’ event space and a swimming pool.
A dedicated outdoor space known as ‘The Gathering Ground’ will acknowledge the important cultural history of the Island and will be available to accommodate both public and private events, including ceremonies and culture sharing with the Noongar community.