Snazzy: Ritz-Carlton Melbourne Opens March 2023

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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  1. Uncle Nick Guest

    Let's be real. Melbourne seems to be under renovation at the moment. Why? ...because if you build it, they will come. I worked the opening of the Park Hyatt in melb wayback in 1999. It was a dead period in Australian tourism & visitor numbers. Then we built it up, and helped contribute into melb becoming a 'livable' and highly visited city. We did it once, actually we did it many times in history, we will do it again. We are Melbourne, Australia.

  2. Jason Guest

    Actually i change my mind. I love australia and the ritz.

  3. Marcus Guest

    Pity about the location.
    It is not in the middle of the CBD.
    Pretty dead at night too, and the nearby King St / Bourke St / Lonsdale corners are very shady. ( Homeless, drug addicts hang around there and it can be very rowdy during the weekends)

    1. skimegheath Gold

      Agree totally on location. King Street can be super busy and seedy at night.

  4. Morgan Diamond

    As a Perth resident very happy another Aussie city is getting a Ritz-Carlton as ours is amazing!

  5. Regis Guest

    Beautiful hotel but in a completely forgettable city except for the graffiti, homeless and garbage everywhere.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      Spoken like a true insecure Sydneysider.

      Someone has a case of the envies!

    2. Never In Doubt Guest

      I’m here for the intra-Aussie smack-talk!

    3. Pete Guest

      So true. We were reluctant transplants to Melbourne for work, but we’ve realised it’s far superior to Sydney in almost every way. Nobody is obsessed with money or real estate, or what car you drive, or being the flashiest person on the block. Sydney is fake, and hollow, and populated by fake, angry people. Melbourne is the real deal. Sydneysiders can keep their humid, cockroach-ridden, cultural wasteland full of poseurs.

    4. Max Guest

      Mate - couldn't have just said it rains all the bloody time??

    5. Pete Guest

      In Sydney? Yes. We have a lot of cloudy days in Melbourne, by far the most of any big Australian city, but the rainfall average of 650 mm (25 inches) is about half of Sydney’s 1200 mm (47 inches). And bear in mind that so far in 2022, Sydney has had more than 2000 mm (79 inches).

    6. Marcus Guest

      Hi Regis,
      Sadly you are right, especially post Covid lockdowns.
      Melbourne has been destroyed by a left wing state government and city council. Can't believe that they are planning to open a drug injection room in the CBD too.

  6. Tony Guest

    Melbourne is a fabulous city, but unfortunately the Ritz Carlton will be in one of the least desirable locations, right opposite Southern Cross station. The western side of the city is far away from the more salubrious ‘Paris end’ so it’s quite a peculiar location for such a premium property. Nonetheless, Melbourne is one of the easiest major cities to navigate, so it won’t necessarily be a deal breaker.

    It is correct that the...

    Melbourne is a fabulous city, but unfortunately the Ritz Carlton will be in one of the least desirable locations, right opposite Southern Cross station. The western side of the city is far away from the more salubrious ‘Paris end’ so it’s quite a peculiar location for such a premium property. Nonetheless, Melbourne is one of the easiest major cities to navigate, so it won’t necessarily be a deal breaker.

    It is correct that the owner of the Grand Hyatt (arguably the very best location in Melbourne) is currently assessing redevelopment options as the building is now more than 40 years old.

    1. Mike Guest

      I tend to agree, Tony, but things seem to have changed post covid. The Paris end of the city has been decimated by the pandemic, a massive number of cafes and restaurants have either closed or only open on some days of the week and for lunch onwards. All of my usual breakfast spots have now closed.
      I stayed on the other side of town, and agree it is less attractive and also suffers...

      I tend to agree, Tony, but things seem to have changed post covid. The Paris end of the city has been decimated by the pandemic, a massive number of cafes and restaurants have either closed or only open on some days of the week and for lunch onwards. All of my usual breakfast spots have now closed.
      I stayed on the other side of town, and agree it is less attractive and also suffers from way too much construction, but it does seem to have a cool vibe, and a lot of the local venues have survived (either through lower rents or the fact that it has more residential buildings)

    2. Marcus Guest

      Melbourne used to be a great city, but it has been destroyed by a left wing state government and city council. Can't believe that they are planning to open a drug injection room in the CBD too.

  7. dwondermeant Guest

    At Bill NDC
    Sadly The Grand Hyatt Mel was sold and in its final few years from my understanding
    Hopefully it comes back as a Hyatt!

  8. dwondermeant Guest

    Thanks for the heads up on this Sir Lucky
    Melbourne is my favorite city in the world and has inspired me in every aspect of my life
    My first visit was in the 90s
    The people are simply awesome and they love their dining and cooking as I do.
    A Cafe society
    In the many hotels I have stayed at I have witnessed some of the finest hospitality and generosity...

    Thanks for the heads up on this Sir Lucky
    Melbourne is my favorite city in the world and has inspired me in every aspect of my life
    My first visit was in the 90s
    The people are simply awesome and they love their dining and cooking as I do.
    A Cafe society
    In the many hotels I have stayed at I have witnessed some of the finest hospitality and generosity of my lifetime as a frequent guest.
    And especially the people with their joy and sense of humor who take personal interest in others in or out of Australia.
    I'm back in a few weeks and cannot wait to revisit and experience since my last visit in 2019
    Would try the new Ritz Carlton as I back next April as well
    Hopefully its a lot better than the new Downtown Ritz Carlton NYC which I thought was completely mediocre with average decor and overpriced to the point of being absurd.
    Melbourne IMO has also been a city of great value when comparing the likes of rooms/suites in London or New York etc.And right now with the strength of the dollar awesome.Enjoy it while we can!

  9. Bill n DC Gold

    We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in 1989 visit. Nice corner room, club lounge, and new friends. We used United miles for Biz on B747SP
    There to meet with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne as I was the mayor of Melbourne, Iowa

    Next month I’ll get to experience the refreshed Sydney Intercontinental using my Abassador Weekend BOGO

  10. Ed Guest

    A really grotty location. That end of the hoddle grid has always been a bit tawdry. Convenient location for the central police station and Melbourne assessment prison.

  11. Crosscourt Guest

    With any luck this guy @jason won't come back to Australia. What a stupid comment.

    1. Jason Guest

      As other friends and colleagues have said, it’s a long way to go to get what you can get in California. Don’t worry. I won’t!

  12. KC Guest

    I lived in a high rise apartment building opposite this upcoming development and got no sleep at weekends due to a rooftop nightclub that operates raves all night every weekend evening and public holiday from 11pm-7am. Hopefully this hotel has better sound proofing than my old apartment or there will be lots of cranky guests when this hotel opens for people in east facing rooms.

    Check out Brown Alley and their noise complaints on...

    I lived in a high rise apartment building opposite this upcoming development and got no sleep at weekends due to a rooftop nightclub that operates raves all night every weekend evening and public holiday from 11pm-7am. Hopefully this hotel has better sound proofing than my old apartment or there will be lots of cranky guests when this hotel opens for people in east facing rooms.

    Check out Brown Alley and their noise complaints on Google Place reviews.

    https://g.co/kgs/xFGw7X (Not my review)

  13. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

    Once again, it seems like Marriott is only interesting in openly properties flagger under Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Edition or W. Those are the four brands it almost exclusively manages. Meanwhile, the growth for Marriott's other brands, including JW Marriott, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin, seem relegated to franchisees.

    1. Bobby J Guest

      Still better than Hyatt’s expansion, which, we both lament, seems to be exclusively Aimbridge Hyatt Place/House properties, and third-tier European properties.

    2. pstm91 Diamond

      I think it seems that way because those properties you mention are already EVERYWHERE. There's no shortage of the luxury brands either, but those are the names they seem to be expanding, and they are the names worth advertising in their portfolio. Does anyone really care if a Westin opens in their city? I'm not on that side of the industry, but I'd also imagine from a business perspective they are making a lot more revenue from the properties that charge way more.

    3. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

      The properties may be "everywhere" in North America, but Marriott's full-service footprint is still pretty light in Europe.

      I think the real challenge is that full-service hotels are getting too expensive to operate in many markets, thanks to the combination of labor shortages and high labor costs. Providing the service and amenities at the expected standard that separate a Westin or JW Marriott from a Courtyard or Fairfield is getting very, very difficult. A...

      The properties may be "everywhere" in North America, but Marriott's full-service footprint is still pretty light in Europe.

      I think the real challenge is that full-service hotels are getting too expensive to operate in many markets, thanks to the combination of labor shortages and high labor costs. Providing the service and amenities at the expected standard that separate a Westin or JW Marriott from a Courtyard or Fairfield is getting very, very difficult. A good example are Norway and Sweden.

      As for money, I don't know. Marriott doesn't really franchise Ritz-Carlton. There are, I believe, only two Ritz-Carlton properties franchised (Chicago and Kuala Lumpur). But the revenue and franchise fees that Marriott collects from brands that it does franchise are basically the same, regardless of cost. If anything, Marriott may make a little less money managing a property because Marriott has significantly more staff and management at a Marriott-managed property. Some of the big third-party management companies that operate franchised properties for owners are attractive for owners because they have reduced staffing and management levels thereby reducing costs.

  14. Jason Guest

    Extremely overrated country and city, there are better hotel chains out there (if one must do a chain). Hard pass.

    1. Leigh Gold

      I think we'll give your comment a hard pass as well.

    2. Pete Guest

      Don’t worry about him, he clearly has no idea what the average Australian thinks of the average American.

    3. Jason Guest

      Actually, I'm very aware, having lived there and having worked with Australians around the world. Which is a big part of what colours my impression.

    4. EK_engineer Guest

      @Jason

      Or looking at it the other way: maybe it's simply beyond your resources?

    5. Jason Guest

      My resources are pretty vast, thanks. I choose nicer, higher-end hotels in better locations.

    6. T- Guest

      Stay home. You’ve missed out on something spectacular. Melbourne is a lovely city and the new “Ritz Carlton” will be a bright spot in a neighborhood that is ripe for change.

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Leigh Gold

I think we'll give your comment a hard pass as well.

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Crosscourt Guest

With any luck this guy @jason won't come back to Australia. What a stupid comment.

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KC Guest

I lived in a high rise apartment building opposite this upcoming development and got no sleep at weekends due to a rooftop nightclub that operates raves all night every weekend evening and public holiday from 11pm-7am. Hopefully this hotel has better sound proofing than my old apartment or there will be lots of cranky guests when this hotel opens for people in east facing rooms. Check out Brown Alley and their noise complaints on Google Place reviews. https://g.co/kgs/xFGw7X (Not my review)

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