The Como Melbourne is set to remain operating under its well-known South Yarra name following the decision by Accor to place the property in its MGallery collection.
The announcement coincides with the near completion of the property’s multi-million dollar refurbishment program, which will see the hotel once more compete alongside the city’s best hotels.
The Como Melbourne’s General Manager, Anne Marie Lennon, said the refurbishment and rebrand to MGallery would breathe new life into the hotel.
“The Como Melbourne has forever been a landmark hotel for many Australians, particularly Melbournians and for a large contingent of international guests,” she said.
“The renovation places The Como back in a winning position with discerning travellers and the enhancements guests will experience as a result of the hotel becoming part of the MGallery collection is going to be very exciting to see.”
As part of the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation, all of the 107 the rooms have been completely transformed by Melbourne-based interior designers Elsie+Betty, with wall murals a feature, as well as new bedding packages, bold lighting and modern furniture. All of the guestrooms also feature new, high gloss kitchens.
The hotel’s three signature penthouses have also been remodelled under three themes of ‘pearl’, ‘gems’ and ‘gold’.
The baby grand piano which singer Robbie Williams famously played on as he entertained his entourage will reclaim its position in the Gold penthouse and will sit alongside bold furnishings from Space furniture.
The MGallery collection comprises almost 50 hotels around the world, including Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains (NSW) and Melbourne’s Grand Hotel.
Following Accor’s acquisition of the Mirvac hotel portfolio, at least five more hotels will join the exclusive MGallery collection, with Sydney’s 4.5-star Harbour Rocks Hotel and Melbourne’s Hotel Lindrum to rebrand before 2013.