Pullman Melbourne On The Park is set to get a AUD$6 million makeover of the 419-room hotel’s ground floor interior spaces.
Set to be completed in July 2017, the hotel’s reception, arrival area, bar and restaurant will be completely transformed.
Pullman Melbourne On The Park General Manager, Erkin Aytekin, said: “This iconic hotel has long held a special place in the hearts of Melbournians, and our new welcoming sophisticated ground floor spaces are set to impress our loyal returning guests and attract even greater volumes of global nomads, captivated by Pullman hotels.”
“Once completed, the hotel will be brought into line with the international direction of the Pullman brand with its state-of-the-art design and finishes, whilst respecting the hotel’s rich heritage,” he said.
Set to undergo the greatest transformation is the restaurant and bar. Large open plan spaces and semi-private dining room areas will be incorporated into the new restaurant concept, all designed around creating an interactive environment, featuring a large pizza oven, raw bar section for fresh seafood and cured items, a churned ice-creamery and dessert bar.
Featured quite prominently in the design is an oversized new bar with a central position, designed for bar staff and mixologists to create and animate cocktail making. The bar will also serve ice cold hand selected craft beers and a wide selection of wines, as well as all-day dining options focused around shared dishes. Set to be an entity in its own right, the bar will feature a large double sided fireplace near the entrance to welcome hotel guests and external patrons alike, acting as a conduit, linking to the restaurant, lobby and hotel.
Inspired by the hotel’s leafy outlook over Fitzroy Gardens, the colours and textures will be reflected in treatments throughout the new ground floor design, with lush patterns set against a backdrop of chevron timber wall panelling, retaining the formality of an upscale executive hotel with a relaxed sophisticated ambience.