Marriott International has announced that it will be bringing its Le Méridien brand to Melbourne CBD, with the 235-room property slated to open in 2020.

The move marks the return of the popular Le Méridien to Australia, which formerly had properties in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Le Méridien Melbourne will be located inside a converted 12-storey building, just a stone’s throw from Parliament Square, and will closely resemble the rest of the brand’s European mid-century style. The hotel will also feature a 90-seat all-day dining restaurant, a 210sqm function space with three breakout rooms, two bars and a heated swimming pool.

Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Marriott International, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, said: “Marriott International is pleased to reintroduce Le Méridien to Australia, in particular to Melbourne.

“Melbourne is known as one of Australia’s most European-style cities, especially with its art, culture and food attractions. As a Parisian-born brand focused on unlocking a destination, Le Méridien is the perfect fit for the city and the hotel is set to become a landmark for cultural-focused travellers visiting Melbourne.”

Richard Crawford, Senior Director Development, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International, added: “The arrival of Le Méridien into Australia is a momentous move for Marriott International. It comes at a perfect time. Alongside Melbourne’s growing demand from domestic travellers, new international direct routes from the United States, Asia-Pacific and South America are driving continued growth in international visitation.”