AccorHotels will set a company milestone over the next three years as it surpasses 50 Mercure branded hotels, with new locations earmarked for Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Auckland.
In order, the Mercure Auckland Queen Street will mark the milestone 50th property, opening in 2019 and followed the same year by Mercure Canberra Belconnen. Mercure Southport will follow a year later, capped off by Mercure Melbourne Doncaster in 2021. The previously announced 120-room Mercure Sydney Bankstown is slated to open in 2020 as part of a major redevelopment of the Bankstown RSL.
Three of the four newly announced properties will be new-builds, with only Mercure Auckland to be retrofitted within existing infrastructure. Spread over eight levels, the 96-room property will feature a restaurant and fitness centre.
Mercure Canberra Belconnen will be a five-level, 125-room building to be constructed adjoining the Canberra Labor Club. It will be a 20-minute drive from Canberra Airport and also close to a number of key government offices.
The newest Mercure for the Gold Coast will be situated in Southport, just north of Surfers Paradise and will sit near to the waterfront and Australia Fair Shopping Centre. The 160-room location will also offer guests a restaurant, bar and swimming pool as part of a mixed development also featuring residential dwellings and retail offerings.
A six-floor new-build will comprise the Mercure Melbourne Doncaster, to be constructed in the surburban CBD across from the local Westfield Shopping Centre. It will offer 190 rooms over six floors, a restaurant and bar.
Each of the five forthcoming hotels will cater to the MICE industry, with a variety of conference, event and meeting facilities catering to parties of varying sizes.
“We are thrilled to announce our 50th milestone for the Mercure brand and add four new Mercure hotels to AccorHotels’ Pacific network in dynamic locations including the Gold Coast, Canberra, Melbourne and Auckland,” AccorHotels COO Pacific Simon McGrath said.