TFE Hotels has opened doors to its ultra-green Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank, with the new property positioned as a high-value option for eco-savvy travellers in the Victorian capital.
Owned and developed by Hume Partners, the 220-room hotel is Australia’s first constructed from cross-laminated timber in its mainframe construction and also features a glass exterior. It is Australia’s tallest mass timber vertical extension and sits on top of an existing concrete structure at ground level. TFE Hotels says the 10-storey extension tower acts as a “carbon sink” and offsets around 4,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.
Located at the corner of Southbank Boulevard and City Road, the hotel consists of 70 studio apartments, 140 one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom apartments, each with a kitchen and fully equipped internal laundry. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows in each room, with a choice of views overlooking the city, the Yarra River or Port Phillip Bay to the south.
General Manager, Nigel Maxey, said guests will be in for plenty of surprises as they enjoy their stay.
“Guests will definitely enjoy being able to spread out and live like locals, with the benefit of full hotel services including 24-hour reception, meeting facilities and really impressive on-site leisure facilities. Ideal to entertain families or people staying on business,” Maxey said.
Guest facilities also include a 20-metre indoor lap swimming pool, fitness centre with a curved terrace.
Bates Smart Director, Julian Anderson, who oversaw the design of the hotel’s interiors, said the cross-laminated timber punches well above its weight in its green credentials.
“The environmental benefit of using CLT, wherever possible, in place of carbon-emitting materials like concrete and steel, represents best practice green design,” Anderson said.