The laneway entrance to Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street.

Nearly five years after its former site was acquired, the flagship Hilton brand will make its return to Melbourne, with the company announcing it will open its new presence in the city at midday on 22 March 2021.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street will reside within the city’s 1930-built and heritage listed Equity Chambers following a grand internal redesign by owner M&L Hospitality, carried out by leading interior design firm, Bates Smart.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street features 234 rooms and 10 suites.

The hotel is located between the Docklands precinct and what is known as the ‘Paris end’ of the city, on the corner of Little Queen Street and Bourke Street. Alongside 244 rooms and suites, guest facilities include the signature ‘Luci’ restaurant and bar, featuring a modern Australian menu with touches of European culinary traditions. A stylish bar, known as The Douglas Club, is a classic cocktail bar emblematic of the golden age of travel.

Guests can also access a fitness centre and seven flexible meeting rooms.

A plethora of energising artworks abound in the new hotel, with a variety of street art impressions by Kitt Bennett and David Lee Pereira, commissioned by Juddy Roller. Rooms include framed prints showcasing Melbourne architecture by local photographer, Roger Arnall.

The hotel’s interiors were designed by Bates Smart.

Hilton Cluster General Manager, Adrian Teh, who will oversee the new Hilton alongside the existing DoubleTree by Hilton on Flinders Street, said the new hotel will be a great addition to the vibrant Melbourne hotel landscape.

“As we put the finishing touches on Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street in preparation for opening, we are confident it will be a beautiful addition to the city skyline,” he said.

“Both leisure and business guests alike will be able to experience the best of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and cultural experiences when they stay with us.”