Openings In Sydney & Melb Delayed

Marriott, IHG and Hilton have all delayed the opening of new luxury hotels in Sydney and Melbourne


Key points:

  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour was due May, now opening Sept 2020

  • W Hotel in Melb due August, now December

  • Hilton Melbourne due 2019, now taking bookings from Feb 2021


Marriott, IHG and Hilton have all delayed the opening of new luxury hotels in Sydney and Melbourne amid the coronavirus pandemic – some by up to six months.


In Sydney, the 152-room Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour, developed and owned by China's Ausbao and operated by IHG, was due to open in May, but now won't start taking guests until September.


In Melbourne, Marriott's 294-key W Hotel will not open until December, five months later than its original August launch date. The Hotel is part of Cbus Property's Collins Arch high-rise development on Collins Street and was bought by Japanese billionaire Katsumi Tada's Daisho for $220 million in 2017.


Also in Melbourne, the 244-room Hilton Melbourne on the corner of Bourke and Little Queen streets was initially due to be completed at the end of 2019, and then later pushed back to the second quarter of 2020. Currently, the hotel's website says it is only taking bookings for February 2021. Developed and owned by Singapore tycoon Michael Kum's M&L Hospitality.


At the same time as hotel openings are delayed, Capital Alliance developer Mohan Du said development of his two Melbourne hotels were proceeding as planned. Marriott Docklands scheduled to open at the end of the year and AC Hotel by Marriott in Fishermans Bend, is under construction and due for completion in 2021.

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