Colliers International selects IHG to operate Salta Properties’ latest mixed-use development in Melbourne
Colliers International is proud to announce that Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Salta Properties have signed a management agreement to build a Hotel Indigo in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.
The announcement marks IHG’s second Hotel Indigo venture, following on from the recent announcement of a Brisbane Hotel Indigo in Fortitude Valley.
Colliers International’s Gus Moors and Guy Wells lead the selection process on behalf of Salta Properties.
Salta Properties executive chairman, Sam Tarascio, said choosing Docklands as the location was a particularly poignant decision.
“In the 1950s, I migrated to Australia, arriving at Victoria Dock on a ship from Italy,” he said.
“That bleak port has been transformed over the years to become Melbourne’s vibrant Docklands waterfront, so it means so much to me to give back to the place that welcomed me 67 years ago.”
Mr Tarascio said the Hotel Indigo brand was the perfect fit for a place that “oozed local neighbourhood character”, with expansive water views and open spaces.
“With some 20million visitors expected to visit the Docklands each year, it’s great timing to be developing this striking hotel in Melbourne’s new and contemporary neighbourhood,” he said.
Mr Wells said the 170-room hotel would feature Indigo’s trademark lifestyle design by incorporating the Docklands’ most distinctive features.
“It will be different from the brand’s other hotel offerings, upgrading from the usual 4.5 stars to a deluxe five-star offering,” he said.
Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands will boast a large resort-style pool and gym, a meeting and boardroom and an iconic, street-facing neighbourhood restaurant and bar across two levels.
“The Hotel Indigo brand is extremely important to our continued growth in Australia, as we know the appeal that these ‘local’ hotels have for our guests,” IHG’s chief operating officer for Australasia and Japan, Karin Sheppard, said.
“We expect Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands to become a leading lifestyle hotel in Melbourne, differentiating itself from other hotel offerings in the city thanks to the brand’s entirely unique style. “While we know Melbourne is seen as the world’s most liveable city, Docklands presents a Melbourne that is not just liveable, but gritty, with an eclectic style. Our Hotel Indigo guests will undoubtedly love exploring and being inspired by the area,”
Mr Wells said the selection of the IHG-branded Hotel Indigo was the result of a competitive operator selection process, which saw several premium and high-profile hotel brands compete for the opportunity.
“Through the process, we were dealing with a number of hotel operators, and interestingly a number of new brands looking to enter the market, which is a great outcome for Melbourne as we continue to grow in our international and domestic appeal to both corporate and tourism/leisure travellers,” he said.