Holiday Inn Express, Little Collins opens its doors as travellers return to Melbourne

21 March 2022

Melbourne’s newest Holiday Inn Express at 589-599 Little Collins Street has officially thrown open its doors. Construction on the $88m development by Pro-invest Hotels was recently completed by Hickory, just in time for the return of local and international travellers.

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the 33-level building designed by Reid Campbell consists of a seven-level podium with two street frontages, containing three retail and five commercial tenancies. Above the podium sits a sleek 24-level tower that is set back from the four boundaries, containing 312 thoughtfully designed guest rooms.

In addition to the well-serviced, vibrant hotel rooms, the building features a restaurant on the second level in The Great Room, which has an open function room, high ceilings and timber acoustic panelling. Guests can also wind down at the bar lounge in the main lobby which serves a selection of drinks and café-style meals.

To celebrate the official launch of Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins, the hotel is offering rates starting from $175 per room per night from now until 27 April 2022.

Sitting on just a 1,254 square metre site, the construction of the development was streamlined through the use of Hickory’s innovative prefabricated SYNC Bathroom Pods. The pods were integrated throughout every guest room in the hotel, which eliminated the need for on-site finishing trades.

“Our SYNC pods are made in our purpose-built manufacturing facility in Laverton,” explained George Abraham, Managing Director of Hickory. “The whole pod is built on an assembly line, and simply installed and connected once they arrive on site.”

“This is where the real advantage of our SYNC technology comes in. Because the bathroom pods are integrated into the project build up-front, the pods can simply slot into the slab recess – leaving a flush finish between the bathroom and adjoining floor,” said Abraham.

Through the use of Hickory’s modular SYNC bathroom pods, the construction firm was able to reduce waste, increase safety and provide workarounds for the small city site.