Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
When The Como Melbourne hotel opened its doors on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street 22 years ago, it was not only the place to stay in Melbourne, it was the place where style, fashion and hospitality combined to create an unrivalled hotel experience.
Now, as its multi-million dollar refurbishment program comes to a close, The Como Melbourne is set to re-establish its dominance and become part of Accor’s exclusive MGallery collection of hotels.
The MGallery collection comprises almost 50 hotels around the world, including Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains and The Grand Hotel in Melbourne. Following Accor’s acquisition of the Mirvac hotel portfolio, at least five more hotels will join the exclusive MGallery collection, with Sydney’s 4.5-star Harbour Rocks Hotel and Melbourne’s Hotel Lindrum to rebrand before 2013.
In joining the MGallery collection, the 5-star Como Melbourne becomes part of a highly distinctive set of upscale hotels which posses an exceptional personality through one or more of three principal categories: Heritage, Serenity and Signature. The Como Melbourne’s Signature style and exceptional South Yarra location make it a fitting addition to the MGallery collection.
As part of the Melbourne hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation, all of the 107 rooms have been completely transformed by Melbourne-based interior designers Elsie+Betty, with chic wall murals a feature, as well as new bedding packages, bold lighting and modern furniture. All of the spacious guestrooms feature new, high gloss kitchens.
Stylish enhancements to the general public areas as well as quirky hallway seating and striking artwork add to the 5-star hotel experience.
The hotel’s three signature penthouses are set to be the most sought after accommodation in Melbourne and each suite has been totally renovated and styled to suit three themes: ‘Pearl’, ‘Gems’ and ‘Gold’.
The Pearl penthouse will embody an elegant and timeless design, with soft, neutral tones complementing classic, rich furnishings. The Gems suite will boast a colourful palette with bold splashes of colour and funky decorative elements.
The baby grand piano which singer Robbie Williams famously played on as he entertained his entourage will reclaim its position in the Gold penthouse and will sit alongside bold furnishings from Space furniture.
Other guests who have been known to tinkle the baby grand ivories include Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Michael Bublé and the legendary Bruce Springsteen.
General Manager for The Como Melbourne, Anne Marie Lennon, said the refurbishment and rebrand to MGallery will breathe new life into the hotel. “The Como Melbourne has forever been a landmark hotel for many Australians, particularly Melbournians and for a large contingent of international guests.
“The renovation places The Como back in a winning position with discerning travellers and the enhancements guests will experience as a result of the hotel becoming part of the MGallery collection is going to be very exciting to see.”
The hotel’s naturally lit indoor swimming pool with retractable roof remains one of the centrepieces of the hotel, while the hotel’s bustling SOBar is still a favourite watering hole for a late night night-cap.
Perfectly positioned on the corner of two of Melbourne’s most famous and fashionable streets, The Como Melbourne is set to reassert its claim on the Melbourne accommodation scene and have global significance as it becomes part of the MGallery collection of hotels.
Joining a world-renowned network of distinctive hotels
The Como Melbourne joins a number of other renowned hotels in Accor’s prestigious MGallery Collection. It is the third MGallery in Australia, following the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains and the Grand Hotel in Melbourne. The MGallery Collection also includes the four-times “New Zealand Hotel of the Year” St Moritz in Queenstown. The Como Melbourne sits alongside such distinctive properties as the Baltimore in Paris, St-Ermin’s in London, The Convent Hotel Amsterdam and Vie Hotel Bangkok.
Rates at The Como Melbourne start from $255.
For more information, head to http://www.accorhotels.com
MGallery is the high-end hotel Collection of the Accor group, first worldwide hotel operator, with over 4,200 hotels and 145,000 employees in 90 countries. Each hotel of the Collection stages with talent a unique personality and story, experienced by guests through its architecture, interior design and services.
Each hotel is inspired by one of the three typical atmospheres of the Collection. Some hotels present ”Heritage” origins, places filled with history; others reflect an aesthetic universe, a style, the “Signature” of a personality who contributed to their creation or decoration; others finally promise a relaxing time, “Serenity”, in a natural or urban retreat. All hotels of the Collection invite guests to experience “Memorable Moments”.
Launched in September 2008, the MGallery collection has rapidly expanded to cover five continents with 50 hotels and will grow to over 100 locations by late 2015. mgallery.com