Melbourne to get two new Courtyard by Marriott hotels

by James Wilkinson

Victoria is set to get two new Courtyard by Marriott properties in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, with Suleman Group properties set to open in December 2023 and December 2024.

Located within 25km of the city, Mulgrave (south) and Truganina (west) are both rapidly expanding metropolitan centres that possess a broad range of growing demand drivers for visitor accommodation.

“The signing of Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Mulgrave and Truganina reflects Marriott International’s commitment to expand our footprint into growth corridors outside of Australian capital cities,” said Marriott International Area Vice President, Sean Hunt.

“Sharing similar values of attaining the highest standards in hospitality, Marriott International is proud to play a strategic role in Suleman Group’s vision of expanding its property portfolio in the hospitality industry.”

Offering smart and easy amenities and services, Courtyard by Marriott hotels enable ambitious travellers to succeed through an environment that inspires creativity and fosters connections.

A classic moderately-priced option for business and leisure travellers, the two new hotels from the property development arm of Suleman Group, will be the first for the Courtyard by Marriott brand outside of the Victorian capital, with Marriott’s first Courtyard hotel due to open in West Melbourne next year.

Designed by leading architecture and interiors firm WMK, the two new properties will be Suleman Group’s first foray in hotel investment and development.

Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne, Mulgrave will comprise a total 212 guest rooms (a mix of studio, king and dual keys options), an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge, ‘grab and go’ café and fitness centre with sauna and steam rooms for guests to unwind.

Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne, Truganina will comprise 141 guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge, ‘grab and go’ café and rooftop bar. Close to a major distribution hub, the hotel will also feature a fitness centre and 331sqm of flexible meeting space.

“Despite the challenges faced by our industry, 2020 has been a record year of hotel signings for Marriott International in the Australia Pacific region, demonstrating investor’s confidence in the hotel industry’s prospects of success beyond this year,” said Marriott International Senior Director of Hotel Development, Richard Crawford.

“We know that our guest profile will change, and we are already seeing the rewards of pivoting our focus to local markets. Our new Mulgrave and Truganina hotels will benefit from these efforts as they both exist within localized commercial ecosystems and will have a reliance on intrastate and interstate guests.”

Suleman Group’s current property portfolio includes a number of office investments, neighbourhood activity centres, residential greenfield land development, a Collins Street office holding in Melbourne’s CBD, plus other substantial land holdings in the greater Melbourne area.