Explore the legendary legacy of Grand Hyatt Melbourne
For 30 years Grand Hyatt Melbourne has remained the benchmark for excellence. A name synonymous with luxury, the iconic hotel commands a landmark position in the heart of Collins Street, Melbourne. Grand Hyatt Melbourne is a luxury hotel with an illustrious history dating back to 1986, when the world-renowned hotel opened its doors in Melbourne.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne opened its doors 30 years ago as a stunning golden curtain walled building in an L-shaped curve with vertical bays of glass infused with 12kg of 24-carat gold, offering an awe-inspiring design and service delivered with unapologetic flair. Nature’s glamorous side is revealed throughout the hotel in elements of gold, grecian marble, recycled Australian timber, carved cypress pine and fine art by painters John Firth-Smith, Paul Parton, David Rankin and sculptor Robert Bridgewater, combining to create the brand’s signature distinctively oputlent and richly-infused environments.
Guests are treated to immersive art installations, bold architectural elements, stunning views and extraordinary amenities as they move through our space. Throughout the hotel unique touches of local flair appear in art and architecture with striking designs, rich, vibrant patterns and finishes.
The project began in 1981 with the first designs drawn up in the Sydney offices of Peddle, Thorp and Learmonth. As these were seen to be too modernistic, the Melbourne branch was instructed to take over. Client Max Moar of Lustig and Moar wanted to create "the best hotel in the world" with a food court to rival those of the Ritz in London and the Plaza in New York. Following many changes in design and details, work finally began on the site in May 1983 and three years later this impressive building was completed. Grocon was the project builder and manager of this $240 million project. Grand Hyatt Melbourne included a 34 level hotel, convention centre, international food court and luxury penthouse apartments located on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets, in the heart of Melbourne's central business, shopping, theatre and restaurant district.
In mid-August 2007, Grand Hyatt Melbourne completed a $45 million redevelopment, including spectacular upper and lower lobbies accessible via Russell Street and Collins Street entrances, a new restaurant, Collins Kitchen and new bar, Ru-Co Bar, as well a luxury retail precinct and exclusive events venue, the residence, which set a new benchmark for function spaces in Australia.
The renovation’s design was completed by a team of leading Australian architects and interior designers including Bar Studio, Billard Leece and Graphos architects. A custom-made glass bead light curtain created by leading lighting designer, David Singer, welcomes guests on arrival. Australian timbers, custom designed carpet and furniture, marble, art deco references and a stunning mirrored ceiling feature prominently in the hotel’s new lobby, with a backdrop of natural light. This truly grand lobby features a staircase made from stone and a larger, more spacious lounge area with increased seating and capacity for guests.
Now 30 years later the spirit of the hotel still shines bright; a spirit that embodies sophistication, style and above all, authentic hospitality. The hotel remains fiercely true to the brand’s original vision to exemplify the pursuit of life lived grandly, unlocking the extraordinary in every moment, big or small.
Explore Grand Hyatt Melbourne's 30th anniversary celebrations in our #LivingGrand blog here.