For most of us, it’s probably been a little while since we spent a night in a hotel. Fortunately, as the world slowly returns to a semblance of normality, the simple pleasures of crisply folded hotel sheets, midnight room service and an elegantly prepared breakfast are within reach once again. Neatly aligning with this gradual return to a more recognisable way of life, is the news that for the first time a Hyatt Centric is opening doors in Australia, right in the heart of Melbourne.
The opening of this hotel marks the third establishment under the Hyatt name, with the well-loved Grand and Park Hyatt locations already firmly woven into the tapestry of Melbourne’s hospitality scene. What makes the Hyatt Centric a different proposition in Melbourne? First and foremost, the Centric member of the Hyatt family wasn’t born to compete with its siblings, instead to offer a bespoke experience that more accurately reflects the city in which it lives.
Less concerned with the more traditional formality of its relatives, the Hyatt Centric was created to mirror the vibrance and energy of Melbourne, catering to those seeking a more tailored, less cookie-cutter, approach to modern hospitality. In essence, a hotel that presents you with an experience you won’t be able to find in any other city in the world.
As a result, the team at Hyatt Centric have been working hard for nearly half a decade to offer something that even a born-and-bred Melburnian would struggle to find cynicism in. From the coffee in the rooms to the art on the walls, everything has been linked to Melbourne and its history.
The building itself was originally the site of an 1840s blacksmith, which was discovered along with a number of other historical artefacts during the excavation process of the construction. Inside, nods to the past and present of Melbourne are everywhere. The custom rugs hanging from the ceilings in the lobby and restaurant are inspired by the important wool industry of Melbourne, while the tiling found throughout the interior are a reference to Victorian era-inspired brickwork.
The Hyatt Centric contains 277 suites across 25 levels, crowned by the TOMA Restaurant & Bar on the very top floor, with panoramic views of Port Philip Bay and its surrounding suburbs. As you might expect from a hotel so focused on Melbourne, the restaurant is almost entirely stocked with quality Victorian produce, presenting a contemporary Mediterranean-inspired menu. As you would also expect, the cellar is well stocked with a range of Victorian wine, featuring drops from the internationally-renown Mornington Peninsula.
To work off your dinner from the night before, the Hyatt Centric also boasts a 24-hour fitness studio and one of the nicest indoor 25m pools you’re ever likely to see. Complete with rusticly styled daybeds along its length, the pool offers the perfect place to relax, even if cutting laps isn’t your thing.
“Hyatt Centric Melbourne is set to inspire the curious-minded and the young-at-heart who want to be in the heart of the action,” said Hyatt Centric Melbourne General Manager, Ilan Weill about the launch.
“Our team, engaged and passionate Melburnians, are keen to share their local knowledge, helping our guests to discover authentic experiences, blending the city’s vibrant coffee culture and creative laneway scenes.”
The Hyatt Centric has opened its doors for the first time this week, located conveniently near Southern Cross Station and Crown Casino. You’ll find its cozy entrance at 25 Downie St, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in true Melbourne style.