Author: Docklands' New Marriott Hotel

A brand new Marriott Hotel and apartment development will be hitting our waterfront precinct in 2020, boasting a public-access rooftop pool, its own bar and restaurant, and the kind of five-star luxury that you would expect from the high-end hotel chain.

The hotel will be topped by an infinity-edge pool and bar that will be open to the public in the style of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, the five-star hotel will be the first built by Mariott in Australia in 20 years. The 28-metre long infinity edge swimming pool will be located 15 floors up and boast 200-degree views over the city and Port Phillip Bay, and be open to hotel guests, residents and us regular folk who are seeking a sky high, leisurely CBD swim.

Australian developer Capital Alliance will spearhead the $250 million, 17-storey development and hotel which will to be titled 'The Docklands Residences', with 106 apartments also set to enjoy the hotels luxury features. Capital Alliance founder and chief executive Mohan Du said the development would help make the precinct at the southern end of Melbourne’s CBD a destination for travellers and apartment buyers.

“It will draw tourists both internationally and locally, offering a Marina Bay Sands style experience atop our city,” Mr Du said. “The Docklands offers a truly unique opportunity to live a lifestyle deserving of Melbourne’s Most Liveable City in the World title.”

The dual petal-shaped towers, designed by Melbourne firm DKO Architecture will be centrally located, above The District Docklands (formally Harbour Town if you missed the memo last year) on the corner of Docklands Drive and Waterfront Way, which is home to a brand new H&M store and soon to be joined by Woolworths and a Hoyts cinema. The development location is also only a few hundred metres from the site chosen for Docklands' first primary school.

The project marks another change for Docklands, which has over the past four years become a major focal point for businesses as well as interstate and international tourists. Work will start midway through this year and is expected to be completed by 2020.