Melbourne to welcome Holiday Inn near MCG

Richmond is set to welcome a stylish 160-room hotel within walking distance of Melbourne’s prime sporting arenas.

A new-build Holiday Inn will open in the trendy inner-Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 2023.

Boasting prime event location, the Holiday Inn Melbourne Richmond will be within walking distance of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Rod Laver Arena.

Additionally, the 160-room hotel will also be close to Botannica Corporate Park, Richmond health zone, the East Melbourne and Fitrzroy health and education precinct, and the bustling Melbourne CBD.

As a a mixed-use development, the property will feature IHG’s signature ‘Open Lobby’, combining the front desk, lobby, all-day dining and bar, lounge area and business centre in an open space with fresh, modern design.

Speaking to the announcement, IHG’s vice president of development, Abhijay Sandilya, said the company is “exceptionally excited” to bring the property to market.

“Not only is Richmond a great destination for sports fans, it boasts a number of demand drivers in the technology, health and education space, and we are confident this hotel will be a favourite with corporate, event and VFR travellers,” he said.

The announcement comes after the signing of a long-term management agreement between IHG and a joint venture between Pelligra Group, PrimeLand Group and Diamond Hospitality Singapore.

IHG currently has 51 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Holiday Inn Express, with another 35 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo.

Furthermore, IHG has put a focus on regional growth in Australasia, with several recent Holiday Inn signings, including in Queenstown’s Remarkables Park, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne Dandenong, Geelong, Melbourne Ringwood, Melbourne Coburg and Melbourne Werribee.