Australasia’s hottest new hotel openings

  • December 24, 2019

As a new year beckons and we prepare to celebrate a brand new decade, TFE Hotels has rounded up Australia and New Zealand’s hottest hotel openings for 2020.
The newly opened Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour, complete with New York-style interior design across its 145 guest rooms and suites, is making a splash on the upper end of Sydney’s Chinatown and in Darling Quarter, due in part to it’s rooftop sunset pool and to the Manhattan-inspired design.
The rooms feature an array of lifestyle features including curved rainfall showers, embedded window day lounges and retro bathroom fixtures. The hotel is already adding to the growing vibe of the area, with an all-day dining restaurant, fully equipped gym, meeting rooms, rooftop pool, restaurant and bar, and an urban-styled grand facade entry.
The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane has taken its rightful place amongst Brisbane’s best and brightest. In a sea of new hotels in the river city, this stunning flagship property offers a real point of difference in Brisbane with its heritage features, and contemporary and comfortable apartments, many with full views of the Brisbane River.
Nestled in the Heritage-listed former Queensland Government Savings Bank building, The Adina Brisbane has 220 rooms and suites and includes an extra five levels designed to complement the historic building with expansive views and balconies.
There are very few heritage interiors like the ground floor of the Adina Brisbane that can boast such a high level of original fabric and careful restoration. The building was the first high rise government office building in the city; one of the first steel framed buildings in Brisbane and was one of the tallest buildings in the city when first constructed.
Located on the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets, the Adina Brisbane is within easy walking distance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Southbank and the Queen Street Mall; is well positioned for easy access to the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf redevelopment; and is ideally located for both business and leisure stays.
VIBE HOTEL MELBOURNE, Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD
Caydon Property Group’s new Vibe Melbourne Hotel blends metal accents and raw materials to create a dramatic but inviting feel on entry and the hotel’s architectural eras blend seamlessly, allowing an immediate connection between past and the future.
The stunning new 24-storey glass fronted hotel and accommodation tower boasts 206 hotel rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, ground floor lobby and restaurant, plus 200 square metres of conference facilities.
The original building was built in 1873 in the Renaissance Revival style and was called the Cobden Building, serving as offices for the maritime trade. In 1955 clothing manufacturer and retailer Fletcher Jones bought the building and it became an iconic fixture for Melbourne shoppers.


The striking Bates Smart design of the Adina Apartment Hotel Southbank Melbourne – with its ground-breaking construction technology and sleek curved glass curtain facade – boasts the world’s tallest mass timber vertical extension.
The hotel’s vast curved balcony will provide views from a spectacular pool area and gym area towards the Melbourne CBD. In true Adina style, spacious, contemporary apartments will provide an ample living space that’s ideal for travellers who enjoy city living and memorable dining, arts and sporting experiences. On opening, the Adina Southbank Melbourne will be one of Australia’s tallest timber buildings.
THE HOTEL BRITOMART AUCKLAND, Corner of Gore Street and Galway, Auckland
New Zealand is about to open its first 5 Green Star Design hotel – the aptly named Hotel Britomart Auckland Warm, tactile and thoughtfully crafted, The Hotel Britomart is at the heart of Auckland’s most vibrant downtown waterfront neighbourhood, a nine-block precinct bustling with energy and contrasts. An unforgettable structure designed inside and out by Cheshire Architects, The Hotel Britomart offers guests a full immersion in the best of Auckland from the moment they check in: all of it is just a few easy steps from the front door.


ABOVE AND BEYOND: Sydney will have a new drawcard attraction when a stunning new JPW Architect-designed apartment-style hotel opens in 2020. With interiors by the Carr Design Group, The Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney will take in the lights of the city from a restaurant and bar on Level 22 while a sky lobby and reception will be on Level 21, alongside a gym and pool area.
Located at 280 George St, next to Australia Square, the hotel will boast 194 keys, comprising eight two-bedroom apartments, 104 one-bedroom and 82 studio apartments and easy access to Sydney’s laneway communities.


ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL CANBERRA, Constitution Place and London Circuit, Canberra
When it comes to contemporary design, the Adina Apartment Hotel Canberra leads the pack with 132 apartments forming part of an exciting $300 million development by Capital Property Group.
Two purpose-built buildings will set a new standard for the Capital in environmental design, combining offices, cafes, restaurants and retail outlets at the corner of Constitution Place and London Circuit. Typical of Adina Hotels, the new hotel will combine spacious apartment living with 24-hour reception, room service, service provided by knowledgeable concierges and a well-equipped gym.
Trenerry Property is creating a new concept in luxury urban hotels with a $350 million development that is set to become the new “hub and heart” of Melbourne’s redeveloping West End, with five buildings among sculpted parklands.
The 92-apartment Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne West End will occupy seven levels in one of the buildings with an exquisite design that incorporates elements of the rainforest and the moon, plus neon stylings of a futuristic Tron setting. The wellness centre will have space for a massage studio, yoga pod, spa, beauty parlour and treatment pods for wellness innovations, while an outdoor spa has resort style seating among the nature and meditation garden. Guests and residents will be able to design their own lifestyle, combining shopping with visits to West End’s day spa, 50-seat cinema or its nine bars and restaurants – all without leaving the precinct.


VIBE HOTEL HOBART, Argyle Street, Hobart
A new hotel is set to open its doors in the centre of Tasmania’s capital, as part of a mixed-use development by Raadas Property and designed by Hobart firm Xsquared Architects. The Vibe Hotel Hobart will be located on prime position on Argyle Street, which leads down to Hobart’s historic waterfront and Salamanca Place, and is close to the city’s retail and business centre.
The new development will incorporate retail and hospitality space on the ground floor and will have four floors dedicated to commercial offices and ten floors comprising 142 hotel rooms and suites, with a pool, gym, restaurant and bar and conferencing space.
Auckland’s fast-developing Wynyard Quarter is home to one of New Zealand’s largest urban regeneration projects, with the striking Travelodge Hotel Wynyard Quarter Auckland part of a modern development of six new buildings by energy, transport and infrastructure investor Infratil.
The six-story, L-shaped hotel will offer travellers 154 rooms at this state-of-the-art property, bringing guests closer to the must-do-, must-see and must-eat places of central Auckland. On-site facilities include a café/restaurant, allowing guests to enjoy a meal only steps away from their room. Those wanting to venture out to explore New Zealand’s largest city will have a variety of choices – the elegant North Wharf drinking and dining precinct is only a stone’s throw away.
The hotel’s interior will feature a range of textures and colours, with a stylish mosaic in the reception and a carefully curated mixture of grey glass, brass and drift feather drapery throughout the hotel to add a modern edge. This overall experience will be housed in the contemporary architecture of the hotel, bringing a fresh new property to the Auckland hospitality scene.

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