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Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne

Melbourne's Grand Hyatt is distinctive in form, colour and reputation. Often voted Australia's best hotel, the Grand Hyatt is a stunning golden curtain walled building in an L-shaped curve. Vertical bays of glass create a sheath of gold amongst the concrete mass.

The Hyatt 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.

The Grand Hyatt complex 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.

Grollo Property

  • 34 level hotel with 547 rooms, two ballrooms

  • convention, exhibition and business facilities

  • luxury penthouse apartments

  • street level retail mall and international food court

  • nightclub and restaurants

  • health and fitness centre with indoor/outdoor pool

  • Total floor space of 85,000m2

  • Five level underground car park with 570 spaces

  • Project value: $240 million