Best new business hotels in Australia

From brand debuts to refurbished favourites, we round up some of the latest hotel openings Down Under.

Event planners will soon be met with an array of new hotels, including W Melbourne (pictured).
Event planners will soon be met with an array of new hotels, including W Melbourne (pictured).

When international borders reopen, event planners will be spoilt for choice with new brand debuts and a collection of unique event spaces opening up across the country.

Flynn opens in Cairns
Flynn, the latest in Crystalbrook Collection’s portfolio of hotels, welcomed its first guests on 10 November 2020. The Cairns property will tempt groups with views of the Coral Sea and glass-bottom hotel pools. Flynn boasts 311 rooms and suites, and meeting spaces for up to 120 people seated.

New hotel at Adelaide Oval
The new Oval property, integrated with the Adelaide Oval, has opened its doors. The hotel features 138 guest rooms, reception lounge and two new restaurants showcasing local South Australian produce. Adelaide Oval offers 23 unique spaces, catering from three to 3,000 guests. Groups of 10 to 14 can also partake in a two hour climb to Adelaide Oval’s unique roofline for views of Adelaide Hills and the coast with RoofClimb.

Fairmont Port Douglas will feature multiple restaurants, bars and an events facility.
Fairmont Port Douglas will feature multiple restaurants, bars and an events facility.

Fairmont debuts in Port Douglas
Accor’s luxury Fairmont brand will debut in Tropical North Queensland in 2023 with the opening of a 253 room hotel. The new build will feature multiple restaurants, bars and an events facility. There will be a treetop walk around the resort-style pools and guests will enjoy the location’s access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

The property has become the first hotel in the region to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Eco Destination Certificate for the design’s environmental credentials and plans to work alongside the local Kaku Yalanji community to provide Indigenous welcome and smoking ceremonies for special events.

Rydges Canberra reveals new look
Formerly Rydges Capital Hill, the hotel has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation including refreshed guest rooms, event spaces, lobby, reception, bar and restaurant. The design draws on 1950s architecture and decor. The hotel’s event spaces have capacity for up to 200 guests seated.

W Melbourne whets the appetite
The 294-room luxury hotel is set to open in February 2021. It's 110-seat signature signature, Lollo, will celebrate Melbourne’s multiculturalism while amplifying local ingredients. The restaurant will be one of five dining and bar offerings at the hotel, in addition to eight event spaces including a 426sqm event space called the Great Room.

Vibe Hotel opens in Hobart
Situated in the heart of historical Hobart, this brand-new 142-room hotel features an architecturally-designed facade with trademark coloured feature fins. Inspiration for the contemporary-style hotel rooms was taken from the sea and sandstone cliffs on nearby Bruny Island. All bedroom furniture has been sourced from local Tasmanian oak and lovingly made by local craftsmen. There are three meeting rooms that together can accommodate 200 guests seated.

Upcoming: Ovolo South Yarra in Melbourne
Inspired by 1970s disco and glamour, Ovolo South Yarra will open in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb next year. The 123-room and suite property will feature retro-plush finishes, accents of chrome and colour. Each room will be named after the era’s most famous music icons. The Ovolo kitchen and bar will feature fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce and feature two multipurpose spaces that are available for exclusive group hire.