A multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne will be revealed in October, with the property on the corner of Spencer and Little Collins Street set to be transformed into The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne.
Positioned under the TFE Hotels Collection brand – a portfolio of beautiful discovery hotels with a sense of story, place and purpose – the stunning design by Woods Bagot will rejuvenate the dwelling into a sophisticated address in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne, with the city’s best boutiques, cool laneways and bars on its doorstep. The design has a modern and inviting appeal that pays tribute to the Art Deco era of the original Hotel Alexander built on the site in 1928.
The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins has 163 guest rooms with plush furnishings in a classic palette of dove grey, blue, white and charcoal, with full-length mirrors and custom carpet featuring period motifs. Each bathroom has white subway tiles and chequerboard black-and-white tiled floors, contrasting with chrome tapware that reflect the heritage elements of the building.
The level-two restaurant will have new-look interiors, featuring a spectacular 10-storey atrium which fills the space with natural light and is complemented by magnificent chandeliers. The original ballroom is ideal for sophisticated weddings.
TFE Hotels Chairman Allan Vidor said the refurbishment, combined with the hotel’s prime location, would position it as the most desirable stay in the heart of Melbourne.
“This hotel has such a wonderful story, in its history, and in its place in the Melbourne psyche – which makes it a perfect fit for the TFE Hotels Collection brand,” he said. “This is the most exciting unveil of the year. The magnificent hotel will reclaim its position as a grand hotel of Melbourne, as it was when it opened in 1928.”
Woods Bagot senior associate Sarah Alessi said, “The contemporary aesthetic of this design enhances the heritage of the building, while retaining a truth and authenticity relevant to its history. Drawing on elements of the Art Deco period, the space is bold and confident and the design detailing references that of the era.”
The site first operated as a hotel in 1866, a three-storey brick structure known as Alexander’s Family Hotel. In 1926, new owner James Richardson started construction of the first 20th-century American-style hotel in Victoria, advertising it as the first in Australia to have ensuite bathrooms and a controlled-temperature interior environment. On 31 January 1928, Premier Hogan officially opened the 200-room Hotel Alexander.
After Richardson’s death in 1951, the Federal Hotel group bought the hotel for £450,000 and renamed it the Savoy-Plaza. The Victorian Government bought the hotel in 1974 and turned it into the Police Cadet Training Academy. In 1987 the Nauruan-owned company Spencer Investments bought it and spent $46 million restoring the Savoy Park Plaza Hotel to its former glory, reopening it in May 1991. In 2004, TOGA Hospitality opened it as Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne. It continues to be operated by TFE Hotels.