Dorsett opens its first Melbourne hotel

Jack Hayes

Renowned international hotel brand, Dorsett Hotels, has marked another step into the Australian market with the opening of Dorsett Melbourne.

Located at 615 Little Lonsdale St at the western end of the CBD, Dorsett Melbourne is a key component of West Side Place, a $2.4b development by Far East Consortium.

With a combination of residential apartments, accommodation and retail space, West Side Place precinct has added a vibrance to the heart of the CBD by attracting both local Melbournians and travellers alike.

According to Dorsett Hospitality International, Australian CEO Andrew Jessop, “Dorsett Hospitality International is proud to be opening a new hotel in Australia’s cultural capital”. “Off the back of the success of our first Australian opening on the Gold Coast, it was a natural next step to look towards Melbourne which has seen an incredible bounce back in tourism since COVID-19,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our global footprint and to add to the Melbourne community.”

Dorsett Melbourne comprises 316 guest rooms over eight levels, designed by award-winning architect Cottee Parker.

Rooms and suites include pet-friendly rooms for that “perfect” getaway and family rooms where the littlest guests can have their own memorable moment in a themed room.

Dorsett Melbourne’s general manager Natalie Bussenschutt said, “we are delighted to welcome Dorsett Melbourne, the second Dorsett hotel into Australia, expanding the brand’s global footprint.”

“At Dorsett Melbourne, our guests will enjoy our intuitively designed social spaces, the Club Lounge, and beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, including pet-friendly and family rooms,” Ms Bussenschutt said.


Our caring and vibrant team look forward to welcoming you and sharing our local knowledge for an authentic Melbourne experience complimented by a memorable hotel stay.


The Dorsett Melbourne Club Lounge is an exclusive area where guests can work, dine, or relax with signature amenities included, such as private check-in/out, two hours of complimentary meeting space, and a pressing service, along with food and beverage service throughout the day and evening.

Modern conference rooms are suitably matched for small- to medium-sized events; each featuring natural light with the latest in technology to meet the changing needs of meetings including hybrid connections.

Executive chef Julio Martinez of Dining Concepts has designed an array of delectable menus across Dorsett Melbourne’s food and beverage facilities. Mr Martinez has designed all menus with sustainability front of mind, specialising in local ingredients from Victoria.

Port Bistro offers breakfast daily, with a sumptuous seafood menu available for dinner on select evenings from May.

Port Bistro also offers a private dining space for special occasions in addition to outdoor dining.

Jin Bar offers a relaxed ambience to enjoy a signature cocktail with a tailored menu that celebrates the historical gold rush of Victoria with Jin translating to “gold” in Mandarin.

The Lobby Lounge is perfect for a cheeky pre-dinner drink before heading out to explore Melbourne, or for a nightcap before sliding into Dorsett Melbourne’s comfortable Sealy beds for a blissful night’s sleep.

All Dorsett Hotels are proud to incorporate five key attributes that are adapted to each new hotel site. They include city convenience, social connectivity, priceless guest delights, active wellness, and creating a positive impact on the local community.

Hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool, complete with a day-bed area, spa, sauna, steam room, wellness room, and a gymnasium with the latest in Techno-Gym equipment. •

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