The 419-room landmark hotel’s ground floor interior spaces – reception, arrival area, bar and restaurant – will be completely transformed, whilst respecting the hotel’s rich heritage, under the direction of national design practice ROTHELOWMAN, who have been appointed to manage the project.
The redevelopment will provide this iconic Melbourne hotel with a new ground floor identity, by connecting the external streetscape with the internal lobby, restaurant and bar with a radically redesigned series of interconnected spaces, positioning the hotel design in line with the Pullman Hotels & Resorts global cosmopolitan brand.
Set to undergo the greatest transformation is the restaurant and bar – soon to become a playground of culinary delight. The Cliveden Bar & Dining will offer an all-day evolving contemporary dining experience, that transitions as the day passes. On arrival, guests will be greeted with an oversized bar and double sided fireplace with animated mixologists shaking cocktails. The new space will offer a relaxed yet welcoming atmosphere for hotel guests and Melbournians alike.
At the helm of The Cliveden Dining is Executive Chef John Ross, who will serve up a modern buffet interpretation influenced by local artisan creators and the city’s rich and diverse European heritage. Plentiful and ever-changing, the offering will include fresh seafood, carvery, a charcuterie and antipasto selection, as well as a fresh pasta station. With European and Mediterranean influences, the menu will showcase the freshest regionally grown produce as well as small plates designed to share. Themed menus celebrating seasonal ingredients and international flavours will also feature throughout the year to add a touch of variety.
To complement the hotel’s food philosophy, The Cliveden Bar will showcase some of the region’s greatest wines, from the lesser known to the rising heroes, curated to highlight the diversity and complexity of Australian wines. Aperitif cocktails, ciders, local craft beers and a variety of European beer, bottled and on tap will feature amongst signature spirits and cocktails. The bar will serve up fresh oysters, artisan charcuterie, shared plates, pastries and our very own high tea with a twist.
Large open plan spaces and semi-private dining room areas will be incorporated into the new restaurant concept, all designed around creating an interactive and social environment.
The name ‘Cliveden’ holds a deep connection with this landmark location, adjacent to the MCG in East Melbourne, which has long embraced its strong local history. The Cliveden Mansion was built in 1887 - the centre of Melbourne’s elite social scene, which was converted to luxury apartments and later a hotel, remaining as such for 42 years, holding special sentiment with the local community.
Erkin Aytekin, General Manager at Pullman Melbourne On The Park said, “With the site’s long history as a hub of social entertainment in Melbourne, we aim to bring back that same spirit to The Cliveden Bar & Dining. We have also maintained some features from the original mansion such as stained glass panelling and wood work that has been carefully restored in the new space.”
Inspired by the hotel’s leafy outlook over Fitzroy Gardens, the colours and textures will be reflected in treatments throughout the new ground floor design, with lush patterns set against a backdrop of chevron timber wall panelling, retaining the formality of an upscale executive hotel with a relaxed sophisticated ambience.
In Erkin Aytekin’s words, “This iconic hotel has long held a special place in the hearts of Melbournians, and our new welcoming sophisticated ground floor spaces are set to impress our loyal returning guests and attract even greater volumes of global nomads, captivated by Pullman hotels.”
The project is scheduled for completion in August 2017.
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