Sydney and Melbourne luxury hotel openings pushed back

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour set for September opening.

Luxury hotels in Sydney and Melbourne are delaying their openings in an effort to bypass the Covid-19 restrictions that have seen occupancy levels decimated nationwide.

Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group and Hilton have all delayed the opening of new hotels by up to six months.

IHG’s 152-room Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour has pushed back its opening from May to September while it undergoes an upgrade to cater for Covid-19 social distancing, including new floor plan layouts for its food and beverage venues.

W Melbourne announced it will open in December five months later than anticipated, while the 244-room Hilton Melbourne will open at the end of the year at the earliest, with bookings currently available from February 1, 2021.