*Acquisition strengthens hospitality offering for passengers travelling on the airline’s daily flights to Melbourne
Qatar Airways has acquired the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, further expanding the growing portfolio of its hospitality division, Dhiafatina Hotels.
The Sheraton Melbourne joins a growing list of distinguished establishments acquired and managed by Dhiafatina Hotels, including the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport; The Novotel Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh Scotland; the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, and The Airport Hotel located at the Hamad International Airport (HIA).
“The acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel complements Qatar Airways’ global strategy for growth, and further strengthens our offering for passengers travelling on board our daily flights to Melbourne,” Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said.
He noted that Melbourne is an important destination on the Qatar Airways network, with the airline flying its state-of-the-art Airbus A380 aircraft to Victoria’s capital.
“Qatar Airways is committed to going places together with our passengers and I am delighted to announce the acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel as part of the Dhiafatina portfolio, hand-picked to extend the excellent service our passengers receive, both in the air and once they arrive at their destination,” al-Baker added.
The five-star Sheraton Melbourne is located in the Paris end of the city's Little Collins Street, minutes away from many well-known restaurants, theatres, and designer boutiques, as well as Melbourne’s Central Business District.
The hotel is also within walking distance of the iconic Parliament House and the Melbourne Museum. With its 174 luxurious rooms and suites, it is ideally situated for guests choosing a city break as well as business travellers, who are attending one of Melbourne’s many events and exhibitions.
The hotel features the Little Collins Street Restaurant with its Signature Seafood Buffet and High Tea, as well as its magnificent views of Melbourne. It also features the distinguished East Restaurant on the ground floor, as well as the many scrumptious delights of Crux & Co Patisserie.
The Spa at Sheraton Melbourne features five treatment rooms, an indoor heated lap pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Qatar Airways introduced its flagship A380 on the Melbourne route in June 2017, increasing the airline’s daily capacity on the Doha-Melbourne route by 44%.
The A380 features a luxurious first class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, as well as designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities.
Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning business class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including onboard Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected to while up in the air.