DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne on Flinders Street has won the 2015 World Interior News Awards (Hotels Category) at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Sky Garden, London.

The recently refurbished M&L Hospitality-owned hotel features a uniquely Melbourne aesthetic and design elements inspired by the iconic neo-classical Flinders Street railway station. The hotel’s redevelopment project completed in December 2014, involved a complete refit of the external facade, lobby, restaurant, 180 guestrooms and bathrooms, and the public areas of all 12 levels.

For its efforts, the Melbourne hotel beat 47 nominees and captured the imagination of the highly-experienced panel of international design industry professionals.

Driven by M&L Hospitality, the refurbishment was led by Michael McCann of interior design firm Dreamtime Australia Design and Melbourne-based Melissa Chen of interior design firm Mill Interiors.

Formerly the Citigate Melbourne, the hotel was purchased by M&L Hospitality in 2011 and refurbished to reflect the company’s asset enhancement strategy, which is undertaken across its portfolio to achieve long-term sustainability and growth for the business, as well as improve customer experience.

Stepping away from a conventional hotel entrance, the external facade of DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne echoes an industrial street vibe, featuring steel panels with differing profiles. The hotel guestrooms are a modern interpretation of the grand train travel of the past referencing Victorian details of the Flinders Street Station such as the subway tiles, simple typography, the conversion of train lines leading into a central location and bluestone laneways; traditional elements of travel reminiscent of train carriages such as vintage leather luggage in the drawer pulls and simple open wardrobes; and decorative detail of drapery within train carriages translated into the 3D painted timber headboard.

Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality said the company was very honoured to receive the award, especially given the high calibre of hotels that participated in this category. He also appreciated the work of the designers who not only brought the historic Flinders Station to life but also gave the hotel an urban edginess in keeping with the area’s iconic laneways.