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AUS­TRALIA’S first Hy­att Place ho­tel opened with fan­fare last Thu night, in an all-star event which fea­tured Vic­to­rian Pre­mier Daniel An­drews and Aussie pop celebrity Guy Se­bas­tian.

Af­ter wel­come drinks in the ho­tel foyer the Mel­bourne glit­terati guests pro­ceeded to the ad­ja­cent Aus­tralian Events Cen­tre, which joins the ho­tel as part of the Essendon Fields devel­op­ment backed by ty­coons Lind­say Fox and Max Beck.

The $60 mil­lion, 166room Hy­att Place is lo­cated just 6.5km from Mel­bourne air­port and 10km from the CBD, mean­ing it is ideally lo­cated for meet­ings and events avoid­ing the con­ges­tion of the city.

“Not only is it strate­gi­cally lo­cated at the en­trance to Essendon Fields, but will make it pos­si­ble for busi­ness or busy trav­ellers to meet, or­gan­ise con­fer­ences or just stay in Mel­bourne’s north-west - a re­gion that sup­ports more peo­ple than the Gold Coast,” said Essendon Fields chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Cowan.

He said Hy­att had been se­lected to op­er­ate the ho­tel af­ter a global search, and the group’s pro­posal to cre­ate Aus­tralia’s first Hy­att Place branded prop­erty “per­fectly fit­ted our need for a point of dif­fer­ence in the ho­tel and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor”.

Hy­att area vice pres­i­dent, Pa­cific, Robert Daw­son said the Hy­att Place brand has been de­signed for the mul­ti­task­ing, 24/7 life­style of mod­ern trav­ellers.

The “select ser­vice” of­fer­ing in­cludes high-speed wi-fi, a free hot break­fast, a gym and 24/7 “gallery menu and market”.

Owner Max Beck is pic­tured with his team and dig­ni­taries as they cut the of­fi­cial cake.

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