One of Australia's largest developers, Meriton, has revealed plans for a five-star, 16-level hotel in Canberra.
The developer has outlined their proposal as part of a pre-development application community consultation process.
The hotel, located in the city at 40 Allara Street, will be part of the Meriton Suites arm which offers apartment-sized rooms.
Context plans for the site said the development will "improve the architectural design in this area of the city which includes a number of ageing office developments".
There will be about 250 rooms in the hotel, with the community consultation proposal outlining the suites will span from level one to 14.
Suite sizes range from studio apartments to three bedrooms with one-bedrooms set to make up about 70 per cent of the rooms. One and two-bedroom suites will span the first 11 levels with larger rooms on the upper levels.
The ground level will feature commercial and retail space with the proposal stating there are opportunities to activate the three street frontages on the site.
Guest amenities including a pool, gym and juice bar will be on the top level.
According to the plans, overshadowing on public areas will be "minimal" at 9am, 12pm and 3pm.
Fender Katsalidis, the architects behind Molonglo Group's NewActon and Geocon's Republic, have been commissioned to design the project.
The hotel is another in a line of new developments on Allara Street. It is next to Morris Property Group's 18-storey Park Avenue which is under construction.
The interface with the Morris Property Group development has been recognised as a constraint, as has the limited vehicle access points into the site.
Currently, the block at 40 Allara Street houses a six-storey office building which includes the Australian Government among its tenants.
Meriton, led by Harry Triguboff, purchased the 1734-square-metre block in an off-market deal for $23 million earlier this year. The block was purchased off the Australian Unity Property Income Fund.
This is first foray into the Canberra market for the mega developer.
Mr Triguboff said at the time a move to Canberra was a "logical progression" for the company.
"Canberra long has been on our radar because it's drawing nearly three million visitors a year," he said.
"Many people are going there on business, often politics related, and visit for multiple nights. They like the home comforts of having things like a lounge, kitchen and laundry."
Meriton is not the first big-name hotel chain to hit Canberra this year. In August, global franchise Marriott partnered up with Geocon in their Braddon Midnight development.
Hilton also attempted to enter into the Canberra market, with a pitch for a $200 million hotel on City Hill, however the ACT government rejected the proposal.
- The pre-development application consultation period closes on December 4.