THE ROYCE HOTEL
The Royce Hotel building was originally designed in the 1920s by Harry Norris as Melbourne's first prestige car showroom. When the private owners, the Bursztyn family, redeveloped the building as a boutique hotel in 2000, they had to get heritage approval for the design. LYTTON DC worked on the restoration of the building defects. The Royce is set for further development after being purchased for development and enhancement.
The hotel will expand with the next door building also being purchased. The expansion will add 80 rooms to the Royce's current stable of 100 rooms, and will incorporate a spa centre that will include a 25-metre swimming pool, gymnasium and massage rooms.
The current ballroom will be extended to create a full-domed ceiling with views across St Kilda Road through lead light windows. After the renovation, the room will seat 250 people.
Work on the new building is expected to get under way next year and be completed within 12 to 18 months. The architect in charge of the project will be announced soon.