The title for the world's tallest hotel could soon shift to Australia, with the announcement that the go-ahead has been given for the development of the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
Australia 108 in Melbourne is set to house a 288-bedroom hotel on levels 83 to 101 of the skyscraper. At 388m, the building will eclipse the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, which at a height of 355m is currently the world's tallest hotel.
The as-yet-to-be-named hotel will have a separate entrance, with lifts that will whisk guests up to a "hovering" double-height Sky Lobby on level 83, with a glass floor. The hotel will have two restaurants and two bars, with a swimming pool and spa on level 84.
Architect Nonda Katsalidis said the building, which will include 646 apartments and offices, would "define the city".
It appears that the race for the title of world's tallest hotel is now on, as development of a 1,000m tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is currently under way and is set to become the world's tallest building. The Kingdom Tower, designed by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture, will accommodate a Four Seasons hotel, alongside apartments, offices and the world's highest observatory.