MELBOURNE: Local developer and hotel owner Capital Alliance, in partnership with Australia’s International Hotel Group, TFE Hotels, has announced a first-of-its-kind mixed-use development in Melbourne Docklands, featuring two world class local hotel brands.

Capital Alliance’s two-tower project was designed locally by SJB and will serve as a place maker for Melbourne. The $340M project will feature the largest rooftop infinity pool in Australia and the first purpose-built Collection by TFE Hotels and A by Adina properties in Melbourne.

A 1000-pax capacity event conference centre, located on a sky bridge that connects the two accommodation towers, rounds out the offering. With spectacular 360-degree views of the city, the centre will add another dimension to Melbourne’s high-end conferencing options.

SJB Founding Director, Michael Bialek, said Capital Alliance’s latest Docklands project, which is set to open in 2026, would become an architectural landmark on the Melbourne skyline.

“Our design inspiration was drawn from natural elements such as sculpted landscape forms and the proximity to the Yarra River,” he said.  “We have also blurred the division between inside and outside to maximise daylight and those all-important city skyline and uninterrupted water views.”

A fact not lost on TFE Hotels, who has built a reputation for delivering one-of-a-kind hotels that draw inspiration from local culture and surrounds. The 200-key, yet-to-be-named Collection hotel will join the ranks of other purpose-built Collection by TFE Hotels properties – including The Calile in Brisbane, Auckland’s The Hotel Britomart and the new Surry Hills collection property currently under development in Sydney – in delivering personalised service and bespoke hospitality experiences.

Complementing this offering,  the 105-key premium A by Adina hotel – the first of the brand to launch in Victoria following the opening of flagship hotels in Sydney and Canberra in 2021 – will deliver a perfectly suited balance between a hotel and a private city apartment.

This project is the fourth mixed-use hotel development for Capital Alliance who have invested close to a decade in Docklands and the surrounding precinct, with multiple other developments completed.

Capital Alliance CEO, Mohan Du, said that after eight years of developing in the Docklands, he was on to his last parcel site in the Docklands precinct.

“As the saying goes, you save the best for last and these one-of-a-kind hotels will be uniquely different to other accommodation offerings in Melbourne,” he said. “I know when we welcome guests and the public in 2026, we’ll be able to proudly showcase the legacy we’ve left behind with tremendous pride.”

Mohan said Capital Alliance was doubling down their exposure to hotels because he believed there will be continued demand for purpose-built hotel offerings.

“Our partnership with TFE was born and galvanised during the uncertainty of the pandemic. It may sound cliche to say, but there are two things we’re certain of, developing a hotel is incredibly challenging and we have unparalleled confidence in our ability to deliver a world class establishment alongside TFE.”

Guests can expect to see Capital Alliance’s signature statements throughout the building and a level of quality that is stamped across their entire portfolio of properties.

TFE Hotels Group COO, Chris Sedgwick, said Melbourne was one of the world’s great cities and he was excited about its future.

“Each of our one-of-a-kind Collection hotels has a distinct story and, together with A by Adina’s brand premise around hotel living, offer guest experiences that are unique to their neighbourhood.” he said. “It’s therefore incredibly important to TFE and our brands that, when we are looking for opportunities to partner, we seek out legacy makers, who have a passion and a genuine connection to the places they operate in – we believe we’ve found that in Mo and Capital Alliance.”

“We love that Mo had a vision for Melbourne’s burgeoning Docklands area and that he and the Capital Alliance team have spent the last decade investing in and realising that vision,” he said. “And we’re thrilled to partner with them on this next phase of development.”

Chris said when it came to TFE’s hotel development pipeline, the Sydney-based hotel management company was immensely proud to work with partners, like Capital Alliance, in creating showpiece properties where hotel guests were fully immersed in the local neighbourhood.

“For us, that journey starts with today’s announcement, and we are very much looking forward to breaking ground early next year.”

The site is located on 28-38 Pearl River Road, Docklands and will also feature a day spa, retail shopping, and restaurant offerings.

Developer/Owner: Capital Alliance
Operator: TFE Hotels
Architects/Interiors: SJB

Stacey Pinchbeck – Capital Alliance PR Representative
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Jodi Clark – TFE Hotels (Director of Communications)
+61 499 900 658 / [email protected]

High Res renders are available for download here.

The correct brand names for the as-yet-to-be-named hotels are A by Adina and Collection by TFE Hotels. A by Adina cannot be shortened. Collection by TFE Hotels can be shortened to ‘Collection’ after first use. Please use TFE Hotels not TOGA Far East.

Founded in 2012, Capital Alliance is a Melbourne-based property development and investment company with diversified holdings across property, hospitality, and IT. With a specialty in State significant urban renewal mixed-use projects, Capital Alliance have delivered $1.48bn in assets to date and have a future pipeline of a further $1.5bn to be delivered within the next 10 years.

CEO Mohan Du takes property development to a new level through forward thinking design and placemaking whilst being globally inspired and internationally connected.  In the last twelve (12) months, Capital Alliance have delivered and opened Marriott International’s first purpose-built 5-star Marriott hotel in 26 years, together with Australia’s first AC Hotel by Marriott, bringing more culture to the Melbourne landscape –during a global pandemic.

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TFE Hotels (TOGA Far East Hotels) is Australia’s International Hotel Group – headquartered in Sydney and operating in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Singapore… and opening in Switzerland in 2023.  TFE has a portfolio of seven hotel brands – A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Collection by TFE Hotels which includes The Calile Hotel, The Hotel Britomart, Hotel Kurrajong and The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with more in the development pipeline.

Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

While every A by Adina location has been thoughtfully chosen to blend seamlessly within its surroundings, there’s always a contemporary Australian twist at the heart of every stay. Here, architectural finishes meet thoughtfully designed interiors. Team members are known as Curators, treating each guest visit as another opportunity to surprise and delight.

1 March 2019

Exhausted after a business trip that had seen her lap the country in just three short weeks, Stephanie was looking for a great night’s sleep after a busy day of conferencing. What she found instead was an empty ring box hidden in her room with a special code word – she’d just won the grand prize in The Savoy on Little Collins’ and Fairfax & Roberts’ “Princess and the Pear” competition, an exquisite $10,000 pink sapphire and diamond encrusted  ring.

“I was tired after a big few weeks at work and a long day, and something caught my eye on the bed as I entered my room,” she said. “I instantly remembered the competition and raced downstairs to tell Carol Douglas, the hotel’s General Manager.”

In Stephanie’s haste to claim her pear-shaped prize, she nearly locked herself out of the hotel room.

“I was so excited, I left the room without the ring box and the code word and had to race back up to grab it,” she said. “And I’m glad I did as the ring is even more stunning in real life.”

TFE Hotels’ Chief Revenue Officer, Shaizeen Contractor, said the Princess and the Pear competition was created in partnership with one of the country’s oldest jewellers, Fairfax & Robert, to mark the spectacular relaunch of The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

“The Savoy on Little Collins has a new name and a new look that pays tribute to the Art Deco era of the original Hotel Alexander built on the site in 1928,” Shaizeen said. “With Princess and the Pear, we were inspired by the glamour of those days and by the fairy-tale story of Princess and the Pea and wanted to do something special for our guests.”

The property’s ‘find a ring’ competition, attracted entries from around the country, and saw hotel guests wax lyrical about why they deserved to win the bespoke Fairfax & Roberts’ ring.

For Stephanie, her entry was written at midnight, as she was finalising her travel bookings and she spontaneously decided to enter the competition.

“I put an entry in and, honestly, that was the last I thought about it until I arrived,” she said.  “I’ve been lusting after a pink diamond or a pink sapphire for ages, so you could say I’m tickled pink to win.”

“I can’t wait to tell my sister, but I think she’ll hate me for it.”

Stephanie now has ten thousand extra reasons to book another stay when next in Melbourne, but she needs no encouragement.

“I always try and stay at The Savoy on Little Collins when I’m in town for business,” Stephanie said. “I love the hotel and I love the architecture – it’s just a beautiful atmosphere after a stressful day in the office.”


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Jodi Clark
Director of Communications – TFE Hotels
61 499 900 658 / [email protected]


“Pink sapphires reflect the light of the heart. They’re calming, allowing release of tension. And they sparkle too. A wonderful metaphor for The Savoy – a haven on business trips.”

Fairfax & Roberts is Australia’s oldest established jeweller. Since 1858, Fairfax & Roberts has been creating luxury jewellery that has been loved and worn for many generations. In-house designers and artisans source the world’s finest gems to create jewellery that epitomises elegance and beauty – inspired by our heritage and informed by contemporary trends.

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins is part of Collection by TFE Hotels and offers a sophisticated address in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. The hotel has recently unveiled a contemporary design that pays tribute to the Art Deco era of the original Hotel Alexander built on site in 1928.

TFE Hotels Collection is a portfolio of unique and beautiful discovery hotels with a sense of story, place and purpose. These are hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, captivating in their individual character and charm. Engaging teams deliver signature dining offerings, promising memorable experiences. With Collection properties, from the moment you step inside, you will be captivated by the place’s charm and inspired by its stories. Each hotel lives and breathes its location, offering experiences tailored to the guest, allowing them to immerse themselves in the destination. They offer stylish restaurants and sophisticated cocktail lounges, well-equipped gyms, attentive concierges and spacious guest rooms.