Nesuto Docklands Apartment Hotel

A new standard in apartment accommodation

The Nesuto brand arrived in Victoria in March 2023, with the opening of Nesuto Docklands in Melbourne. Nesuto Docklands is the first Victorian property for Daiwa Living Nesuto Holdings, part of the Japanese-owned Daiwa House Group. The opening of this AUD$100million new-build apartment hotel is the 14th Nesuto branded hotel across Australia and New Zealand.

Nesuto Docklands will be a flagship hotel for Nesuto, showing off the latest and best of the Australasian brand, conveniently located within Melbourne’s growing Docklands entertainment and lifestyle waterfront precinct. Designed by Fender Katsalidas Architects, and built by Hacer Group, the hotel has 211 studio, one and two-bedroom apartment rooms across 13 floors with views of Melbourne port, bay, city, and The District Docklands Precinct.

Nesuto Docklands features modern, apartment-style accommodation with each suite equipped with a full kitchen, internal laundry in one and two-bedroom apartments, spacious living and dining areas with separate bedrooms, and a gymnasium for guests. Cutting edge technology ensures guests will be delivered an amazing experience with unlimited WiFi and Google chrome cast TV for personal streaming.

Environmentally thoughtful elements have been incorporated into the apartment hotel including solar panels to run the hotel, rooftop rainwater to flush toilets and lighting/temperature sensors in rooms.

When guests check-in, reception activates their preferred air-conditioning temperature for the room via the property management system (PMS). Being located within The District Docklands, Nesuto guests have one of Melbourne’s most unique offerings of places to eat, drink, shop and be entertained right on their doorstep. The apartment hotel is the perfect location for long-stay business travellers, families and holidaying groups looking to explore Melbourne, supported by two onsite car parks and easy access to the city via the free tram zone.

We talked with Nesuto Docklands General Manager, Damon Lunardello, to learn about the Nesuto brand and his experience opening this beautiful property.

Congratulations on launching the Nesuto brand in Melbourne, how have you found your (almost) first year at Nesuto Docklands?
The Nesuto brand has been so well received and this is evident from the amazing feedback guests have shared with us directly and online. Our premium apartment product really holds its own here in the Melbourne market. The design of the apartments is well considered and is perfect for both short and long stays. We have a 5-star, green star rating and are conscious of operating as sustainable as possible whilst not compromising on the comfort to our guests. The location and offering of the hotel within The District Docklands is second to none, with all that a traveller could need – a lift ride away from Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, and Chemist Warehouse on the ground floor, in addition to coffee shops, massage, beauty and nail salons and a sourdough bakery is soon to join the precinct. The District Docklands boasts amazing shopping, entertainment experiences and great restaurants and bars, all at our doorstep.

Have you had any special highlights or memories that will stand out in years to come?
After more than 30 years in the hotel industry I am still driven by the customer experience; and glowing guest feedback never fails to move me. One of the many special standouts this year was when a guest wrote to me and said that my team made them feel like “family” and that they will miss the family when they return home. This is such a fantastic endorsement of the team here at Nesuto Docklands Apartment Hotel which makes me full of pride.

With so much going on in the area, what are you most looking forward to Nesuto getting involved with?

The District Docklands is a real community with a village feel. Each of the operators here in the lifestyle precinct has a deep understanding of the need for all of us to succeed as a community. This creates a wonderful atmosphere for all who visit and experience what Docklands has to offer. From the O’Brien

Icehouse providing some of the world’s best skating ice, Urban Alley Brewery pouring you one of their world-class beers, watching a blockbuster movie at Hoyts ‘state of the art’ Xtreme screens cinema or losing yourself for an hour or two in Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq indoor arcade extravaganza – all of this and we have still yet to mention the numerous dining and retail options for our guests. We are always working on the next partnership promotion within the District Docklands to heighten the guest experience.

If you had to encapsulate the experience staying at Nesuto Docklands in one sentence, what would it be?
I can answer this in one word “EASY” – easy to book with free 6pm cancellation on day
of arrival, easy to park with more than 1800 onsite carparks, easy to check-in with our experienced team and 24-hour reception, easy to enjoy all that Docklands has to offer on our doorstep, easy to get around with a free tram within 100m walk, and easy to relax in our premium and spacious apartments. Or put into a shorter sentence, stay real with ease and everything at your fingertips in our design-led, premium apartment-hotel accommodation opportunely located in Melbourne’s leading lifestyle and entertainment precinct The District Docklands.

Nesuto Docklands Apartment Hotel
80 Waterfront Way, Docklands VIC 3008
T: 03 9124 0500