News Corp reports the 8 storey Hotel Saville was purchased for $7.3 million and will be turned into a boutique hotel for the show’s 11th series, due to air late next year.
In 2002 the hotel was in the news after it was alleged male gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott violently raped a client in a hotel suite, with part of her tongue missing. The self-proclaimed “vampire” was later murdered in 2003.
Previous media reports -and even a YouTube auction video- have previously speculated the show has also purchased another South Yarra property in Darling Street.
Property Observer notes Brenchley Architects has recently lodged a $2.4 million 10 apartment, development application at 27 Darling Street, South Yarra which has a caveat on it pursuant to a purchase by Watercress Productions, suggesting the 10th and possibly subsequent series could be undertaken at the popular Melbourne suburb.
Nine director of communications Victoria Buchan told News Corp: “We are not making any comment about properties that people speculate about us purchasing or not.”
Executive Producer Justin Sturzaker recently told TV Tonight, a bluechip suburb and an interesting building were key to choosing locations.
“The #1 priority from my perspective is the buildings that we have been renovating in the most recent series have become their own character within themselves,” he said.