Ether Conference Centre at The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure

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195 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Ether is a unique, stylish Melbourne conference venue specialising in business meetings, conferences, functions and events. It's a quiet and relaxed space to escape the busy city centre, and offers nine multi-purpose rooms, each unique in concept and layout and designed to encourage creative thinking.

Room furnishings are fresh and contemporary in design and function and each space contains individual climate controls and special ergonomic chairs in boardrooms. Leading audiovisual equipment can be customised to your needs and attentive and professional staff will be on hand to ensure your event runs smoothly.

You'll never go hungry at Ether with our convenient and popular 'Snack Station' allowing you to make your own choice from a selection of the tastiest nibbles. But the highlight may be our delicious range of gourmet and personalised menus, designed to gratify the most fastidious of palates at lunch or dinner time.

After the event enjoy mingling in our spacious pre-function area showcasing stunning artwork.


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Venue Capacities

Accommodaton Rating:4 1/2 star
Number of Rooms - Accommodation: 530
Maximum Capacity - Accommodation: 599

Notes Relating to Accommodation:

Ether is located in a complex which offers two hotel options. Perfectly positioned between the two hotels it provides options for all tastes and budgets. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is a 4.5 star hotel offering contemporary and spacious rooms, whilst the 3.5 star Mercure Welcome Melbourne provides great value for money accommodation in the heart of the CBD.

Minimum Capacity 2Cocktail party - 3 hours food & beverage$58
Maximum Capacity 130Lunch or Dinner - 4 hours food and beverage$70
Maximum Standing 130Conference - Day package$69
Maximum Table Seating 100ACCOMMODATIONFROM
Maximum Theatre 100Per Room$189

Notes Relating to Venue Capacities:

With nine unique rooms to choose from, your event experience promises to exceed expectations and delight your colleagues and clients.

ROOMCocktail Cocktail with Dance Floor Banquet Banquet with Dance Floor Theatre Theatre with Dance Floor Classroom U-Shape Style Boardroom Style Area (M2) Ceiling Height (M)
Water Therapy Space      8            8  25  2.4
Air Sphere Space      16            16  59  2.4
Earth Space  60    50    60    30  24  30  81  2.4
Fire Space  60    40    60    30  27  30  58  2.4
Sun Sphere  24    20    20    12  15  16  25  2.4
Moon Space  45    40    45    24  20  20  47  2.4
Alchemy Space  60    40    48    20  21  24  64  2.4
Arbour Space  100    70    80    30  28  30  94  2.3
Earth + Fire Spaces combined  120        120    60      111  2.4
ON15  120  100  90  70  100      30  32  85  3
Cocoon  150    100              100  3

Event Suitability

Conference:  yes
Corporate:  yes
Social:  yes
Wedding Receptions:  yes
Wedding Ceremonies:  no
Training Events:  yes
Sporting Club Events:  yes
21st Birthdays:  no
Deb Balls and School Formals:  no
After Parties:  no
Underage Events:  no
18th Birthdays:  no
Religious Events:  yes
Dinner Dances:  no
Exhibition/Product Launch:  yes
Concerts:  no
Hens & Bucks Nights:  no

Food & Beverages

Catered:  yes
Allow External Catering:  no
Licensed:  yes
Allow External Beverages:  no
Licensed Hours:  7.00am - 1.00am

Other Requirements

AV - Sound Lighting, Staging Etc.:  yes
Views:  no
Parking:  no
Outdoor Facilities:  no
Disabled Access and Facilities:  yes
Public Transport Nearby:  yes

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