At Melbourne Place, A Free Minibar Is Just The Tip Of The (Very Chic) Iceberg
— Updated on 8 July 2024

At Melbourne Place, A Free Minibar Is Just The Tip Of The (Very Chic) Iceberg

— Updated on 8 July 2024
Randy Lai
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Randy Lai

Following a brief holding period, in which new financiers were brought aboard to finish what has amounted to a $155 million job, it’s been announced that “urban lifestyle” hotel Melbourne Place will be opening its doors to the public later this October.

Spread across 15 floors previously occupied by the Melbourne Theosophical Society, this highly anticipated property has been conceived, equally, with well-heeled travellers and Melburnians in mind.

Boasting 191 rooms & suites — including a penthouse with its own dozen-seat dining room and baby grand piano — guests have 191 private spaces at their fingertips, all decorated in a uniformly restful style that juggles warm ochre tones and tactile luxury.

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Naturally, despite the guiding aesthetic at play, not all of Melbourne Place’s rooms are made equal.

In the entry-level ‘Everyday’ category, expect rainforest showers and custom-made Jardan Bear chairs. Meanwhile both the ‘Twilight’ and ‘Horizon’ suites boast access to private balconies; though many a staycationer is bound to favour the attendant oversized soaking tub — especially this time of year.

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Pictured: At Melbourne Place, considered coffee table literature and a free minibar (barring alcohol) are just the tip of the iceberg.

On the gastronomic front, expect two (well, more like two-and-a-half) in-house dining options, both masterminded by Aussie chefs with some serious pedigree.

Nicholas Deligiannis — formerly of The Estelle in Northcote — has been tasked with overseeing the hotel’s culinary program at large: including in-room dining and Mid Air, a buzzy rooftop number inspired by “nostalgic Mediterranean flavours” and the “French culinary repertoire.”

Pudim Adade de Priscos is just one of the many Iberian-inspired dishes you’ll find the Lusteds slinging at Marmelo — pitched as one of Melbourne Place’s two signature eateries.

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Meanwhile, the Sydneyside duo of Sunny and Ross Lusted will deliver share plates, inspired by the culinary customs of coastal Portugal, at Marmelo. Though if wood-fired suckling pig and Portuguese pudim aren’t necessarily to your liking, the Lusteds are also opening Mr. Mills — a bar-slash-supper-club in the hotel’s basement, accessible only via laneway.

Classic Melbs.

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Randy Lai
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Following 6 years in the trenches covering consumer luxury across East Asia, Randy joins Boss Hunting as the team's Commercial Editor. His work has been featured in A Collected Man, M.J. Bale, Soho Home, and the BurdaLuxury portfolio of lifestyle media titles. An ardent watch enthusiast, boozehound and sometimes-menswear dork, drop Randy a line at [email protected].

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