Before ever visiting Melbourne, we had an inclination we'd be obsessed with it. Some of our favorite cafés in L.A. and New York City are Australian imports. Case in point: Paramount Coffee Project at The ROW in the Arts District and West Hollywood.
Then there are Aussie designers like Zimmermann and Alice McCall, whose playful pieces we wished could be our entire wardrobe. There's also Australian musician Nick Murphy and Melbourne-headquartered brands like Aesop. With so many of our favorite things originating from Australia, we were certain our trip would add even more.
Visiting the land Down Under lived up to our expectations. Our list grew longer, with incredible dining additions like Supernormal, Lûmé, and Lune Croissanterie (asking for a friend to open outposts in the States) and hotel rooms that made us say out loud—more than once—that we'd redecorate our homes when we returned.
It’d be safe to say we're now true Australophiles and already dreaming of a return trip to Melbourne and Victoria. We've already scoped out the hotels we'd call home for the evening. Keep reading to see five luxury millennial-designed hotels to stay in next time you're in Melbourne.
BTW, if you live in San Francisco, you're in luck: Qantas just launched a new direct route from the Bay to Melbourne, and there are nonstop flights from L.A. too. Get your passport ready, and don't forget to apply for a visa!
Situated on a working vineyard is this architectural marvel on the Mornington Peninsula. Picture a sleek black building—and black pool—contrasted against a rural countryside overlooking rows of vines. The boutique hotel, featuring 45-rooms and suites, also includes a breathtakingly beautiful restaurant. Rare Hare draws in guests outside of the hotel—predominantly Melbournians. There's also Doot, Doot, Doot, which was awarded a Chef Hat, the Australian equivalent of a Michelin star. Because it's part of a vineyard, not only can you drink wine to your heart's content, but the hotel partners with a company called Hunter Lab to incorporate the fruit into its bath products.
On the spa menu is vinotherapy, and we're all about it.
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We live here now. Each accommodation at this 12-room apartment-style hotel includes a kitchen with appliances an induction oven, washer, dryer, and living area, and they're all outfitted with Le Labo's Santal 33 bath products. It's minimally adorned in a muted color scheme of grays and blush. The hidden gem opened in June and features a hotel restaurant, Matilda, that delivers in-room breakfast daily. (Though we highly recommend peeping the design at the restaurant and scoping the bathroom downstairs for its turquoise-tiled floors and wooden wall panels.)
Located at the Paris end of Collins Street is this artsy 188-room hotel. At the entrance, a female porter—whose title is the best, "director of chaos"—greets guests, juggles, and spins fire. Inside, the interior stylist has devised an edgy design that's both eclectic and minimal. Picture Fornasetti dishes adorning the walls of the restaurant, minimal but intricate furnishings, and a whole lot of black. The suites include unfinished ceilings, wide-plank herringbone floors, and a freestanding tub in the bedroom. Throughout the hotel's public areas is a curated art collection. Even if you're not staying at the hotel, sip cocktails at The Rooftop at QT.
Located across the street from one of our favorite restaurants, Supernormal, is the Adelphi Hotel. If you look up, you'll immediately spot the hotel's iconic glass-bottom swimming pool. The design of the pool extends past the building into the sky. Come prepared to take street style photos. The surrounding area is covered in street art. The 34-room boutique hotel also features a dessert restaurant, Om Nom.
There are four Art Series Hotels in Melbourne, but only one is located next to high-end designer boutique Le Louvre. Situated in South Yarra, The Olsen features original artworks by namesake landscape artist John Olsen. In addition to the property’s 224-rooms is Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar, which serves both seasonal and local fare.
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