New Places To Shack Up In Melbourne
MIDDLE PARK HOTEL
This historic pub opposite the Grand Prix track has had a rock’n’roll makeover. Kept: its 19th century shell, with high ceilings and fancy cornices. Added: a whole lot of class, with luxe décor, freestanding tubs and LCD TVs. Also apparent is a pinch of punk attitude that befits its location between the CBD and St Kilda (its do-not-disturb sign reads: If this room’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’).
Rooms from $250/night.
CITADINES MELBOURNE ON BOURKE
On July 1 this year, Citadenes opened its first “apart’hotel” in Melbourne. It offers nicely laid out studio, one and two-bedroom serviced apartments close to the CBD’s retail and foodie zones. Each apartment is set up with wi-fi, iPod docks and wall-mounted TVs as well as living areas and full kitchens so you can hold business meetings or just hang out like you would if you were at home.
From $165 for a deluxe studio.
THE BLACKMAN HOTEL
The third hotel opening for Melbourne’s Art Series Group focuses on the work of figurative artist Charles Blackman. As well as the requisite kitchen facilities, high-speed internet, iPod docks and LCD TVs you’d expect of an exec stay, each suite is decorated with Blackman prints and vibrant furnishings, features a library of art books and allows access to an in-house art channel.
Prices start at $179 per night.