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The easing of restrictions has meant intrastate travel and overnight stays are back. But people are still, cautious so it's great to hear of hotels such as the innovative Element Melbourne Richmond observing people's safety concerns while offering unique celebratory stays to mark the lifting of restrictions.
Hot Tub and Silver Screen Package
Their first fun package includes a private movie screening from a personal hot tub -- your chance to exit 'iso' like a rock star. Element Melbourne Richmond boasts rooms equipped with private outdoor hot tubs, in front of which sit portable screens so you can sit back, soak up, and celebrate the lifting of some of Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions in front of your favourite classics or new releases with a friend or special someone.
Movies play from an iPad loaded with all of the top streaming services for you to log in and enjoy the blockbuster of your choice; a selection of films will also be available on the iPad if you don't have a streaming service account.
Both Element Melbourne Richmond's King Balcony Rooms – featuring the private hot tubs – have striking views over Melbourne's skyline.
Rates for the 'Hot Tub and Silver Screen' package start at $280 per night, for two people. A snack and drink pack is also available for purchase – for $50, you can enjoy a bottle of delectable Australian sparkling wine, popcorn, ice cream and chips.
For families, Element Melbourne Richmond is offering a special deal: "buy one room, get one free." Every booking made where the guests include kids aged 18 and under receive an interconnecting room for free, allowing mum and dad a break yet peace of mind knowing their kids are nearby.
Interconnecting room types at Element Melbourne Richmond include the King Room (for mum and dad) and the Twin Room (for up to two kids).
Rates start at $170 per night and a snack pack is also available for purchase for $70, including wine or beer for adults, juice for kids and sweets, chocolate, chips and ice cream for the whole family. All rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, Chromecast and options to stream from services including Netflix and Stan.
If you are tired of working from home with bad Wi-Fi connections, distracting family or housemates or cramped quarters, Element Melbourne Richmond has converted its laneway igloos into what is perhaps Melbourne's most unique working space.
The hotel's two outdoor heated igloos have been transformed into office spaces, equipped with everything you need to get your work done in a relaxed way, including a cosy fire and heater for cooler days, power stations, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, stationery and a couch to put your feet up while you get business done.
Available for hire by the half-or-full day and fitting up to four people (with room in there for social distancing ), you'll have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi and the hotel can assist with any catering needs – there's a snack pack available for $50 including sandwiches, fresh fruit, banana bread and refreshing beverages or the team can help organise delivery from a local Richmond restaurant.
The best part? A dress code of comfortable loungewear is encouraged, and your furry friend can even join you for a cuddle during break time as the igloos are pet-friendly! Rates start at $100 for half a day (five hours, for which the timing is flexible) or $150 for the full day (10 hours, between 8am – 6.00pm).
There is free on-site parking available with any package booking, and the hotel is ideally situated within easy access of the bike paths that run from Melbourne's CBD, along the Yarra River. For those who prefer to take public transport, the hotel is situated on the #70 line.
Element Melbourne Richmond has strict cleaning schedules and sanitisation measures in place, in line with Marriott International's updated standards. Each of the hotel's meeting rooms spaces and public areas – such as the lobby, its lounge and restaurant – are thoroughly cleaned with increased frequency, dedicated staff and recommended products.
Hand sanitiser is readily available throughout the hotel, at its entrances, front desk, elevator banks and in meeting spaces. At Element Melbourne Richmond this includes a unique 'Hand Sanitiser Bar' featuring sanitisers created by Australia's top alcohol companies like Four Pillars, Archie Rose and Mr Black. How could we ever have envisioned such top-shelf sanitisers in our past lives?
Signage has also been introduced in public places to remind guests to maintain social distancing, and keyless entry will be available for all rooms via the Marriott Bonvoy App (meaning guests can avoid the reception area if desired) as overnight bookings are available again.
Dining and staying active at Element Melbourne Richmond
While the hotel's restaurant, Mint Lane Restaurant and Bar, remains closed, Element Melbourne Richmond is offering takeaway coffee and has partnerships with nearby restaurants that will deliver breakfast, lunch and dinner to the hotel.
In line with restrictions, Element Melbourne Richmond's gym also remains closed, however, its 'bikes to borrow' program is still running, allowing guests to enjoy the many bike paths and parks that are so close to the hotel. Bikes are sanitised before and after each use, to ensure maximum safety for guests.
All packages are available to book from 1 June 2020 for stays until 31 December 2020 – subject to availability. To book, contact the hotel team at 03 9112 8888 or on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Element Melbourne Richmond, visit elementmelbournerichmond.com.
If you are travelling with your four-legged best friend, then Element also has certain rooms available for guests with dogs. For more information click here.