With its reputation as one of Melbourne's best business hotels, I had to check out the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street when my office was reviewing suitable venues for a global meeting.
The hotel undertook major refurbishment of its function spaces and restaurant on level 35 in 2009. As the luxury brand of Accor, the world's leading hotel operator with more than 4400 hotels in 92 countries, I was expecting high levels of quality and service.
Located at the "Paris end" of Collins Street, Sofitel is in the heart of the high fashion shopping and theatre district.
Occupying the upper levels of a stylish steel-and-glass building, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins has carved a position as Melbourne's 'Hotel for the Arts'. Its affinity to the arts and fashion is reflected in its avant-garde interiors including the lobby, open spaces, fittings and furniture.
For more than 10 years, Sofitel has launched and supported Melbourne's most exciting cultural events including a major partner of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Complementing Melbourne's rich arts culture and history, the hotel is a living art gallery with a rotation of some sixteen temporary exhibitions each year in its lounge and private dining room in its No.35 restaurant.
Guest Rooms and Club Lounge
Commencing from level 36, all 363 rooms in Sofitel Melbourne on Collins boast extensive Melbourne vistas and generally larger than those in other hotels. Business travellers can expect the modern comforts and technologies, as well as the Sofitel MyBed in King or Twin (large size single) bedding configurations.
Club Sofitel offers the additional luxury of a private check-in, express pressing, evening turndown service, wireless internet and business facilities and access to a private lounge area where you can enjoy afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapés with panoramic views of the city on the 35th floor after a day of meetings.
With its amazing views from day to night and modern décor elegant with contemporary artworks, No. 35 is excellent for romantic dates and dinner occasions. The Bay View Room offers seamless views of Melbourne from the Arts Precinct to Port Phillip Bay while dining with up to 16 persons. Most importantly, Chef Stuart McVeigh delivers spot-on European cuisine with a focus on flavours from local produce at fair prices that complement the great views.
Sofi's Lounge at the lobby level provides an elegant and relaxing space bathe in natural light and artwork exhibitions for afternoon teas on weekdays and weekends. It also offers France's famous Lenôtre brand of pastry and confectionery daily. On Saturday evenings, the lounge comes alive with jazz ensembles from 9pm.
As one of Melbourne's largest integrated hotel conference venues, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins can accommodate meeting sizes from 10 to 1,000 people in its 13 individual meeting rooms equipped with comprehensive audio-visual facilities and professional hoist for large exhibition items. Its unique spaces include the pillarless Grand Ballroom for 1000 and tiered 362-seat auditorium.