The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Hotel is one delightful 5-star hotel experience, and within good reason too. For starters, the hotel is located on the Paris End of Collins Street. The ambience screams out opulence and luxury.
The rooms are trendy and sophisticated with arty style. The lowest level room is the classic. All bathrooms contain marble tiles and French toiletries such as L'Occitane. The next level room is the superior with more space. Luxury rooms include spas and amazing views of Port Phillip Bay. The Opera and Imperial suites on the 50th floor have an abundance of space with double lounges and bedrooms with spa bath opulence.
I have been to a number of events at this hotel, and therefore I have gotten to know the grand ballroom pretty well. A number of different setups work in well with the spacious room with thick, quality carpet. Quality audio visual equipment is also used. I love the refreshments provided to conference delegates at this hotel. They always stock up on the simplest things, even when tea bags are running low. Love the chilled ice water. I have also tried a number of their sandwiches when it came to those lunch sessions. Divine. Fresh, flavoursome fillings with quality cupcake like desserts. Also the pastries are so mouthwatering. A diverse selection of fine French pastries were also enjoyed, and oh yes, the snails are also delicious. At another conference, I also tried the catered spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce. Hot and just two of them hit the spot nicely.
The networking space can get quite crowded, and this is when many people sit in the hotel's lobby area and network from there. Otherwise the alleyway near the bathrooms where the plants are is always good. The restroom in that area is quite ordinary, yet the restroom area next to Sofi's is just stunning and well maintained.
It is great to see a couple of quality eateries connected to this hotel in the food court area at 45 Collins Street, right near where the Kino Cinemas can be located. The fruit yoghurt selections make way for a great lunch.
I have been fortunate to have also enjoyed some quality tea and cake here with great company in the past. Turn up to Sofi's anytime during the week (mornings just before lunch is best) and you might be able to enjoy quality green tea or other herbal blends on these couches. If you're not a tea person, then the lattes are also worth the $7 per cup for. An almond biscuit piece is also provided with each hot drink. If you're sharing with a friend, the staff also provide some complimentary nibbles that include nuts. If you wish to go to Sofi's during the weekend, you must be in the mood for high tea, and hence you need to book in advance. Otherwise, for a change of scenery the bar area at level 35 is chilled and relaxing. Having a coffee or a tea here is either great alone or with someone. However mobile phone reception is not the best given the location.
Excellent customer service all round. On all of the occasions I have used this hotel to either attend yet another conference or to chill out with friends, this hotel has it made. The service is just gold.
The entrance to Sofi's. You can see a glimpse of the plush sofas I am talking about.