St Jerome's - The Hotel is peak Melbourne - you get to sleep in luxury, completely kitted-out tents on a rooftop covered in artificial turf in the middle of the CBD; while your every need is catered, assistants zipping around the site on bicycles and brining you the city's iconic foodie fare at your request.
The glampsite is found on top of Melbourne Central, although you never feel like you are anywhere near a shopping centre, but rather like you are on a retreat far away from reality.
As soon as you exit the elevator and step through the glass doors onto the artificial turf, that holiday feeling hits and the sociable staff ensure it never leaves, soon setting you up with a free cocktail to enjoy on the flowery beanbags under the watchful eyes of a red rhino and a sunset glittering off Melbourne Central's iconic glass cone - the only reminder that you are on the shopping centre's roof.
Dotted with spectacularly designed, quirky products and whimsical animal sculptures, St Jerome's - The Hotel is as deluxe as it is homey. You'll sleep in one of the hotel's 21 world-class standard canvas bell tents, which are kitted out with double or queen size beds dressed in premium linen, throws and plush robes; split system air conditioning; a tablet loaded with movies; and an esky stocked with local craft beer and cider, which are free to consume.
The hotel has nine amenity units with toilets and showers that are clean and spacious, and stocked with revitalising ASPAR hand soap, moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner.
The beauty of St Jerome's - The Hotel is that you can zip down to the CBD streets for a night out as easily as you can stay hidden in the city sky and enjoy it all from above. The hotel has a 24-hour concierge service, in-tent dining, a general store, bar and communal area with games to play; and the best of Melbourne will be brought to you, including custom-made dessert from Gelato Messina and T2 sleep-time tea.
And, there's nothing like waking up and stepping out of your tent to a sunrise seeping through sparkling skyscrapers and hitting heritage buildings 360 degrees around you.
Well, nothing other than enjoying a delicious complimentary breakfast in a sunbeam surrounded by Melbourne's spectacular skyline. Delivered right to your tent flap, breakfast includes BLT and egg on Turkish bread, mango berry yoghurt with toasted coconut and goji berries, whole fresh seasonal fruit, and juice and T2 iced tea. Completed with barista-made coffee, the breakfast is as pleasurable as the extensive, tranquil oasis you are eating it in.
To really let the calm and moment sink in you can join the free guided morning meditation classes if you are staying on a Friday or Saturday night. If you can force yourself to leave the rooftop, available activities away from the turf include complimentary bowling at Strike Bowling and bike rental to facilitate city exploring.
A brilliant idea, Vicky! They have similar on a hotel rooftop, the Grand Daddy in Cape Town, South Africa, where they have caravans on the rooftop - not sure how they got them there, but it's a wonderful concept!