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Published August 3rd 2011
Experience what it feels like to live life like a member of the elites by staying a night at one of these luxury 5-star hotels. Whether it is an up-coming anniversary, birthday or a simple getaway from the mundane life, a night out in a 5-star hotel may be the very thing for you.
In order to determine what makes an enjoyable 5-star hotel experience, you have to look into the style and ambience of the hotel, the service from the staff, the variety of guest facilities available, dining and entertainment options, and the very first impressions. All these little and big aspect are must matter, as you are paying top dollar for a truly outstanding hotel experience. If you want a simply bed for a night, there are plenty of options out there. But if you truly want to feel the high life, these 5-star establishments that I present come highly regarded. As Mel Brooks once said, 'It's good to be King'.
The largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere, Crown Towers transcends guests into a state of wealth and power. It is where Gordon Gecko's moto 'Greed is Good' flows throughout the building walls. Whereas normal 5-star hotels offer 'Superior Rooms' or 'Standard Rooms', Crown Towers only start from 'Deluxe Rooms' and above. Within moments of stepping into this establishment, one immediately is spoilt by the hotel's extravagant foyer filled with lush water fountains and a crystal ceiling. Rooms are fitted with elaborate contemporary furnishing, large cushy beds and techno-gadgetry that would appear right out a Bond film. The staff are attentive and courteous, always leaving behind a daily treat of Lindt chocolates or fresh fruits on the marble table in your room. The panoramic views of the Melbourne city and Yarra River will always ensure guest will be more than satisfied with their self indulgent stay at Crown Towers.
Apart from the heavenly hotel rooms in the tower, The Crown Casino complex is complete with high end boutiques, multiple first class restaurants – including a Gordon Ramsy owned Maze, various nightlife options and entertainment facilities for the kids. The casino side of Crown is only a small aspect to this massive complex.
Built in 1884, The Windsor, aka The Duchess of Spring Street, is Australia's only remaining grand Victorian styled hotel. The 'Grand Lady' is renowned for her style, grace and elegance, all which reflect of a romanticism of the Victorian age. Guest are immediately transported to a different era upon entry - a cheery top-hat wearing doorman welcomes you in, a grand piano greets you with gentle melodies as you walk through to reception and a prestigious stair case ready to escort you to your room.
The Windsor is an aged establishment. Her rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, decorated tastefully with a modern twist. Yet she has been known to be a tad squeaky and creaky, an aspect that truly creates some character and warmth. A highly exceptional staff is friendly and always ready to be of service.
Breakfast is plentiful in variety, and prepared with the highest of gourmet standards. Even if you're not think of staying, it is well worth visiting the 111 Spring Street Restaurant for their Afternoon Tea, which serves a mouth drooling selection of freshly baked scones, exquisite French pastries, finger sandwiches and a worthy selection of tea blends. Conveniently located, a deep rich history and an elegantly beauty, what more can you ask from a hotel of this caliber?
The only Australian hotel to be listed in Travel and Leisure Magazine's 'The 100 Best Hotels in the World' list, The Langham ensures guest will be offered world class standards in comfort and service. Immediately upon arrival, you will feel blown away by its undeniable style and luxury as crystal chandeliers and sweeping marble staircases welcome you.
Rooms at the Langham provide a calming and relaxing environment with elegant and comfortable bedding, a lovely décor and stunning views over the Yarra River and the Melbourne city skyline. The well trained staff excels beyond brilliance, and the remarkable choices in services and facilities offered are dangerously delightful as exemplified with the award winning Chuan Spa – a heavenly sanctuary that combines the traditions of Eastern and Western practices to rejuvenate and harmonize guest. Advisory: Don't have anything planned immediately afterwards because you will simply be in a state of total relaxation.
The dining options at The Langham are a showcase for Melbourne's multicultural food culture with the Melba Brasserie serving the best buffet dinner in town. The only downside to Melba Brasserie is that you won't be able to try everything on the buffet menu. The Langham will make your stay a memorable one. Once you exit through The Langham doors, you will need a while to adjust back to the realities of normal life.
Perfectly wedge in between State Parliament House and Fitzroy Gardens, the Park Hyatt is uniquely secluded for a hotel located in the Melbourne CBD. With lovely hotel views of St Patrick's Cathedral and the serenity of the Fitzroy Gardens, it's very easy to forget that you are only just a minutes' walk from the action of the city.
Park Hyatt excels at the attention of detail gone into this hotel; shinny Italian marble bathrooms, a sublime water fountain welcoming guest, fresh wooden-panel furnishings and irresistible super sized bathtubs. Rooms at Park Hyatt are noticeably larger than other 5-star hotel rooms and are strategically laid out to allow maximize natural sunlight. Complete with a delightfully comfortable bed, work station and contemporary furniture, the Park Hyatt assures guest will have a more than an exceptional 5-star experience.
The service offered by the warm and friendly Park Hyatt staff is of an exceptional level. Personalized service for each guest where any request is never too big or too small for them to handle. The guest facilities are fantastic and full of variety with a mellow pool area, a fully equipped gym and luxurious change rooms fitted with steam room, sauna and essential toiletries.
While the sleek and chic Radii Restaurant may seem to be a shadow of its former self, the Tea Lounge located in the hotel lobby area still lures guest for a good old traditional afternoon tea. Overlooking a lush green tranquil garden, guest can enjoy sip their tea and coffee and just simply relax after a hard days of business or sightseeing.
Like The Windsor, The Tea Lounge also serves a High Tea menu filled with assorted finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and heavenly desserts – all to be devoured with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, espresso coffee and a variety of leaf teas.
The Park Hyatt doesn't just provide luxury, it is luxury.
The Como Melbourne was the first hotel establishment to incorporate 'chic' into their personality, reflecting the vibe of South Yarra's fashionable, Chapel Street. It's a great alternative to the Melbourne CBD, with wonderful shopping and eating options at just a step away from The Como.
The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with a stylish vogue touch, fitted with superbly comfortable beds, a very nice and deep bathtub to soak in, intimate modern furniture and that much loved cute little Como rubber duck on the side in the bathroom.
The Como staff are extremely attentive, always friendly to your needs with nothing too much trouble for them, and the facilities and services available are outstanding. Be sure to make good use of the hotel's heated swimming pool with its retractable roof and the cozy sundeck to bask in the sun.
The dining at The Como, The Brasserie, serves the classic buffet breakfast to start the day. It's pleasant, but not the greatest of all buffet breakfasts. To be fair, this establishment does face some stiff competition with cafes and restaurants of Chapel St.
An interesting feature available at The Como is the Japanese garden suites which provide guests their very own secluded sanctuary. With this themed suite, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and enjoy the splendor and serenity of nature. The courtyard is stylishly decorated with bamboo and pebbles, fitted with a three-piece outdoor furniture set.
Just a minutes' walk from Melbourne's centre of fashion, The Como provide guests with a very stylish and chic hotel experience.
Built in 1891, The Blackman is situated within the historic Airlie Mansion, once home to Melbourne's wealthiest aristocrats. Named after Australia's best artistic painters, Charles Blackman, this hotel establishment transports guests to the world of art. The guest suites at The Blackman are decorated with stunning art pieces on a contemporary interior setting and feature soft and comfortable beds, LCD flat screen TVs, a small sized kitchenette fitted with refrigerator and microwave, an iPod docking station, funky designer furniture and – staying true to its artistic roots – a small collection of art books. It's classy, artistic and can easily be mistaken for pretentiousness, yet it's relaxed and homey.
The staff are impeccable, providing guest with courteous and helpful services throughout day and night using a distinctively Australian 'no-worries' vibe. Other outstanding services include eco-friendly transport options such as Smart Car and bicycle rentals. Guest can discover Melbourne themselves while saving the environment.
The eating facilities on the reception level of The Blackman are something of worthy mention. The Fleur Depot de Pain café cooks up some mouth watering French pastries and baguettes that will even make the French themselves bow to their knees. The Classico restaurant opposite to the café serves traditional and authentic Italian cuisine using the finest of ingredients in a stylish modern ambience.
It may sometimes feel more like an art gallery than a hotel, but The Blackman will definitely take you on a unique and quirky hotel experience.