Lifestyle

The Grand Hotel: Old World Exterior, Contemporary Styled Interior

Written by guest blogger,  Little Miss Melbourne.

Standing proud on the cusp of Melbourne CBD and the Docklands, consuming an entire block from Flinders Street up to Collins, the Grand Hotel Melbourne is, well, grand.  This splendid heritage-listed building originally built in the 1880’s today offers four and a half star accommodation with studio and loft-style one and two bedroom hotel apartments.  It’s an exciting time for the Grand Hotel Melbourne, too, with a recent refurbishment to their generous, classic rooms.  While the hotel continues to ooze old world charm and sophistication, the hotel has done an excellent job with bringing the historic building forward, yet again, into the current day.

Location

Just a three minute walk to Southern Cross Station, the hotel is literally on the door step to Melbourne’s many offerings including Crown Casino, Etihad Stadium, Docklands, Melbourne Aquarium, DFO South Wharf and Southbank.  Stroll into town or use the free City Circle tram just outside the hotel to explore the city and all which it is famous for from shopping to coffee, food and the theatre.  The Grand Hotel Melbourne is your home away from home and your gateway to the cultural experiences of Melbourne.

Rooms

The grandeur of the hotel’s exterior contrasts divinely with the new, modern interior of the refurbished rooms.  Studio apartments are ideal for shorter stays and accommodate a maximum of two people.  The one and two loft-style bedroom apartments are considerably spacious and accommodating, ideal for short or longer term, comfortable stays.  Each refurbished room comes with a new, fully self-contained kitchen conveniently equipped with European appliances (including a Nespresso coffee machine) allowing guests the option of whipping up something basic should they wish.  With Woolworths right across the road, this is a highly viable option.  Of course, room service is also available daily for breakfast (from 7 – 11am) and dinner (5 – 9:30pm) if staying in is firmly on the agenda.   Other features include an iPod docking station, sublime designer furniture, luxury bathroom with a beautiful rain-shower, and luxurious (huge) feather topped beds.

Hotel facilities

Not all the rooms come with a bath, so if you’re partial to a bit of a soak in your room, request this upon booking.  Although, with a spa and sauna also within the hotel, you’re sure to be able to relax and unwind during your stay.  The indoor, glass-covered pool area is very nice and inclusive of a BBQ area should you feel that way inclined.  For the morning after our stay, we had breakfast at the hotel’s bar and restaurant, RAB.  Being presented with an a la carte menu was a refreshing change to the often stock-standard buffet.  Breakfast was tasty and fulfilling, washed down with freshly squeezed juice and good coffee.  It was just what we needed to get the day going.

Having stayed at The Grand Hotel Melbourne prior to the refurbishment, we can safely say that the new look is sophisticated, elegant and modern chic.  While the rooms with the former decorating still offer the classic traditional feel resonant of the hotel’s history, the refurbished rooms offer guests new, contemporary accommodation for their inner city Melbourne stay.

Things we loved:

–          The incredible spaciousness of the one bedroom apartment

–          Standard 11am checkout

–          A la carte breakfast menu at RAB instead of a buffet

–          Woolworths conveniently at Spencer Street Station

–          The new designer furniture – very chic

–          Large desks great for getting some work done

–          Tall, beautiful windows

–          Cable TV (guilty as charged)

City girl and fabulous freelancer, Sarah Harrison is the sassy online lifestyle profile, Little Miss Melbourne.  She writes about travel, food, life and love and is a firm believer in life by design and having it all.  When Sarah’s not travelling for business, she’s in Melbourne soaking up its rich culture and sharing it online through her blog, Twitter and Instagram.

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