ho­tel re­views

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Best for: Old-world grandeur be­side the river Re­viewed by: Cathy Wagstaff

The Lang­ham, Mel­bourne holds iconic sta­tus in the Vic­to­rian cap­i­tal. Per­haps it’s the fact that it is the only five-star prop­erty in the CBD with ter­races and bal­conies. Per­haps it’s the in­sti­tu­tion of Af­ter­noon Tea with Wedg­wood. Or per­haps it is sim­ply that The Lang­ham has dis­tin­guished it­self on all lev­els with rose-coloured style.

The Lang­ham ex­ceeds my ex­pec­ta­tions from the mo­ment I walk into the mar­ble lobby, il­lu­mi­nated by crys­tal chan­de­liers and ac­cen­tu­ated by a sweep­ing grand stair­case. This is old-world grandeur with­out the stuffi­ness, fin­ished with a bou­quet of Lang­ham Pink roses per­fum­ing the air.

This sense of el­e­gance and her­itage con­tin­ues in my room. The ho­tel fea­tures 375 rooms, 11 Club Spa Suites, The Apart­ment and the truly decadent

161sqm Pres­i­den­tial Suite. The use of colour is re­strained, lim­ited to ac­cents in rich greens or reds, an­chored with hand­crafted wooden fur­ni­ture.

As a guest stay­ing in a Club Room, I make good use of com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to the exclusive Club Lounge, perched at the top of the ho­tel on the 24th floor. In this re­fined oa­sis, I en­joy an im­pres­sive break­fast each morn­ing, all­day tea, cof­fee and pas­tries, tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea, fin­ish­ing with pre-din­ner cock­tails and hors d’oeu­vres. Add in the com­pli­men­tary Wi-Fi, and a Club Room is worth the up­grade.

Another sig­na­ture are the ho­tel’s Ser­vice Stylists, in­ter­nal concierges that or­gan­ise my Choco­late Bar Af­ter­noon Tea at Aria and a detox­i­fy­ing foot masque treat­ment at the on­site Chuan Spa.

Im­age © @Gyp­syLovin via Instagram, cour­tesy The Lang­ham, Mel­bourne

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