Ho­tel hotspots for Mel­bourne’s sum­mer of sport.

Mel­bourne is the hottest des­ti­na­tion for sport lovers this sea­son. The Ashes Boxing Day Test kicks off fes­tiv­i­ties, be­fore the Port­sea Polo and Aus­tralian Open take over by mid-jan­uary. Luck­ily, there’s been up­dates to the city’s most pop­u­lar ho­tels, maki

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The Chen, Box Hill

The eighth bou­tique in the Art Se­ries Ho­tels group has opened in the cul­tural melt­ing pot of Box Hill. Just as their pop­u­lar Mel­bourne hotspots The Black­man, The Olsen, The Cullen and The Lar­will pay homage to a name­sake con­tem­po­rary artist, The Chen takes its de­sign cues from Chi­nese/ Aus­tralian painter Zhong Chen.

QT Ho­tel, CBD

This buzzing ho­tel only marked its first an­niver­sary a few months ago, but al­ready QT Mel­bourne is up­ping the ante on the food front. They’ve just ap­pointed An­drew Harmer, one of the city’s hottest culi­nary stars (hav­ing worked at Vue De Monde and The Point in Al­bert Park) as their new ex­ec­u­tive chef.

Crown Ho­tels, South­bank

Guests want­ing the con­ve­nience and prox­im­ity of Crown Metropol, Prom­e­nade or Tow­ers can now book di­rectly and save 15 per cent off the best daily rate. The on­line of­fer, Crown Di­rect, has other perks too, like drink cards on ar­rival, in-room ameni­ties and sneak peeks at sales; crown­ho­tels.com.au/crowndi­rect.

QT’S An­drew Harmer is known for his pas­sion for na­tive in­gre­di­ents and sea­sonal cui­sine. He is now in charge of over­see­ing all food of­fer­ings at the ho­tel, start­ing with the PASCALE BAR & GRILL.

The crowning glory of THE CHEN is an ar­chi­tec­turally im­pres­sive rooftop pool and en­ter­tain­ment deck that of­fers panoramic views of sur­round­ing sub­urbs and the CBD, some 14km off in the dis­tance.

ROOFTOP AT QT con­tin­ues to rule as one of Mel­bourne’s hottest spots for a sum­mer soiree. Pull up a stool to sam­ple its brand-new open-air cock­tail menu; qtho­tel­san­dresorts.com/mel­bourne.

Crown Tow­ers’s LONG CHIM has also come to the party with a new bar-snacks menu and out­door din­ing on the ter­race, where you can sip their own Lit­tle Red Fish beer in the sun.

Com­bine your stay with a two-course cham­pagne lunch at BISTRO GUIL­LAUME, fea­tur­ing flow­ing Moët and clas­sic French fare. Priced at $99 per per­son; (03) 9292 5777.

The ho­tel’s 100 open-plan APARTMENTS­TYLE SUITES have orig­i­nal and dig­i­tal ar­chive pieces from Chen. From $159 per night; art­seriesho­tels. com.au/chen.

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