HOTEL REVIEW – The Langham Melbourne, Australia

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View from the Executive Terrace Room of the Langham Melbourne. All photography by Lara Antonelli-Leorke.

There is nothing more sweepingly romantic than a glorious stay at a luxurious hotel; and none come grander in our beloved home city than the Langham Melbourne. Situated at the forefront of the iconic Southbank Promenade, towering over the Yarra River, neighbouring the Arts Centre spiral and with sprawling sights up Elizabeth Street, above Flinders Street Station, and over to the MCG, the Langham Melbourne commands one of the most breathtaking views of the city.

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This spectacular 5-star hotel will have you wanting for nothing. Every first class fancy is catered for at the Langham Melbourne. Starting with your arrival – first rate valet parking and luggage collection mean you don’t need to give your possessions a second thought, as you enter the marble entrance and make your way up the cascading water feature escalator to the hotel’s stunning lobby, complimented by grand staircase and amazing display of blooms that change regularly.

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As you would expect from a 5-star luxury hotel, the opt-in privileges for your stay are endless. We stayed in thesublime top floor Executive Terrace Room, and were thus granted access to the exclusive Langham Club Lounge, which allowed for private check-in and check-out, amongst other privileges. The private checking in/out allows for your luggage to be swiftly taken to your room whilst you sit back, relax and enjoy the perks of all-day tea, coffee and pastries; traditional afternoon tea (scones, anyone?); pre-dinner drink and hors d’oeuvres; and deluxe continental breakfast – all from the stunning 24th floor of the hotel.

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Additional privileges of the Langham Club Lounge include: Butler services (such as shoe shining, pressing of three garments, arranging tickets to shows or restaurant reservations); 24- hour full service in-room dining; and access to the Health Club and Wellness Centre. After enjoying what the Langham Club Lounge has to offer (knowing you can return at any time), you can check in to your room at your leisure.

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The Langham Melbourne offers an array of plush and elegant rooms that are sure to impress – from business stays to romantic weekend escapes. There are 363 Superior, Deluxe and Executive Rooms, a dozen Balcony and Terrace Rooms, one residential Suite and one Chairman Suite. Our stay in the Executive Terrace was superb, as it offers a massive 45 square meter terrace with outdoor furniture from which to comfortably enjoy the most spectacular views of Melbourne.

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Other superior luxuries include: king-sized bed, ornate work desk, couch and armchair, 42-inch LCD TV, marble bath tub, double vanity and walk-in shower, complimentary WIFI and MP3 dock in the bedroom and bathroom. Spacious and sophisticated, the rooms even come with a charming door bell and amenities from the hotel’s day spa, Chuan Spa.

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Chuan Spa is located in the Health and Wellness Centre of the hotel, and offers all the treatments you would expect from a luxury day spa, including massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, plus they can tailor their treatments to suit your individual needs.

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The Health Club and Wellness Centre is a gorgeous retreat, which offers a fitness studio and well-equipped change rooms, as well as the hotel’s magnificent pool, which captures the most amazing views of the city skyline. It offers an indoor swimming experience that is wonderfully complimented by a huge alfresco terrace, accessed via glass sliding panels and wide staircase. It’s versatility means that guests can enjoy the pool and spa on a chilly Melbourne morning or a sweltering summer afternoon, as you sun bake out on the terrace lounges, staring up at the towering city buildings above. City holidaying perfection.

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Not only does the Langham Melbourne look the part, ever inch as glamorous and luxurious as you would expect with its soaring ceilings, shining marble and sparkling chandeliers, yet it also acts the part. The impeccable service, professional yet warm hospitality and professionalism displayed by every member of the Langham Melbourne that we encountered was a true benchmark for every other luxury hotel. It’s no wonder we witnessed so many ‘return stay’ guests be welcomed back with enthusiasm and decorum. We cannot wait to return and enjoy another special stay at the Langham Melbourne.

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To book your stay at the Langham Melbourne, head to:

http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/melbourne/

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