Words by Anna Howard
The average business traveller today expects a little more than filtered coffee and stale pastries in fluorescent-lit boardrooms.
High-flying execs need a place to lay their head after back-to-back meetings and red-eye flights, but not just any place, mind you. These six Melbourne hotels exemplify the very best in corporate comfort.
Art Series – The Blackman
Art Series hotel, The Blackman stands on the boulevard of business, St Kilda Road. This boutique property showcases the work of acclaimed artist Charles Blackman throughout 209 suites.
Each open-plan suite is beautifully appointed with designer furnishings, signature bedding and a kitchenette, creating a relaxed, yet funky living and working space. You'll also have cable television and an art library to tide you over during any down time.
When it comes to business, meeting and event spaces take their design cues from Charles Blackman's Alice in Wonderland series. Creative juices are guaranteed to flow freely within The Blackman's bespoke gallery spaces.
In-house catering is available for meet-ups, and guests can grab a coffee and pastry to go from French patisserie Depot de Pain, or unwind over some tasty nosh from Italian eatery, Classico.
As a SmartSTAY hotel, guests who book through their FCBT Travel Managers will have access to complimentary WiFi internet access, a 10 per cent discount off the best available room rate at the time of booking and a complimentary room upgrade (where available) on stays of three nights or more.
The Langham, Melbourne
Opulent, refined and lavish interiors are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staying and playing at Southbank's The Langham, Melbourne.
A hotel for discerning tastes in the city's cultural playground, The Langham, Melbourne boasts 388 understated, yet elegant guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of the Yarra River or city skyline.
Signature restaurant, Melba, is the perfect setting for power lunches for those with discriminating tastes, while Aria Bar & Lounge is a must for evening libations and late-night snacks.
There are function venues to suite any kind of corporate event, from social affairs to industry conferences, and a dedicated Langham team will ensure your event runs smoothly.
And when it's all over, take advantage of the wellness facilities including heavenly Chuan Spa, the fitness studio and swimming pool and deck.
Hey, it's all about that work-life balance.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
The Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne offers an unbeatable combination of convenience and spacious accommodation.
Southern Cross Station, the Melbourne Convention Centre and city centre are just minutes away, while Crown Entertainment Complex and the Southbank Promenade are a little further on foot.
The hotel is in the heart of Melbourne's eclectic culinary scene, but when the couch is calling, self-contained apartments offer all the comforts of home including separate living areas and kitchen facilities. Alternatively, you can choose to dine at Queen Street Rescue, a casual venue serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne features five conference rooms which can be configured for boardroom meetings, cocktail settings and up to 200 delegates in a theatre-style set-up.
Also onsite is an indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre.
Art Series – The Cullen
Another Art Series masterpiece, The Cullen enjoys a desirable Prahran location off shopping mecca, Chapel Street.
Like The Blackman, The Cullen is daring and unique, cutting-edge and contemporary, with lashings of artworks from Australian painter Adam Cullen.
Alongside signature bedding, bespoke furnishings and Cullen pieces in each suite, you can expect views across Melbourne city and kitchenette facilities for those who prefer to self-cater.
Smart car hire (by the hour or day) is a practical extra for zipping around town to meetings, as is electric scooter or vintage bicycle rental.
The Cullen features three unique meeting and event spaces to facilitate out-of-the-box thinking. Dare to be different in the Lady Luck or Growler Penthouses, or book your next conference or event at the coveted Cullen Rooftop.
Underground parking, a state-of-the-art gym, hair salon and two restaurants – slice of New York, Gramercy Bistro and charming Hutong Peking Duck & Dumpling – round out the facilities.
As a SmartSTAY hotel, guests who book through their FCBT Travel Managers will enjoy exclusive access to complimentary WiFi access, a 10 per cent discount off the best available room rate at the time of booking and a complimentary room upgrade (where available) on a stay of three nights or more.
Oaks on Market
Convenient and contemporary, the self-contained apartments of Oaks on Market are perfectly suited to the business traveller; Rialto Towers, Crown Entertainment Precinct and the Melbourne Stock Exchange are only a short walk away.
Guests have the choice of 280 contemporary and air-conditioned rooms. Studios are compact, yet comfortable with kitchenette facilities, while one- and two-bedroom apartments offer the luxury of separate bedrooms, living areas and full kitchens.
If self-catering isn't your style, you can choose from two onsite restaurants: Alexi's on Market and R2 Restaurant & Bar.
The hotel is complemented by three high-tech functions rooms with room for up to 250 attendees, and leisure facilities include a fitness centre that overlooks the hotel's indoor lap pool, sauna and spa.
Crown Metropol Melbourne
Crown Metropol Melbourne sets the standard by which luxury is measured.
Unmistakeably modern, you can count the rooms here as some of the most dazzling and impressive in the city. Think space, comfort and all the latest mod-cons in your own private sanctuary.
Venture up to 28 Skybar Lounge for jaw dropping views alongside some cheeky post-work cocktails, or bliss out in the pool or on a massage bed at the Isika Spa.
The hotel is opposite the lavish and bustling Crown Entertainment Complex and its assortment of retail and dining. Culinary gems here are second to none, including the hotel's signature restaurant, Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar.
Crown Metropol's business zone provides a contemporary space in which to conduct morning meetings or simply work uninterrupted. Four meeting rooms can hold up to 50 guests each, and for large gatherings, the adjacent Crown Conference Centre can cater for up to 840 delegates.
Image credits: The Blackman/The Langham, Melbourne/Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne/The Cullen/Oaks on Market/Crown Metropol Melbourne