It has been five years since I have been in the very country I was born in, Australia. So I was so excited to arrive in Melbourne from a month on a very cold late evening. I had just flown in from Sri Lanka. Travelling always can be exhausting, so when I was greeted by staff running towards me to assist both me and my children, I knew that Adelphi was going to be a great way to kick off the journey for me down under. It is the first hotel MenStyleFashion will review and experience in Australia which is why it makes it very special for me.
I grew up in Orbost rural Australia which is a 4-hour drive east of Melbourne and visiting the big smoke was always a very special treat for me. I have seen this fabulous city change over the years. What was brilliant about my stay at Adelphi, is its central location to the city centre or as commonly described in Australia the CBD. For those visiting Melbourne for the first time, Adelphi hotel is perfectly situated to explore one of the leading cities in Australia.
I was greeted by a metal horse called Nevil, at the reception which was very unique indeed. I was immediately drawn to the huge Jellybean jar, which I could not keep my fingers from the jellybean jar every time I passed reception. The overall feel to the reception area had a mystic and vintage feel to it. It was a great area to observe the locals going to work. One of my favourite experiences was the swinging chairs within the breakfast and dining area. It was from these chairs that I chose to take a peek at what was trending in Melbourne for menswear fashion.
Dining Om Nom
Most airline food does not impress me much so it was great to try out the in house dining at Om Nom. The wine and food selection here was very unique to the hotel and I noticed a lot of outsiders also opted to dine here which is always a great sign. Overall the food was presented to a very high standard and I can clearly see that the chef is adventurous both in creativity and servings. The crispy chicken, gnocchi and rib steak were delicious.
I opted for the following to understand and experience the diversity the hotel has to offer.
Cocktails, Mocktails And Dreams
There are many drinking options to explore on the cocktail menu here. One of my favourites was the mocktail below which was an MSF exclusive. It will be on the menu soon and I will say that you have to try it. My tip is to make sure you reserve a table because this restaurant gets full very fast.
Flinders King Room
I am a huge advocate of listed and historical buildings and it was so nice to walk into what I would describe as an art deco interior suite. The 45m2 room room was spacious and the bed was so big and comfortable that I did not want to get out. It was perfect getting over that nasty jet lag of mine.
The quality of the furniture was excellent and I loved the corners windows looking out to the city centre. The complimentary mini bar and food in the glass bowel is not common at all and was brilliant when one has jet lag. I could top it up anytime I wanted. The free WIFI was fast and the unlimited latest release movies on the 42 inch Hi Definition flat screen TV and local phone calls was brilliant thanks to jet lag which woke me up in the middle of the night.
The corner room overlooking Flinders Lane was fabulous and I loved that I had plenty of natural light. The Lavazza Amodo Mio coffee machine with T-Bar tea making facilities, writing desk with power hub recharging stations, couch, coffee table, safe, iron & ironing board and plenty of cupboard space completed the room. The room was the perfect hosting environment for my friends dropping by for a quick chat.
Stainless Steel Bathroom
I have never seen anything like this bathroom in a hotel and this is very Australian. It brought back many memories and it was so much fun to be part of. The large ventilated bathroom with separate bath & walk-in shower, double vanities and hairdryer were great.
The bathroom toiletries are made in Australia and were lovely to use. The Adelphi hotel kept topping them up without me asking which was very generous.
To have a public parking garage literally next door to the hotel was a huge bonus for both my family and my friends. The hotel gifts you a card which for 24 hours is a mere AU$16 to park your vehicle. On this occasion it came in very handy when Jaguar Australia, dropped off the fully loaded F-PACE 3.0l diesel, to continue my luxury stay in Australia.
I really enjoyed heading up to the rooftop of the Adelphi hotel and taking in Melbourne and smiling knowing that after five years it is still one of my favourite cities in the world. The Adelphi hotel which was built in 1938 with only 34 hotel rooms has that small and intimate feel, its location is perfect in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Thank you to the very lovely staff who went the extra mile to make sure I had anything and everything I needed, to make my stay a comfortable one, even in the very early hours of the morning when I asked for an international adapter. For me, my stay at the Adelphi hotel was the perfect home coming.
- Website: www.adelphi.com.au
- Address: 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Phone: +61 3 8080 8888