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Tuesday 22 September 2015

The Langham: a very special place to stay in Melbourne

I love a five-star hotel that looks and feels like a five-star hotel. A doorman to greet you as you arrive in a cab; someone who offers to carry your bags; no line at check-in and a large, comfortable room. The Langham, Melbourne, ticks all these boxes and more. 

I only spent one night at The Langham but it was a rare treat. The bed was ultra-comfortable, the wifi free and fast, and room service quick to deliver one of the finest club sandwiches on the planet, along with chips that were crisp and hot. 

The entrance and lobby here are grand. There is a pink London taxi in the driveway and the views of the Yarra River and Melbourne skyline are spectacular. 

And you can't beat the setting. The Langham is on the Southbank, right next to Melbourne's arts and leisure district. There are dozens of restaurants and cafes within strolling distance, along with the casino, should you feel so inclined. 

The hotel was awarded four accolades at the 2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards for Excellence, including for its Melba restaurant and the Aria Bar & Lounge, which is known for its afternoon teas.

The 25-floor hotel has 388 rooms including 126 river view rooms, 57 executive club rooms,  six balcony rooms with private balconies, seven terrace rooms with giant private balconies, 11 suites and one Presidential Suite. 

Despite this, it somehow manages to have a boutique feel and the hotel has been regularly rated No. 1 in Melbourne by TripAdvisor

There is an award-winning spa, swimming pool, business centre, fitness studio and all the other luxuries you'd expect of a hotel of the Langham's standing. 

Try to book into a room with access to the Langham Club Lounge on the 24th floor. It serves a deluxe continental breakfast, all-day tea, coffee and pastries as well as traditional afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres. 

To be fair, The Langham is not bargain basement cheap, although you can get advance purchase room deals for around $250 a night, which is more than fair. 

But a glass of (very good Chablis) in Aria Bar set me back $19, albeit accompanied by some fresh and tasty nibbles, while the aforementioned club sandwich was $27 plus delivery charge.

Complaints are hard to think of other than that many of the power points are so close to the floor as to be completely useless and you need a science degree to work out how to switch the lights on and off in the room. Oh, and my promised morning paper never arrived.

Everything else was pretty much hunky dory, however, and I slept brilliantly. It takes a lot to impress me, but consider me impressed.  

The Langham, Melbourne,  1 Southgate Ave, Southbank, Melbourne 3006
03 8696 8888.

# The writer was a guest of the Langham, Melbourne 


  1. Well, the roofdeck swimming pool certainly looks divine! :)

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