Shop ’Til You Flop At Melbourne’s Stylish Hotel Chadstone
Two restaurants, a holistic wellness retreat and a pool overlooking the city are just the start of what’s on offer at Melbourne’s Hotel Chadstone.
The five-star property, part of the MGallery by Sofitel brand, opened in November 2019.
Connected to the largest shopping precinct in the southern hemisphere, Chadstone, it’s been tailored to guests looking to unwind after a long day of shopping. But the hotel is equally suited to business travellers too.
Guest rooms have been impeccably designed. With haute couture being a priority in the design, the hotel reflects plenty of warm tones and soft edges. Think dusty pinks with bold splashes of team and grey. Elegant brass, bold leather fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows complete the scene.
Rooms also feature energy-efficient intelligent lighting so there’s no squinting for the light switch in the middle of the night – just climb out of bed and nightlights will illuminate your way.
A locally-inspired minibar is packed with sweats, treats and handy items including a stylish Hotel Chadstone tote bag (handy for a shopping excursion), Appelles amenities, USB charging ports, Nespresso coffee pods and more.
The dual, adjacent penthouses suites are spacious with plenty of living, bedroom and dining space as well as a dressing room and a large, private balcony.
Guests are spoiled for choice with drinking and dining options. On the rooftop, Altus Rooftop Lounge and Dining offers a sky-high champagne and wine bar as well as a dining area with floor to ceiling windows looking out at Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.
Head Chef Deepak Mishra’s designed a seasonal menu featuring the best from local producers and weekend high tea is also available.
The high tea experience starts with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé and then sees you dining on indulgent sweets and savouries. A selection of TWG loose leaf teas or coffee by Padre is also on offer. As is a free-flowing Champagne high tea package, which is certain to become popular for celebrations and post-shopping spree treats.
Fortunately for Melbourne locals or those staying elsewhere, Altus is open to the public and open every day until late.
Ground-level fine dining restaurant Pastore is the newest venue for the celebrated chef Scott Pickett. Referred to as a hybrid of his other restaurants Matilda and Lupo, Pastore, with its Italian meets Australian cuisine, also showcases Pickett’s love of woodfire cooking.
The interior reflects much of the look of the hotel with dusty pink tones, brass, stone, glass and timber fixtures, and offers a great spot for all-day dining with some smaller private dining rooms available too.
Pastore, the Italian word for ‘shepherd’, honours the area’s heritage as a pasture and orchard and the menu here reflects Melbourne’s love of fresh, local quality produce.
From small plates to full tasting experiences, the menu by Pickett and Pastore Head Chef Mirco Speri (Thirty Eight Chairs) shows Italian cuisine with Australian references, with a focus on woodfire-fuelled cooking and handmade pasta.
“The doors are open and the fires are on,” says Chef Pickett. “Our team has been working really hard and I’m very proud of what we’re putting up. It’s a privilege for us to be working within this luxury environment.”
And if you’re staying in the hotel solo, there’s no need to miss out. Hotel guests can order from Pastore menu’s within the comfort of their own rooms. ‘A taste of Pastore’ provides a selection of restaurant signatures delivered straight to your door.
The shopping and spa
It’d be a shame to stay and not indulge in a bit of retail therapy so take the interconnecting pathway to The Fashion Capital where 550 retailers and more than 90 food outlets await. The centre is also home to a Hoyts cinema and Australia’s first LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, perfect for those travelling with families.
But for those looking to really splurge, head to Chadstone’s luxury level. There you’ll find virtually every designer label you can imagine. From Tiffany & Co to Paspaley, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, the list goes on (and on).
After a full shopping and dining itinerary, guests can also unwind in the Holism Retreat. Offering a variety of wellness treatments including specialty treatments such as infrared yoga and guided meditation massage, it’s the perfect spot to tune out.
Feeling tired? The light therapy lounge is a great place to get over jet-lag and boost collagen production in your skin. Yoga classes are also available. As is an indoor rooftop pool, poolside dining and private cabanas looking out over the Melbourne city skyline.
For those not staying in the hotel or those after a group spa day, half-day visit packages and group packages can be booked.
Shopaholics will love everything about Hotel Chadstone so if you’re going to really treat yourself, pack your bags and enjoy.
(All images: Hotel Chadstone Melbourne / supplied)
Published 14 January, 2020