Hotel review: The Langham, Melbourne
Signature checks into… The Langham, Melbourne
Traveller: Cathy Wagstaff
Address: 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
The Signature factor
Although it only opened in the city within the last 15 years, The Langham, Melbourne has received iconic status. Perhaps it’s the fact that it is the only five-star property in the CBD with terraces and balconies. Perhaps it’s the institution of Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood in Aria Bar & Lounge, an evolution begun at its sister hotel in London and Europe’s first Grand Hotel. Or perhaps it is simply that The Langham has distinguished itself on all levels with rose-coloured style.
The Langham exceeds my expectations from the moment I walk into the marble lobby, illuminated by crystal chandeliers and accentuated by a sweeping grand staircase. This is Old World grandeur without the stuffiness, finished with a bouquet of Langham Pink roses perfuming the air.
This sense of elegance and heritage continues in my room. The hotel features 375 rooms (12 of which boast balconies or terraces), 11 Club Spa Suites, The Apartment and the truly decadent 161sqm Presidential Suite. The use of colour is restrained, limited to accents in rich greens or reds, anchored with handcrafted wooden furniture. At its centre is the Langham Blissful Bed, a hotel signature that is a traveller’s delight no matter where you are in the world of Langham Hotels.
On my plate
As a guest staying in a Club Room, I make good use of complimentary access to the exclusive Club Lounge, perched at the top of the hotel on the 24th floor. In this refined oasis, I enjoy an impressive breakfast spread each morning, all-day tea, coffee and pastries, traditional afternoon tea, finishing with pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’œuvres. Add in the complimentary Wi-Fi, and a Club Room is worth the upgrade.
Another signature are the hotel’s Service Stylists, internal concierges jacketed in Langham Pink that organise my Chocolate Bar Afternoon Tea at Aria (an essential indulgence if visiting on Saturday or Sunday) and a detoxifying foot masque treatment at the onsite Chuan Spa. When it comes time to venture out beyond my rarefied cocoon, a trio of concierges is waiting to recommend the best that Melbourne has to offer.