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Hotel Chadstone hotel review

A chic and modern hotel in the perfect location for shopping lovers, just a two-minute stroll from Chadstone, the Fashion Capital. The hotel is elegantly timeless and offers a wellness centre, rooftop pool, gym, flexible event spaces and two restaurants meaning the only time you’ll want to leave is for the purpose of your wardrobe.

Traveller: Nicola McClean
Room: Deluxe Room
Address: 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148
Date: 17 February 2020
Best for: The ideal Melbourne accommodation choice for shopaholic and wellness travellers

The Signature factor

Waking up to don my plush robe, savouring a cup of T2 sencha green tea and opening the blinds to sweeping views of Melbourne’s Fashion Capital.

The concept

Hotel Chadstone opened its doors in November 2019. The $130-million project became the 11th MGallery Hotel in Australia, in good company with Hotel Lindrum Melbourne, Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney and others in Paris, Amsterdam, Bangkok and Vietnam.

Hotel Chadstone Melbourne aims to be a world-class destination for the 24 million people visiting Chadstone each year and is owned by the Gandel Group and Vicinity Centres. It’s perfect for a plush stay just minutes away from all the retail therapy your heart could desire.

The room

When entering the 28-square-metre Deluxe Room my eyes are magnetically drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows as they gracefully curve along the length of the wall offering breathtaking city views. I’m greeted with a hand-written welcome letter from the Hotel Chadstone team beside a delicately arranged plate of sweets almost too pretty to eat.

The soft pink velvet bed head and brass trimmings lighting the King Bed feel indulgently sophisticated and are further enhanced through motorised shut blinds and two brightness settings for the lighting. The standalone bathroom is brilliantly lit, ideal for makeup application ensuring the day starts on the right foot, plus has a separate section for both the toilet and the shower which is equipped with an overhead and a handheld option.

On my plate

The hotel boasts two restaurants on-site, both of which focus on Victorian produce and a farm-to-plate ethos.

For an indulgent feast for the body and eyes, head to level 12 for the rooftop bar. Indulge in a glass of award-winning champagne before transitioning to Altus for artisan dishes complemented by Melbourne’s skyline.

On the ground floor, Pastore by renowned celebrity chef Scott Pickett delivers modern Italian cuisine using the freshest local produce.

I wish I could take home…

The hotel’s Digital Detox Service is a great aid for switching off. The staff will store your devices – phones, tablets, laptops, etc – for as long as you would like to stay disconnected.

Spa life

Located on the hotel’s mezzanine level, Holism Day Spa is ideal if you are after more traditional treatments. Think massages, wraps and facials.

Staying in

Guests can further elevate the view from their rooms at the rooftop pool or bar. For those wishing to maintain their health and wellness routines, there is a wellness centre within the hotel with a holistic day spa and a gym. Other hotel offerings include 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, currency exchange, baggage storage, secure parking and a range of cleaning services.

Stepping out

A two-minute walk will take you to Australia’s largest shopping centre, home to more than 500 retail and food outlets, while a 30-minute Uber will have you at the airport. Central Melbourne is a 30-minute car ride away, the boutique cafes and restaurants of St Kilda just 15.

For those wishing to venture beyond the hotel for cuisine, an array of restaurants are a few hundred metres away including riverside bar Mr Pilgrim and two-Michelin-Star-Chef Chen Kentaro’s Yu Kitchen.

Celebrity sightings

Australian model and television presenter Rebecca Judd has stayed at Hotel Chadstone, while celebrity chef Scott Pickett runs the ground floor restaurant, Pastore.

Final verdict

Hotel Chadstone Melbourne personifies the region in which it ever-so-elegantly stands. The most stylish attention has been placed in every detail of the hotel and guests are made to feel at home but a home that not many get to experience. If you come to Melbourne for retail therapy, you have come to the right place.

Where to find Hotel Chadstone

The 12-storey, 250-room hotel has Chadstone Shopping Mall on its doorstep and is 20 kilometres from Melbourne CBD. Caulfield Racecourse is under four kilometres away, while Monash University’s Clayton Campus and Deakin University are a meagre five kilometres from the hotel.

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