As one of the most innovative cities in the world in terms of design, it’s no surprise that Melbourne boasts numerous hotels situated across its sprawling metropolis, each of which offers visitors plenty of inspiration when it comes to furniture and interiors - no matter the style. So, take a look at seven Melbourne hotels, complete with guest rooms, lounges, lobbies, restaurants, meeting spaces and spas that will make you want to transform your work and home into places that seem like luxurious getaways every day.
Hotel meeting and conference rooms can provide inspiration for both home offices and traditional work spaces. At Melbourne’s Langham Hotel, which overlooks the Yarra River and city skyline, business-minded visitors will find furniture with clean lines rendered in luxurious materials in a combination that comes together to create conference spaces that are anything but cold.
To echo some of those same ideas, try surrounding a conference table with multifunctional pieces like Minollo Leather Armchairs or Manhattan Upholstered Dining Chairs that can do double duty at home or in offices when you need to rearrange eating and meeting spaces to suit a wide variety of needs.
The Hotel Lindrum is a boutique hotel with 59 rooms that gives visitors the feeling they are guests at Jay Gatsby’s estate at the height of the Jazz age with features like a billiard room and furniture in the style of the 1920s.
If you love the Art Deco feel of the screens used throughout several common spaces in the Hotel Lindrum, including its Back Bar, consider the Carraway Buffet that offers stylish storage behind geometric detailing and antiqued mirror door fronts. Pair it with a well-worn chess set atop a Vittoria Rectangular Coffee Table that invites guests to pull up a chair and challenge one another to a game or two between cocktails.
The Cullen in Prahran showcases the works of Australian contemporary artist Adam Cullen. Much of the furniture pieces in its guest rooms are a stark black and white study in simplicity to keep your eyes focused on the original art and prints that adorn the walls.
To mimic the museum-like style of The Cullen and showcase your own collections at home, consider pieces like my Ryder Coffee Table or the Milan Rectangular Coffee Table. Both are all about clean lines and black or white, but feature profiles distinctive enough to hold their own in a room full of art without distracting from it.
If classic luxury is more to your liking, look no further than The Hotel Windsor, which opened its doors in 1883. Today, the grand hotel features 180 rooms and suites and a wide array of amenities. In keeping with that history, its design and décor relies on timeless and sumptuous styling that is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago.
Home to both a luxurious spa and a well-appointed champagne bar, The Lyall offers something to fit every mood. With original artwork by local artist Thierry B, each level of the Lyall has its own mini gallery complete with open fireplaces and oversized armchairs. Indeed, armchairs throughout the hotel’s common areas and in its all-suite guest rooms are grouped the create comfortable nooks that are perfect for intimate conversation or solitary sessions spent reading, relaxing, or admiring the artworks.
The Clementine High Back Sitting Chair or the Cadence Occasional Chair are just a couple of options you could use to replicate the feel of what the hotel calls its “contemporary Oriental” interior design style while suiting your own space and needs.
The Melbourne Sofitel’s common areas features furniture grouped in unique ways that allow guests and hotel staff to move, mix, and match pieces to maximise comfort and conversation. For example, in the lobby bar, individual occasional and arm chairs take the place of some sofas, but can be grouped to comfortably seat a crowd. In its club room, a circular seating area surrounds a distinctive free-standing fireplace and overlooks the city skyline.
You could use the curved lines of the Washington Tufted Sofa paired with a few coordinating chairs to create the same sort of conversational circle at home, although the same stunning outdoor view might be difficult to imitate.
About an hour’s drive from Melbourne, you’ll find the historic Chateau Yering Hotel in an 1854 mansion in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The Chateau Yering was transformed into a country house-style hotel in 1990s, but retains its historic charm. According to the hotel’s website, its interior designer and co-owner Elly Milner aimed to create an “ambience reflective of a more elegant time balanced with the requirements of a modern and efficient five-star hotel” through lighting colours and textures that are both subdue and sumptuous.
You can create the same feel at home with pieces like the Baroque Rounded Back Sofa, which echoes classic French styling but maintains a decidedly modern mood or the Hamptons Reading Library Chair, with intricate detailing including nailhead trim and a hand carved timber base that evokes the craftsmanship of an earlier era.
So, whether you favour sleek modern styling or old-world charm, the next time you’re on a vacation or business trip, take the time to look for design and decorating inspiration wherever you check in for the night. If Melbourne’s hotels are any indication, you and I could take a few cues from innovative hotel interiors around Australia as we revamp our own workspaces and homes into getaways that make every day feel like an all-expenses-paid business trip or, better yet, a luxury vacation that entails an extended stay.Where are some of your favourite hotels where great design and décor help make you want to keep coming back again and again? Share your thoughts with me below: