Hotels don’t come much hipper than The Blackman, located on St Kilda Road, a tree-lined artery and gateway to many of the best landmarks, parks and museums Melbourne has to offer. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman overlooks Port Phillip Bay. Popular beaches and swimming spots are within easy reach, including St Kilda’s with its lively promenade, pier and fantastic sunsets.
Despite being in a pulsating city such as Melbourne, there is still plenty of opportunity to swing a club. The Blackman sits alongside the 225-hectare Albert Park with its beautiful lake and handily located golf course. Tee off across 18 holes, or practise your technique on the driving range. Just be careful not to hit any of the passing pelicans or herons that like to nip in and out of the water.
Made up of stylish suites and penthouses, all rooms here come with a private balcony and designer furnishings in bright but tasteful colours. Figurative prints, contemporary furniture and lighting, and an abundance of natural light give these rooms an artsy yet homely appeal. Art Series Signature Beds ensure a restful night’s sleep, while the technological trappings include 42-inch flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and high-spec kitchenettes.
Smart cars and bicycles are available to hire making it easy to get around, but you may want to spend a while perusing the array of works strewn around the hotel by celebrated Australian artist Charles Blackman. World-class Melbourne Arts Centre , RMIT Gallery and Gould Galleries are all noted institutions nearby, and for something less cerebral the Queen Victoria Market is a little slice of the 19th century where deli products and market stalls make for a unique cultural melting pot.
By day, pop into Fleur downstairs for fantastic French patisseries, light seasonal dishes and fresh coffee that draws everyone from locals to office workers. By night, head to Classico, which dishes up timeless Italian fare with rich sauces and fresh flavours. Dangling hams and salamis are carved to order at the antipasti bar, while the aroma of Neopolitan stone-baked pizzas and delicious egg pasta wafts from the kitchen. An architect-designed interior with walnut panels and marble bar tops creates an authentic Italian look.
452 St Kilda RoadMelbourne VIC3000