Citadines Shows Off Her Newest And Largest Member
Citadines Melbourne on Bourke is a true celebration of Melbourne’s laneway culture, arts and vibrant lifestyle
Issue: Oct 2010
Citadines Melbourne on Bourke, situated right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, makes it an ideal location for those visiting Melbourne either for business or pleasure
Nestled amidst Melbourne’s famous laneways is the newest and largest Citadines in the world, Citadines Melbourne on Bourke.
Opened only in July this year, this 25-storey jumbo Apart’hotel houses 380 fully-equipped apartments comprising a combination of studio, one and two-bedroom residences.
Enviably the only new property up the Paris end of the Melbourne CBD, guests can soak in the elegant European ambience, evidenced in the Victorian architecture, whilst shopping and strolling down the leafy boulevards.
Melbourne’s delightful laneways are a veritable treasure trove of charming restaurants, tiny cafes, one-off boutiques, unique galleries and hidden bars, enticing one into a lazy afternoon of exploration and relaxation.
“The design of Citadines Melbourne on Bourke celebrates the Melbourne laneway phenomenon. Featuring a double entry, each measuring no wider than three metres, they seemingly carry footpath from both Little Collins Street and Bourke Street, inviting guests into the cosy and relaxed interior of the property,” shares Allison Englebretsen, General Manager of Citadines Melbourne on Bourke.
Along with Melbourne’s distinctive laneway culture, there lies a deeply-established love for the fine arts. It is no surprise then that stunning artworks by famous Australian artists, the likes of Freddie Timms and Abie Loy Kemarre, adorn the walls of the lobby and the apartments.
Warm, neutral tones, punctuated with bright colour splashes make the lobby an inviting area for guests to lounge
Chic city living makes its mark with guests
The play of warm, neutral colours and materials against vibrant soft furnishings bring a sense of cool, urban chic to the apartments. The architect’s penchant for natural lighting means every unit boasts floor to ceiling windows, so you can have sweeping views of Melbourne’s city skyline and beyond.
Every apartment is cleverly designed to maximise space, from the unique kitchen design to the moveable features in the living room. Broadband Internet access along with a complete home entertainment system of cable TV, DVD, CD and iPod player are at your disposal. There are also a business corner with iMac, a well-fitted out gym, an indoor heated lap pool and sauna.
Just three months into its opening, Citadines Melbourne on Bourke has already received its fair share of compliments from recent guests who stayed at the Apart’hotel.
Floor to ceiling windows in every apartment brings warmth and life to the stylishly-designed interior
The modern, simple design with clever use of space plus excellent in-room amenities get the thumbs up from guests
“Excellent location, everything I wanted was in walking distance or a short tram ride away, the tram is right outside! I stayed for work but can’t wait to come back and stay with my husband and go to one of the amazing restaurants surrounding the property and have a night at the theatre. The rooms are well-equipped with everything you need. The bed is huge and all the facilities are new as the hotel opened in July. The staff was friendly and helpful, they made it so easy for me to get to all my meetings with their knowledge of Melbourne,” says Alicia Power.
Kassie Griffiths agrees, “Refreshing and vibrant! I’ve stayed at this property three times now and it really does feel like a home away from home, just with much better facilities. The gym , pool and sauna are perfect for my active lifestyle. The hotel is situated in a prime location, central to all that the Melbourne CBD has to offer. Great choice of restaurants all located in short strolling distance, or for those cold winter nights, I have the option to cook up a storm as each room offers extensive cooking facilities and utensils. The friendly staff are eager to greet me and it’s a nice personal touch that they remember my name.“
A swim in the indoor heated lap pool is just what you need to soothe those aches after a long day
Gym bunnies can still keep fit in this well-equipped gym whilst on a work trip or holiday
In sync with Melbourne
The team at Citadines Melbourne on Bourke can also pride themselves for helping their guests to stay in sync with the heartbeat of the city.
Check out www.citadines.com.au, an interactive and informative website specially created by the team at Citadines Melbourne on Bourke to help guests make the most of their visit in Melbourne.
An interactive website developed by the team at Citadines Melbourne on Bourke for guests to make the most out of the stay in Melbourne
What not to miss in Melbourne
Known for its refined taste in fashion, arts and culture, Melbourne is a charming and elegant city to visit any season of the year.
Begin your exploration of Melbourne by taking a short walk from Citadines Melbourne on Bourke to Federation Square or Fed Square as it is more affectionately known. Located on the edge of Yarra River, this stunning city square houses a mix of leading-edge galleries, cinemas, award-winning restaurants, cafes and bars, events and festivals and grand public spaces, surrounded by some of the most unique architecture in the world. If time permits, visit the unique galleries to learn more about Australia’s artistic and cultural history.
Melbourne is also an absolute shopping mecca. Your choices are endless, from high-street fashion, local Australian labels, factory outlets to artisan markets. Take your pick.
Meet at Federation Square, Melbourne’s favourite meeting place. Ever since this cultural and entertainment landmark was opened to the public, it has become a special gathering spot for Melburnians and visitors alike
Photo Credit: Adam. J.W.C.
Bourke Street Mall, within walking distance of the apart’hotel, is a pedestrian mall that is home to department store giants Myer, David Jones and Target as well as some independent specialty stores.
If your taste is more eclectic, venture a little further to Chapel Street for local Melburnian labels, Brunswick Street for boho chic, Bridge Street for bargains and artisan markets like South Bank Sunday Market and The Esplanade Market for unique home ware and arts and craft.
And when your feet are crying out for a break, hop into one of many charming cafes that are tucked away in the pretty laneways to recharge.
You could not ask for a better location with Citadines Melbourne on Bourke. Situated right in the heart of Melbourne CBD, it is within walking distance to award-winning restaurants, entertainment areas, shopping precincts and theatres, and of course the financial business centre. It is the perfect base for both business and leisure travellers.
Citadines Melbourne On Bourke
131 – 135 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9039 8888