Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
What We Love
- Panoramic vistas from guest rooms, restaurant and gym
- Sleep comes easy thanks to very comfortable beds and pillow menus
- Dinner with a gorgeous view at No35 restaurant
What To Know
- A large modern hotel popular with corporate set and special occasions
- Despite 5 star luxuries, there is no in-house salon, spa or pool (although room treatments are available)
- Occupies the top 15 floors of a high rise tower within an office and retail complex
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Tree-lined Collins Street sits at the centre of Melbourne, and the modern Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, located at the prestigious ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street, provides the perfect home base surrounded by galleries and gardens, architectural masterpieces and the city’s finest attractions.
Bed and Bath
The 363 guest rooms and suites are decorated in rich cream palettes and feature floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of the city. Uber-comfortable beds are complimented by a pillow menu and bedside mood lighting control. Marble bathrooms featured luxe French products from Roger & Gallet.
Sofi’s Lounge offers tea and snacks all day, as well as a high tea service starting at 2:30pm. Breakfast buffets are presented at No35 restaurant with floor to ceiling views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay, and also offers a modern Australian menu for dinner. Pre-dinner drinks are a must in the Atrium Bar on 35 under a fifteen-floor mirrored canopy.
In the Area
From the Paris end of Melbourne’s main tree-lined boulevard, Collins Street, you’re well placed to explore the city’s riches – elegant buildings, churches, theatres, gardens, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and more. Try one of city’s hot no-bookings restaurants, Mamasita for Mexican taqueria, Melbourne style. While global luxury brands with flagship stores and exclusive jewelers adorn Collins Street, slip onto Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street for quirky boutiques and sophisticated local designers, like Scanlan and Theodore. Collins Quarter bar and restaurant is the unofficial barometer of the city’s financial health. If it’s pumping, so is the economy.
How to Get There
Spent many hours deciding where to stay, as I'd never been to Melbourne. Reviewed numeros online reviews, maps, etc and finally selected the Sofitel. It was the perfect choice for me and I could not have selected a better place to call home during my 8-9 days in Melbourne. Guest Relations Manager Terence Murphy is to be highly commended for his wonderful hospitality, sending champagne and goodies to welcome us, Thank you Terence! Numerous times during our stay he went out of his way to make us feel welcomed. Because this was a late May/early June stay, and it was Winter, the weather was cold and rainy. This made the Sofitel even a more perfect spot, as it is centered in a large mall where I could go downstairs to a nice food court or shop for clothing, see a movie. It is on the main luxury shopping street and right next door to Zegna, close to Gucci etc. The finest restaurants and fun graffiti alleys are steps away. Walking distance to the amazing Victoria Museum as well. Given that another family member stayed at a different hotel at the other end of Collins, I was so happy with my choice of the Sofitel after seeing the other hotel. I was comfortable and at home, enjoyed the hospitality and kindness of all the staff very much. Everyone was well trained and polite from the housekeeper to the concierges to the front desk. The only downside is that it is a slightly older hotel, and while everything functioned perfectly and I had no noise, the overall decor look might slightly dated to some luxury travelers. I would definitely stay here again next time I am in Melbourne. The beds were comfy and the room was in a quiet location on a high floor overlooking the river. A truly luxurious experience!
Disappointing, having stayed many time, the hotel is obviously cutting costs, and it makes for a very mediocre stay- not five stars. Room service is poor, no attention to detail. The club lounge is suffering- it uses to be great, often king prawns, oysters and nice hot food- since the appointment of the new club lounge chef the food is terrible. Busy staff serve you small amounts of hot food ( not self serve any more) -' have a greasy spring roll- but only one as we are portion controlling'. Micro prawns- 0.5 cm long ( they looked like the dehydrated type) with some lettuce- voila a prawn cocktail. I have never had such bad club lounge food at a Sofitel. Please restore to previous standard OR reduce your room price to reflect the poor quality , and Ill go to the local RSL, where at least I will get a decent prawn cocktail.
Didn't have a positive stay. First night was a disaster due to functions being held and the noise carrying into room until early morning. My daughter and I were asked to leave the bar because she had a small pack of chips from outside source. Coffee never arrived at breakfast. Lacklustre to say the least. Probably not stay at sofitel Melb again after this experience and I am a le club member.