The Langham, Melbourne
What We Love
- Conservatory pool and outdoor hot tub have cityscape views
- The lobby emulates the entry of a Victorian mansion
- Glass-walled Melba restaurant offers exquisite meals on the Podium Level
- 24-hour “service stylists” (personal concierges)
- Langham Club on the 24th floor offers cozy seating with wide views
What To Know
- A quiet and soothing vibe
- Located just across a footbridge from downtown
- Dinner at Melba is a bit pricey (but well worth it); reserve a table early
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Entering the Langham is like stepping into a Merchant & Ivory film. The bellmen wear bowler hats and gray woolen coats. The multi-tiered lobby has twin curving staircases, and marble and wood gleam under the Waterford chandelier. Built in 1992, the hotel has Art Deco–ish architecture, combined with a subdued palette of cream and hints of pale pink. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of the river and downtown, where one can watch the cacophony of trains, taxis, horses and buggies, trams and the occasional helicopter pass by. Ferries, kayaks, and rowers traverse the river, while pedestrians and cyclists frequent the quiet riverbank paths. The 388 ample rooms and common areas have thoughtful touches, like “child beds” complete with their own teddy bear and spa bath with bath bombs and salts. Chocolate, champagne, and pink orchids abound; most guests indulge in the chocolate bar at high tea or the chocolate fountain at the on-site restaurant, Melba—or both. “Service stylists” take care of laundry, make reservations, answer questions and arrange indulgences.
In the Area
There’s lots to do nearby. Lined with cafés, art and historical exhibits, and bars, the route from the Crown Casino to Birrarung Mar waterside park is well worth a walk. There’s usually an outdoor festival happening in Federation Square, and an exhibit of Aboriginal art is on permanent display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. But it’s possible to get anywhere in Melbourne by hopping on a tram and anywhere in the state of Victoria by catching a train at the century-old, ochre-colored Flinders Street Station (a short stroll from the Langham).
How to Get There
I guess the decision to stay here will come down to whether you prefer the classic style or the modern style. It would seem Melbourne has heaps of modern hotels, which is expected, but we had to really hunt around for a hotel with a bit more classic elegance. Eventually we found it, in the langham. And we were not disappointed. They hit every spot. Make sure you take the breakfast or dinner buffet. Wow!
Best hotel in Melbourne. Clean and beautiful rooms. Great breakfast. Gym and sauna amazing. I always try to stay here. Bed is extremely comfortable. The whole hotel has a beautiful scent and great location.
An enjoyable stay for a special occasion and the hotel & staff were perfect. Food great in Melba service a bit slow but it was a busy night & we were not in a hurry. Breakfast a feast with great people watching as the other half trudge & bike to work. Take your time & enjoy