– The Hotel –
In 1865, the first Langham Hotel opened in London, followed by it’s expansion into other regions such as Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. The Langham Hotel in Melbourne is a 5-star luxury hotel, complete with 387 rooms and suites. Situated in Southbank, Melbourne this prime property overlooks the Yarra River and is only a stone throw away from Flinder’s Street Station, Eureka Tower, Bourke Street shopping precinct and the National Gallery of Victoria (just to name a few!).
The Langham Melbourne was voted the number one hotel in Melbourne in 2013 by TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why. The Langham brand is synonymous with elegance, playful charm and class. It’s famous for its’ grand marble entrance embellished with opulent chandeliers and beautiful water fountains. It’s classic style can be summed up as renaissance chic for everyone including the smallest of princesses (and princes).
A couple of weekend’s ago, I flew down to Melbourne with my mother for a quick trip to visit the Dior Exhibition at the NGV. We were lucky enough to stay at the Langham during one of Melbourne’s busiest weekends and even managed to squeeze in a little shopping and The Langham’s Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood – they had one spot left for us it seemed. If we had more time (sigh*), I would have loved to indulge in the Langham’s very own CHAUN spa, also voted as one of Melbourne best. There’s also a great indoor swimming pool and fitness center which sadly, we didn’t get a chance to see.
– The Room –
I booked the Superior twin room, which came with two double Signature Langham Blissful Beds. What can I say, OH my goodness – this is by far the comfiest bed I have ever slept on!! Although we only stayed for one night, it was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a very long time, thanks to exams plus full time
stress work. All the furniture is handmade and there’s a neat minibar just in case you’re feeling peckish. The marble bathroom is also spacious, with a bathtub and shower including CHAUN spa amenities.
We were located on 19th floor and it was a delight to draw open the curtains early on Sunday morning. Melbourne’s unpredictable weather gave us sunshine, and the room was instantly flooded with light which created the perfect setting to snap some photo’s of our Melbourne shopping frenzy.
I picked up this cute dress from Seed when I was at the airport waiting on standby (i.e. more stress) love the khaki colour. My mother found this sensible practical coach bag in a nice maroon when we were wandering around DJ’s that afternoon.
I also spotted these skincare wipes from Comodynes, a popular Spanish skincare label. I was given a sample and super impressed so voila! here they are now in bulk supply.
– Breakfast at Melba –
We had breakfast included in our stay. I’ve always been a skeptic of hotel buffet breakfasts, mainly because I don’t like the idea of waking up early on holidays to do anything – but this was worth waking up for. The selection of food was incredible and included a bakery, fresh juice station, hot options (eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes… all my favorites) and more continental options that you could poke a stick at, cue cheese platter and cold meats. There was even a dedicated station where you could have your eggs cooked to your liking.
Beverages included everything from freshly made mango and strawberry smoothies, juices and made to order freshly brewed tea and coffee. With all these options, the hardest part was deciding what to eat and drink, especially when I spotted the chocolate fondue fountain, although it was much too early.
Mini tabasco never looked so cute!
– The Langham’s Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood –
If the brekkie spread wasn’t enough of a reason to select the Langham next time, let me convince you with their Afternoon tea. A trip to the Langham would simply not be complete without indulging in their carefully curated and delicious high tea menu. On weekdays the menu is a little more special with added chocolate sweet treats including, Valrhona dulcey pannacotta, Dulcey chocolate tart and Dark chocolate cream éclair just to name a few!
All the treats are served on bespoke custom Wedgewood cutlery and crockery, and there is a gorgeous selection of teas (and coffee, if you nee a caffeine hit). We selected English Apple and Peach with Flowers. The English Apple was a little two sweet for me, but the our second choice, Peach with Flowers was sublime.
We also opted for a glass of sparkling wine which paired well with the savory selection. The savories were served on a 3-tiered stand arranged with ribbon sandwiches, two types of scones – choc chip and original and an aromatic chicken, orange blossom and thyme in puff pastry pies. Personally I’m more a savory person and best thing about all of this – the sandwiches are sans crust – winning. Also, my free advice to you… leave the scones till last. Whilst delicious they are incredibly filling, especially when stacked with the strawberry and rose preserve and double clotted cream.
yummy tower of treats!
Lichu Éclair – Choux Pastry with Lichu chocolate cremeux
St. Germaine – Galaxy glaze, flourless chocolate cake and dark chocolate mousse
Dulcey & Exotic Marmalade Pannacotta – Valrhona dulcey pannacotta, almond streusel, passionfruit and banana marmalade
There’s a choice of sparkling wine or tropical mocktail if you prefer
If you’re still hungry, they come around with another plate of sandwiches
Classic buttermilk scones, topped with strawberry and rose petal preserve, lemon curd and clotted cream
Chocolate fondue erryday!
Even the healthy fruit after all that chocolate, get’s a mention.