“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.” ― Michael Simkins
Well, do you know there is a little Paris in Melbourne?
Paris is a place … where dreams come true and people are under a spell of love and happiness. It’s a place … where rest of the world wants to get a taste of the leading capital of art, fashion, culture and the French’s style on the “art de vivre” (aka the art of living). At the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street Melbourne is your fanatical hotspot for the ultimate French luxury experience. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Melbourne city, embodying a refreshing twist of the French lifestyle with stylish and elegant décor with modern furnishings using vintage-inspired patterns and black fixtures, golden-hued lighting and marble bathrooms. A place … where you can wander like the streets of Paris and become immersed with the essence of the French culture as the beautiful and architecturally designed masterpiece with floor-to-ceiling rooms reaches up to the skies like the Eiffel Tower. “Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.” ― Michael Simkins
Kurt waiting to check in at the lobby floor of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins ( photo above )
The luxury accommodation plays tribute to the historical great artists, creative minds and pop culture influencers of France with its loyalty to the arts and cultural events in Melbourne. Sofitel has become the hosting destination to some of Melbourne’s notorious events like the recent Grand Pix 2016 (a highlight in the calendar to catch a glimpse of the fabulous fashion and fast cars) and is conveniently close to major venues like Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, Royal Botanic Gardens and Federation Square. Don’t worry about having to plan ‘things to do’ during your stay. Stroll outside into the heart of Melbourne where you can take advantage of the serenity after hours on Collins Place (which is practically right across the hotel). Without even stepping out from Collins St, you can enjoy an entertainment fiesta with food, bars, or take the edge by sitting back at the big screens at Kimono Cinemas with a special someone or the company of no one but yourself could be just as satisfying! [Related Post: A Luxury Dining Experience With A View]
French food is not just about what you are eating. It’s about the art, the love, the feeling. Bon appetite! Get into the elevator and take yourself up to level 35 where you can enjoy delicious food and fine dining. With breathtaking views of the city and Port Phillip Bay, No 35 is a spacious restaurant designed with rich timbers, vibrant tones and contemporary artworks to cultivate into the stunning dinning atmosphere. For breakfast, De-light by Sofitel offers a wide selection of not only of alluring tastes but the menu lets you choose from well-proportioned and low-calorie meals. Using only the finest and freshest local produce to create rambunctious and captivating flavours, Chef de Cuisine Martin Horsley has been described to create” modern and eclectic” food with contemporary methods. While other hotels offer the basic orange or apple juice as a choice of beverage, Breakfast at Sofitel on Collins mix more exhilarating healthy flavours but not that you need any more reasons to be convinced that you are in paradise. Blogger’s Boyfriend is a fan of the delicious smoothies offered, with the choice of natural, low, fat free or Greek yogurt in addition to their exotically colourful (like an artist’s painting palette) fresh fruit and veggie beverages to remind that you are indeed, like Paris, in a place of beauty and dreams.
For one to live and be in the moment, one should indulge in afternoon tea and treats at the Club Sofitel Lounge with a large selection of canapes, appetizers and or your ritual coffee like a Parisian with great hospitality service and free Wi-Fi access. You can also enjoy and relax with delightful signature cosmopolitan cocktails or your glass of wine in the glamorous Atrium Bar On 35. When all is done, stir up a cup of coffee and be mesmerised by the sight out from the windows in your room as the light exposes you to the city of Melbourne, a place … of possibilities and adventure.
The world’s leading hotel operator, Accor Hotel Group offers great deals and special offers with their Le Club system allowing you to earn points for future reservations every time you stay in one of their hotel partners like Sofitel Melbourne.
There are way too many festivals, races and seasonal markets hold in Melbourne all year round, make sure you check your Melbourne Travel Guide Here before planning your trip.
Have you been to Melbourne ? and What is your favourite parts? And what do you love about french art, food, culture or lifestyle? Share with other travellers and comment below!
Art Direction : Bloggers Boyfriend
Photography : Karen Woo
Words : Nilushi Warusevitane