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Melbourne’s new hotel offers a touch of class

One of Melbourne’s newest hotels, voco Melbourne Central, is located in the heart of the city and has introduced a host of eco-friendly features.

Part of Melbourne’s new 380 skyscraper, it is the fourth voco hotel to open in Australia following Gold Coast (2018), Hunter Valley (2019) and Brisbane earlier this year.

While the hotel’s address is 374 Lonsdale Street off Elizabeth Street, the entrance is through a lane off Timothy Lane. Guests check in on the sixth floor to a spacious lobby — called the Sky Lobby — that’s decorated with quirky bird-themed art.

The public spaces are dotted with plants, the result of a partnership with local ecological garden specialist Fytogreen.

All of the hotel’s 252 rooms offer stunning city views and one feature that will delight guests seeking fresh air: the windows can be opened!

There is free wifi and the rooms benefit from a modern design, king-size bed, smart TV and spectacular views from every room, even when taking a shower.

Have you ever arrived at your hotel and found you left your toothbrush at home? voco Melbourne Central is prepared for most eventualities and has items such as nail files, toothbrushes and shaving cream available free of charge from reception if you have forgotten yours.

Instead of providing guests with plastic drink bottles, you help yourself to a free bottle of still or sparkling water available from a bar fridge near reception.

The hotel has a rooftop plunge pool and gym with city views.

The main restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Tuesday through Saturday), is Blacksmith Brasserie run by South Korean executive chef Ian Lee.

Set in a bright space with seven meter high ceilings, there is plenty of indoor seating as well as an outdoor dining area which will be popular during the summer.

Tucked away nearby is the bar, one of the hotel’s popular hubs overlooking the pool deck with an extensive cocktail menu, wine list and range of local beers.

voco Melbourne Central has been keen to support local suppliers, from menu ingredients to artwork for public areas and china mugs in guest rooms.

The hotel is located near CBD shopping malls including Myer, Emporium, Melbourne Central and Bourke Street Mall, as well as popular lanes for casual dining.

voco Melbourne Central is part of the IHG group of hotels.

For more information, visit vocohotels.com/Melbourne

FBI Travel shortlisted for national award

Melbourne travel agency FBI Travel is a finalist in this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in the Most Outstanding Travel Agency – Leisure category.

He is one of five finalists vying for the award, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on October 15.

The NTIA is managed by the Federation of Australian Travel Agents and recognizes and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry.

FBI Travel said in a statement, “We are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the incredible work the team has done over the past few years, especially during the COVID-19 border closures to repatriate thousands of fellow Australians who were isolated and stuck. around the world who desperately need to return home to their loved ones.

“Despite constant setbacks, the team remained motivated to keep trying for every person (mostly foreigners) who asked for help, using their skills and years of industry experience to guide and help. people to return to our shores.”

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