The one word that aptly summarises the current Melburnian group outlook is inarguably “uncertain”. The city’s most recent reopening, albeit slow and cautious, was interrupted by the announcement of a snap 5-day “precautionary” lockdown. “Oh, no, not this again!” Sound familiar? Once this irritation has run its course, many will likely be musing upon the opportunity of a getaway…again. No doubt, a healthy and nurturing home is truly a sacred space. If you live in such an environment, consider yourself extremely fortunate. Despite this, however, sometimes a change of scenery can be equally as healthy and nurturing, particularly if you – like most – have been overly familiar with the same interior walls for the better part of the past year. Enter the luxury “staycation”. The luxury staycation is the complication-free getaway option, particularly during these uncertain times. It is an opportunity to rediscover the vast array of beauty and richness of which Melbourne is made, and it will allow you to retreat, relax, reflect and reconnect.

As any local knows, the city is far from bereft of high-end luxury accommodation. As a result, the question of destination becomes a valid consideration. You could allow familiarity to rule the decision-making quadrant of your brain and simply choose one of the lovely, comfortable and popular “old dames” of the Melbourne accommodation landscape – The Langham, The Hotel Windsor, The Prince or Adelphi Hotel, just to recall a few. These are the safe bets. You could also, alternatively, unlock your chest of curiosity, creativity and spontaneity and let it guide you to the city’s newest and freshest – as in, having opened on December 1, 2020 - boutique hotel offering, Lancemore Crossley St. Breathing new life into the Graeme Gunn Building, located at 51 Little Bourke Street, this centrally located getaway can be described as “richly layered, complex and unique”. Imbued throughout with awe-inspiring cutting-edge design, the fruit of Carr Design Group’s labour, the grit and the glamour of Melbourne come alive amongst the walls of Lancemore Crossley St. There is a strong nostalgic sense that old-school glamour has finally found a new home in the CBD. To give you an idea of just what this glory of old entails, prepare your eyes to behold an upturned chandelier – rescued and repurposed from Georges Department Store – that has been set above a circular banquet. This combination creates a spectacularly memorable centrepiece around which the communal area hustles and bustles with guests. Amazing! And, remember, this is only the beginning. Your stay has yet to unfold.

Upon checking in, you will make your way to your temporary home away from home – at last! Lancemore Crossley St. contains 113 newly refurbished, plush, art-filled rooms, all designed for the discerning traveller – or, in this case, the discerning “staycationer”. Upon entering your domain, you will be greeted by leather seats, sheer room-dividing curtains, signature LM beds, ensuite bathrooms with rain showers, Hunter Lab amenities and a well stocked minibar featuring a locally curated selection of beer, wine and spirits. If you are so inclined, pour your beverage of choice into a cut-crystal glass and head to the rooftop terrace, where you can wile away your mornings, afternoon and/or evenings among the daybeds, lounges and open fire (season permitting, of course). It is recommended that when booking, try to secure the Romeo Suite. Located on the top floor, it is literally the pinnacle of the boutique hotel’s room offerings. The Romeo Suite features two bedrooms, an ample and sophisticated workspace or entertainment space, a private terrace balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows through which you may glean and enjoy the playful and sparkling lights of Chinatown. Additional enticements of the Romeo Suite (and all suites) include unlimited movies and a late 12pm checkout. Considering Lancemore Crossley St.’s high degree of professionalism, ultra-luxurious rooms and ability to exceed expectations, that late checkout could likely be extended by, say, 24 or 48 hours. You deserve it. Book now.  

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