Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Adara Collins Melbourne Review and A Special Accommodation Offer...


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Adara Collins.

There's no better time than now to feature our recent staycation in beautiful Melbourne town here. So many people are packing up and moving about on holidays at this time of year but have you ever considered staying locally in your own capital city as a vacation option instead? Familiarity can and does, after all, provide the perfect starting point for an ultimately relaxing holiday.

Regardless of whether you are a local reader or from interstate (or even overseas), if you are contemplating a visit to our incredible town, then read on; I have a stunning hotel to review and an exclusive offer to save you dollars on a stay in Melbourne and some family friendly and touristy ideas to enjoy here while you do.

We were very recently invited to enjoy a complimentary weekend at the glorious Adara Collins. This stunning city hotel is situated in the very heart of the Melbourne CBD in no other than the magnificent and renown Paris end of Collins Street. As a born and bred Melbourner I can attest that this is the very best of the best our fabulous city has to offer.


The hotel itself is housed within the historic Clyde House and is a slim, tall and elegant late Edwardian era building of intense beauty both outside and in. Adara Collins is ideally placed, (sandwiched between theatres and high-end European and designer fashion houses) and offers visitors one of the most convenient and memorable stays imaginable. It really has a touch of old Melbourne magic and charm of the highest degree, which is indeed what makes the Paris end such an elegant draw-card for visitors.


From our incredibly sized and placed bay window (an entire feature wall), our apartment on the fifth floor overlooked the very best that Melbourne has to offer. Standing here, literally beneath our toes, city life on Collins Street below passed by in a mesmerising and ever-changing kaleidoscopic display which provided endless hours of entertainment in its own right.

 
The amazing tree-lined Collins Street view from our window.
 
There was nothing quite like recharging from a bout of dining and shopping while taking in the views of Melbourne from this vantage point. In fact, it was nothing short of thrilling to be so close to the thrum of everything and yet feel oddly, so at home in our city-based room.


Our grand yet homely apartment was huge, (virtually house-sized) and featured a fully functional kitchen, (including a dishwasher) and two large and welcoming bedrooms. Our apartment comfortably slept five plus our toddler making six, who was provided with a cot. A cleverly designed adjoining bathroom kept both rooms easily accessible or we could simply use the generous sized hallway and entrance area to access our rooms.


Feeling very at home, only, with benefits!

The apartment's lounge room was so large that it really was a family room in every sense. It featured elegantly upholstered sofas with plenty of cushions which made the task of relaxing here so easy. The large, wall-mounted television kept the kids happy and there was plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy. There might even have been a game or two of chasey as the kids sought to maximise the play potential of all that area!


The kids wasted little time and made themselves right at home, right away!


The master bedroom was so inviting; pretty and comfortable and with the sliding door feature built-in to a section of the wall, it was my choice entirely each night as to whether I would shut off my room from the gentle sounds of passing trams and Melbourne nightlife or slide these doors open and draw back the massive bay window curtains to enjoy the stunning lights of the adjacent Regent Theatre in my room. Now there's a decision I wish I had to contemplate every single night!

On arrival we were treated to a delicious fruit hamper that took care of our needs for our entire weekend thanks to Adara Collins. As lovely as our hotel room was, it was time to step out and explore the sights and flavours of our home city. We had two whole days to fill during our stay and being in the centre of town meant that we would have loads of ground to cover in that time.

Our first stop was the spectacular Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. There are over 10,000 marine animals on display here, from exciting sharks to beautiful jellyfish and new exhibits of frogs as well as a mammoth croc and penguins from Antarctica. There are interactive displays where the kids can get busy petting the treasures in the rock pool displays.



We spent a long and happy day here. There's so much to do and see. Make sure you visit their website for all the latest news on current attractions to help you plan your visit.

 
A quiet Bourke Street Mall prior to 9am - A city staycation gives you some genuine shopping freedom.
 
Adara Collins places you right within Melbourne's CBD. A walk of just a few minutes in any direction will take you to so many places to eat, shop, relax and play. We shopped in Bourke Street Mall where all the biggest department stores are to be found. There's lots of culture here too, with plenty of buskers and general city thrum to give you a true feel for the fabulous place Melbourne is.


We enjoyed breakfast daily at Gordon's Café and Bar, (304-306 Little Collins Street, Melbourne). This great little café tucked away down one of Melbourne's most popular laneways is just a short walk from Adara Collins and very quickly became a favourite with us all. We dined here three times over the course of our weekend stay! Perfect breakfasts, (highly recommend the Bircher muesli) and delicious, freshly-squeezed juices. Energising meals to power-up extensive touristy pursuits!

 

My Gordon's juice was demolished by the toddler who threw a mammoth tanty over the mere suggestion of taking it in a sippy cup! It was a nervous 15 minutes watching her drink from a very large and full glass. Thanks for putting up with us guys! (An alternative family-friendly option is The Pancake Parlour at Centrepoint Arcade, Bourke Street Mall.)

 
Every visit to Melbourne must include a trip to the Southbank precinct, perfectly situated on the banks of the Yarra. Great views, dining options and entertainments galore here including Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium and Crown Casino.
 
 
For a great family dining experience a little on the luxurious side, try Gradi at Crown, Southbank. The kids enjoyed a delicious pizza by renown Naples-trained pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco, while I relaxed back with a wine and this delicious Roast-beef al tartufo e vino rosso. (It was as divine as it looks!) Absolutely top service here from friendly and attentive wait-staff and desserts to die for. Highly recommend.
 
 
Exploring Melbourne's distinguished malls is a must and very easy to do from Adara Collins. The Block Arcade is one of Melbourne's oldest and finest, (located at 282 Collins Street Melbourne). Christmas time was even more magical in this very special part of town. The kids were understandably mesmerised by this window display.
 

More of Melbourne's extensive array of cafés, bars and creative outlets are to be found at Centre Place, Melbourne CBD. Make a holiday of our fabulous laneways! They're amazing places filled with culture and bustling with activity and fine dining experiences. My kids were thrilled with the sights and aromas in these very special places which was relaxing for me for all these same reasons.


Other places we enjoyed include Chinatown as well as Melbourne's Greek precinct on Lonsdale Street. (Must recommend Stalactites Restaurant for some of the finest Greek food in Melbourne - a personal favourite of ours going back decades.) Check out the stunning cakes at Diethnes Cakes and Coffee (185 Lonsdale Street). They're mouth-wateringly good and so well priced.

Melbourne's expansive shopping district is world-class and barely needs a mention; it's big and it's all here from every corner of the globe plus our own unique stores will keep you entertained too.

Are you planning a visit to Melbourne?
Adara Collins would like to offer readers of Six Little Hearts
an exclusive discount offer which will give you
10% off Adara's best available rate. (Ongoing.)
Use the code: ADARA10.

 
Adara Collins are located at 182 Collins Street, Melbourne. VIC 3000.
Phone 61 3 9639 1811
*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts were guests of Adara Collins for a magnificent, complimentary two night stay.
In addition, we were guests of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and dined with compliments at Gradi Crown.
We wish to thank our generous sponsors so very much, for a most wonderful weekend in fabulous Melbourne. x

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34 comments:

  1. That looks like an amazing holiday. I haven't been to Melbourne for ages, although hubby is trying to get me to move their because of his work. The Adara looks so romantic from the outside. I love that style of building. The view is the best of all I think though :)

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    1. I love Melbourne Renee - you would too! Listen to that Husband and come to the cultural capital! I miss that view for sure.

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  2. Looks fab - that extra space makes all the difference!

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    1. More spacious than home, that's for sure. (Especially minus all those toys around my house!)

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  3. Awesome weekend! How lucky you were!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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    1. It was a great weekend Amber and I wish I could do it all over again. x

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  4. Sounds like an awesome staycation. I love staying in the city (Sydney) with Dave when we manage to find a night (and the money) for a little parents time. There's nothing like being a tourist in your own city to remind you of just how awesome our country really is!
    #teamIBOT

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    1. Yes, definitely agree that staycations are the way to go. No time wasting when you are already familiar with your destination. You can just get right into relax mode...

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  5. This looks like great accommodation, it can often be hard to find somewhere with enough room for the kids. I loved Melbourne and can't wait to go back so will bookmark this for next time. You might want to join in my #wednesdaywanderlust link party tomorrow.

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    1. It is a great place to stay and the kids keep asking to go back! :D Thanks for the invite and I did join you today. x

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  6. Sounds like you had a great time. I'll keep your tips in mind if I take the kids there

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    1. Yes we did! Come and visit Melbourne soon!

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  7. Great post. I've just had my flights to Melbourne confirmed for early May. I can't wait. Will be looking for lots of hints and tips. Would also love to organise a blogger catch up while I'm there.

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    1. Have you got an event to attend or are you taking a holiday? You might like to use the special offer and stay in the heart of Melbourne. Would be great to meet up so be sure to let us know when you do arrive. x

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  8. What a lovely building and such a great place to stay.

    I thought I might be a tad jealous after reading this post, Melbourne looks a great place to visit.

    Thanks for linking #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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    1. It was beautiful Leandra - a cut above a regular hotel in this location and with these views. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  9. How amazing to have so much space so centrally! That's brilliant. And how good is the aquarium? We visited when we were down from Sydney over Christmas. The penguins are so adorable!

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    1. Yes we love the Aquarium. We go once a year. It has changed quite a bit since we were last there. There's a crocodile that is just enormous - I couldn't pull myself away from looking at it! Those things are very fearsome!

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  10. Looks like a perfect location to explore the city! I love Melbourne :)

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    1. It really was the absolute best spot for seeing everything. I love my Melbs too!

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  11. Looks like a wonderful staycation and I'm sold and totally want to come visit. The scenery is gorgeous there! Thanks for linking-up with us on the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you an awesome week!

    xx
    Lysa
    Co-Host OMHGWW

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    1. Believe me when I say, I am missing it! Thanks for visiting. :D

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  12. What wonderful architecture the building are wonderful. My husband has always talked of coming to Australia it would be a very fun trip I can see. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. The architecture in the Paris end of Melbourne is stunning. I hope you do visit Australia one day Karren.

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  13. Melbourne has been on our list of Australian holidays for a while now. If we venture over I will be sure to remember your hotel deal.

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    1. If you visit Australia, definitely visit Melbourne! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. What a great place for a staycation!
    Having only visited Melbourne briefly twice, I need to come back and do some more exploring!
    Looks like a lovely place to stay and that you all had a great time!

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    1. Oh you need to visit here more often Zita!.Twice and briefly is just not enough! x

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  15. Ohhhh not even jealous!

    Unfortunately I don't think we will ever be able to visit here but thanks so much for sharing.

    #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  16. Stunning! You are so lucky! Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl.

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  17. Ooo i'd love to go! I've been to Australia once but never made it to Melbourne. But from what I saw, it is a stunning country! #brilliantblogposts

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  18. So beautiful, I dream of visiting Australia. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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