Hotel Chadstone is a five-star, $130 million development operated under the MGallery by Sofitel brand. Located within the Chadstone complex, there are 250 rooms, including 21 suites and two flash-as-hell penthouses.
Each suite has been thoughtfully curated to maximise guest comfort and relaxation while upholding the stylish aesthetic of the hotel. You’ll feel the thick pile carpet beneath your toes, help yourself to an Everliegh bottled cocktail from the minibar, play around with the electronic curtains and dimming lights, relax in the spa-like bathrooms and order room service until your heart’s content. If you plan on making the most of the hotel’s facilities or indulging in some retail therapy, you’ll soon realise the suite’s beds are nearly impossible to pull yourself away from.
The hotel features two in-house restaurant-bars including a venue from hospo heavyweight Scott Pickett. Pastore, which is the Italian word for ‘shepherd’, honours the area’s heritage as a pasture. The ground-floor restaurant is Italian-inspired, with a pull towards Australian flavours and woodfire cooking. The unpretentious menu features a selection of tasting plates, handmade pasta and grilled meats.
Altus Restaurant and rooftop bar is the hotel’s more polished venue. It boasts panoramic views of the Dandenongs and offers guests a taste of the luxe life with its fine dining seasonal menu and lavish interior decor. Think high ceilings, brushed gold metal arches, sheer floor-to-ceiling linen drapes and french navy walls; these elements work together to create a sense of modern regal living. The venue is also adults-only after 6pm and it upholds a smart casual dress code.
The hotel connects to the shopping centre on the ground level, right in front of Mecca Cosmetica. From there you’ll walk through towards Chadstone’s luxury brands including Hermes, Balenciaga, Louboutin and Louis Vuitton. If jewellery is what you’re after, hook around to the left to check out Tiffany & Co, Cartier or Paspaley – an Australian-owned pearl jewellery retailer that’s known for selling some of the world’s rarest and most valuable pearls that are often worn by the royals.
Back at the hotel, you can explore the indoor rooftop pool that connects to Altus, which means you won’t have to travel far for a cocktail. The pool is located on level 12 and is open daily from 7am until 10pm. It offers 180-degree views so on a clear day you should get a glimpse of Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne city skyline. The pool area has daybeds, some low-table seating and pool-side lounge chairs.
Looking for the ultimate way to unwind? The hotel’s spa, Holism Retreat has you covered. The luxury day spa is the sister studio of St Kilda’s Nourish Spa and Skin Clinic and is located on the mezzanine level. Indulge in one of the many treatments or classes including massages, LED light treatments, facials, yoga and meditation. The calming decor pairs organic fibers with neutral colours; there are warm white rendered walls, blush and rust-toned upholstery, blonde timbers and pale grey linens. Add it all together and you’ll fall into a zen mindstate in no time.
Hotel Chadstone has all the usual hotel luxuries and facilities, including room service, valet parking, buffet breakfast, gym, meeting rooms and more. There’s also the Art and Design Library to explore – it’s an ode to the hotel’s luxury fashion and art roots.
Rooms vary in price from $299 per room (for a classic room with a king-sized or two queen-sized beds) and up to $1,700 for a penthouse suite.