There's an ethos at Sofitel Melbourne that's much more than just a hotel. The hotel's philosophy is "Live the French way", which means enjoying life's pleasures and making time for yourself. It's about savouring experiences rather than rushing through life, valuing yourself and your time and taking a few moments to just watch the world go by.
There is a lot to savour here, from ultra-comfortable beds to high-end toiletries to those unparalleled views across the entire city. No other hotel in Melbourne can offer anything close to what you'll see from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the Sofitel. Views stretch across the CBD to Federation Square, the Arts Centre and the southern suburbs, all the way to St Kilda and the bay.
You can sit back and enjoy those views in the comfortable armchairs that are window-side in every room, upholstered in velvet the perfect blue of France's tricolour.
Many guests at Sofitel Melbourne never leave the hotel, using their stays as a time to unwind and enjoy the delights of the building itself. Restaurant No 35 on, yes, the 35th floor, offers a French-inspired menu that changes constantly but always relies on seasonal produce. Meals are beautifully presented, and diners can choose two or three courses. The wine list is, of course, exceptional – or you could just drink in those views. Also on level 35 is the Atrium Bar on 35, a cocktail-focused nightspot of chic glass, black and gold. It's the perfect place for a pre-theatre aperitif, a nightcap or to just sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy doing absolutely nothing at all. After all, isn't that the French way?
With exceptionally beautiful rooms and intuitive service delivered by attentive staff, this is our Time Out tip: Spend an afternoon snacking on delicate éclairs in Sofi’s Lounge.