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A new 12-suite designer hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra

March 26, 2018 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

Opening in Melbourne, June 2018, United Places Botanic Gardens pioneers a new level of luxury travel to the city. 

Combining international vision and local excellence, the hotel is situated in the centre of South Yarra, opposite the lush parklands of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Derived from the idea of combining a hotel and home – guests in any of the 12 suites will encounter a spacious and opulent room with premium amenities and personalised butler service.

United Places has collaborated with a number of Australia’s most esteemed creatives to bring together their vision of a hotel as home. As architects and interior designers, Carr Design Group has imbued sophistication in a balanced cross between masculine and feminine. Projects of Imagination has finessed the brand’s holistic experience at every touch point. Award-winning Chef, Scott Pickett, will curate in-room breakfast accompaniments daily from the downstairs restaurant, Matilda, where guests will also have priority seating.

The name United Places captures the vision and ethos of the property. It speaks overtly to like-minded people who gravitate towards the same place – a collective group seeking experience, artist collaborations, commissions and curation of space – united in ideals of distinction and sensibility. Darren Rubenstein, Owner of United Places says, “We wanted to create a home for guests, where they could revel in the luxury of Melbourne’s best design, food and location in the privacy of their own suite.”

“The element that sets a great hotel apart from one that is ‘just fine’ is the level of guest care,” says General Manager, Marcus Pelham. “From the moment a United Places guest arrives, their every need is anticipated. Whether they require theatre tickets, a table at a special restaurant or certain provisions in their kitchen, our staff are on call to ensure it happens.”

The striking design of the property greets guests on arrival through an elegant yet discreet gate, where a butler will welcome them. An asymmetrical conical void over the foyer is home to a specially commissioned piece by renowned artist, Laura Woodward. It plays on the elements of water, light and movement and interacts with the monochromatic surfaces of the hallways to create something compelling and somewhat mysterious. The furnishings and artist commissions within the hotel soften the buildings brutal form and minimal palette of grey and bronze, lending itself to carefully considered juxtapositions – it is exclusive yet inclusive, public and private, dark and light.

Spanning three floors, there are nine one-bedroom suites and three two-bedroom suites that have large sunken bathtubs overlooking the city’s skyline. All rooms boast a range of luxe, textural embellishments – velvet drapes, richly coloured hardwood floors, bathroom pods clad in charcoal-tinted one-way mirror – teamed with the homely comforts of a well-equipped kitchen and recessed terrace.

Rates start at AU$650 per night and include daily breakfast by Executive Chef Scott Pickett of Matilda, in-room mini bar and WiFi.

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