It was a dreary summer weekend in inner-city Melbourne, but who cares, I was hidden away, amongst the trendy decor, lapping up the kind service and gorging on outstanding food and drink at the cool Quincy Hotel on Flinders Lane.
Quincy Hotel, 509 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
A trendy room fit for a couple up on the 26th floor overlooking Southbank.
Modern, rounded edges and tones of various shades of pink in my room. The walls are a dusty pink, the bedhead a dark pink, there’s maroon velvet chairs and – my favourite – the salmon pearlescent pink bathroom. I learn each of the 241 rooms is set in soothing hues of jade, blue or pink to represent good fortune and joy.
There’s a lounger by the window, a roomy wardrobe and a round table for two where one could sit and sample the exciting selection from the mini-bar (like special little cans of Quincy cocktails and Singaporean imported chippies in flavours like laksa and Hainanese chicken rice)
There’s dimly lit bar, The Q, up on level 28, that on this Friday night seemed to be popular with a young after work crowd. They even have a DJ play for the end of week wind-down. Outside, a single row of seats that see the sky felt private – a date location to enjoy one of the hotel’s speciality cocktails, perhaps.
For the active guest, there’s a small gym and lap pool open from 6am and each room is kitted out with premium hair and body wash by Kevin Murphy.
If you’re travelling by car, there’s offsite parking (about a three-minute stroll down the road) for $30 a day or a Skybus runs to and from Melbourne Airport just outside for $17 each way (cheaper for kids and concessions).
Arriving late to Melbourne, I thought I would settle in to my suite and pick from the “tiffin service” on the room service menu (available via a QR code you get on arrival). But, once I took a peek into Quincy’s onsite restaurant, Salted Egg, I could not leave.
It felt boujee but comfortable, and the service was smart and smiling. The flavours are Southeast Asian and the menu is exciting. Dining alone, I opted for a selection of small dishes (I insist on the smoked duck betel leafand the raw kingfish with green nahm jim) and an “environmentally friendly daiquiri” called Reduce, Redrink, Recycle.
The breakfast menu is best enjoyed in a robe, from your bed. I took on the smashed avocado on sourdough with pickled chilli and black vinegar dressing, with a side of the seasonal fruit salad. I still dream about this combo.
Worth stepping out for
If you need another watering hole, Gimlet and Maha Bar nearby come recommended by locals. There’s a free inner-city tram service that can take you to Bourke Street Mall and Emporium Melbourne for a spot of shopping. The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is just a short stroll away and you can see the Melbourne Cricket Ground from the hotel.
Worth staying in for
Eating and drinking. Take a friend or lover for a long weekend and don’t leave until you’re full and happy.
The service from the front desk, to the bar and restaurant – really helpful, engaged and friendly.
Leaving before you can eat every single thing on the Salted Egg menu.
Quincy felt like a destination, not just a place to crash for the night. Treat yourself.
Book direct via the Quincy website for the best price. My room was A$400 (NZ$439). Food and beverage is additional. See: quincymelbourne.com
The writer was hosted by Visit Victoria.
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