As I continue to travel while working remotely, people frequently ask “where do you stay?” or “where do you call home?” It’s a valid question, whether I am in town for a few days or staying somewhere a full month. Lately, I have hopped around more often than I would like, but there are so many cities and countries to visit!
Australia has been an amazing whirlwind. I started off at Cairns resort and dove the Great Barrier Reef, flew to Byron Bay for the rays and kicked it at a hostel, then went to Sydney for the city vibes and stayed at an Airbnb in Bondi so that I could get in as many beach workouts, sunrises and sunsets as I could. I ended my Australia tour in Melbourne, where I found phenomenal coffee, good food and familiar Brooklyn vibes.
When I started searching for where to stay in Melbourne, I gravitated to these neighborhoods: West Melbourne, Brunswick/East, Collingwood, Fitzroy, St Kilda, South Yarra and Prahran. St Kilda, South Yarra and Prahran were a bit far from the center and I didn’t have many days, so I removed them from my list. I also don’t like to stay in the center of everything because of giant tourist crowds and the frenetic energy. That left me with a few options, and I ended up calling Park Hyatt my home in Melbourne.
I have stayed at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Seoul and Busan and loved all of my visits. My Park Hyatt experience in Melbourne was no different. When you drive up and walk into the hotel, you get this sense of grandness, and at the same time, you feel the intimacy in its service. Heidi at reception was so helpful, a close second behind the service I received at Four Seasons Seoul.
The Park Hyatt is across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a 5 minute walk to Carlton Gardens where I went for my morning runs, a 10 minute walk to Gertrude Street in Fitzroy and a 15 minute walk to Flinders Lane. Close to everything but just far enough to make it feel like I was on the outskirts of the countryside.
I was lucky enough to have one of the best restaurants in town at the hotel too. Usually no matter how great the restaurant, it still feels like you’re dining at a hotel. That is not the case at radii, where 50% diners happen to be locals or repeat visitors. Dinner was especially memorable not only because it was the best meal I had in Melbourne but also because the chef’s philosophy is very much my own. Chef Tyson Gee believes in serving food that is in season and thoughtfully sourced and all the dishes lived up to the claims, with my fish and oysters caught that morning. The hotel even has its own bees and hives to source honey, on its rooftop (above right).
It is completely true that luxury is in every detail. After a full day of working, exploring the city, having lunch with friends and indulging in a nightcap at the bar, there is nothing better than walking into an Italian marbled bathroom, soaking in the tub with an exclusive Le Labo scent made exclusively for Park Hyatt Melbourne. Why else do you think Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart and Pink have been guests here?