The Hotel: Canterbury International Hotel
Canterbury International Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel offering classic-style accommodation in Melbourne’s East. The property provides the perfect base for romantic getaways, with spacious suites and easy access to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. The hotel is also just 20 minutes from the CBD. Foodies will be delighted by the diverse range of Melbourne eateries at the fingertips. But if a quiet night in is preferred, The Clarion Hotel offers two onsite restaurants powered by a team of international chefs committed to presenting local produce in an idyllic setting, with exemplary service. Head to Oliver’s Restaurant to enjoy a la carte dining in a classically-designed setting that channels old-world luxury, or find a spot by the fire at Atrium and enjoy a casual dining atmosphere with views of the garden terrace.
Suites are appointed with comforts including TVs, Wi-Fi access, tea- and coffee-making facilities, reverse cycle air conditioning, and more. Guests can also take advantage of amenities including complimentary car parking, courtesy bus service, laundry, gym/fitness equipment, sports lounge, and a BBQ area, while the indoor pool is perfect for entertaining families.
- Bed size/type: Queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- All suites feature classic-style decor and light colour tones; they come complete with elegant bathrooms with showers and complimentary toiletries, as well as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
Please note, the exact Suite category is subject to availability
The Area: Forest Hill, VIC
Dubbed Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne boasts a strong coffee and café culture and a solid array of boutique fashion stores. Spend the day wandering between the café-lined alleyways, shopping for boutique and vintage clothes, and discovering hidden galleries and rooftop bars. Pack a romantic picnic and spend another day relaxing amongst the flowers and leafy trees in Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of opportunities to play and explore in Melbourne including markets, galleries, museums, festivals. Popular attractions include Luna Park, St Kilda Beach and the walking track around Albert Park Lake.
City lovers keep themselves entertained with a trip to Collins Street, the luxurious strand housing local markets, galleries, boutiques and cafes. Often regarded as Australia’s premier street, Collins Street is the domain of historical Victorian-era architecture, luxury boutiques including Prada, Dior and Cartier and the financial district of Melbourne. Head to the ‘Paris end’ of the street for a look at older-style buildings, all holding onto the memories of former days while still staying poised for daily tourists’ photo snaps.
For those wanting to stay closer to home base, Forest Hill offers visitors a quiet repose less than 20km from the bustle of the city. Shop to your heart’s content or take in a movie at Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, or pay a visit to the suburb’s most widely recognised destination – the production facilities where the soap opera Neighbours is produced. A great base for exploring Melbourne and beyond, Forest Hill is just half an hour’s drive from the Dandenong Ranges and just 45 minutes from the wineries of the Yarra Valley.