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Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank – not just a pretty face

It’s not just good looks that make Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank a welcome addition to the city’s skyline. It’s also the ground-breaking green construction techniques that will warm eco-conscious traveller’s hearts and thankfully not the planet.

The hotel’s visually stunning ‘glass curtain’ silhouette stands out while blending in with Melbourne’s eclectic architecture. It’s an apartment hotel filled with friendly, helpful staff and plenty of design-conscious features.

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Built on top of an existing office building the 10-storey ‘tower of timber’ is best-practice green design. The 220-room property is constructed from highly sustainable cross-laminated timber or CLT. In the future, as more buildings incorporate CLT, more carbon can be stored; as more trees are planted CO2 levels are reduced.

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In addition, the timber for the hotel was sourced from suppliers with Forest Stewardship Council certification, and modular bathrooms were also manufactured off-site to reduce build waste.


On the corner of Southbank Boulevard and City Road in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. It’s close to everything you want to see, eat and do. Leave the car in the on-site carpark.

Also, it’s on the doorstep of the Arts Precinct, Flinders St Station and Fed Square. From here walk, tram or train your way to just about anywhere in Melbourne and beyond. River walks, serious shopping and the Casino are moments away.

Flowers at South Melbourne Markets

Exit left from the light-filled lobby and in less than ten minutes you’re eating fine pastries from Agathé Pâtisserie at South Melbourne Markets. Sort of ‘Queen Vic Markets lite’; more compact, equally amazing fresh food and exotic delights.

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Enjoy a virtual tour of Adina Melbourne. Simply move your mouse around the room –  and click on an arrow to move between rooms.

Adina Melbourne Southbank has that ‘new car smell’ when we arrive. Bright and glistening.

The Bates Smart design is functional and smart. The only thing that’s lightweight is the futuristic construction. Every aspect is well considered.

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In a Covid-19 world, new hotels targeting the business traveller might seem doomed to failure. In one of the best pivots of 2020, Adina Melbourne Southbank is just right for leisure travellers, too. Locals are still pinching themselves as they slowly try to forget lockdown, making this a staycation must. And, for the out-of-towners, the Skybus delivers you from Tullamarine, right to the front door.

Made up of 70 studios, 140 one-bedders and 10 2-bedroom apartments, there’s a ‘just-right’ for every Goldilocks and her buds.


Minimally decorated but lavishly appointed, our one-bed apartment is a retreat amongst the clouds. On the top level – 16, our floor-to-ceiling windows frame our view that reaches to a brilliant blue Port Phillip Bay.

Large living areas seem even larger with those tall windows, sexy bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens. The minimalist, one-wall kitchen comes complete with full-sized fridge and dishwasher for the self-caterers. The discreetly-hidden washer and dryer are Fisher and Paykel like the kitchen appliances.

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The sleek Adina Melbourne Southbank apartments are generous. You can easily forget you’re not in a pricy hotel. Finished with dark timbers, ebony granite and matt black-framed windows it all seems very up-market. The easy, open-plan design is quickly sectioned off with pocket doors when the family arrives to gawk at THAT view.

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And then, when nightfalls if all those twinkling lights are too distracting, envelop the suite with blackouts or sheers. You make the call.


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The final sweetener is sunrise.

Now, the ‘glass curtain’ brings the outside in. Best bit? No sunscreen required.

Disclaimer: TML did receive a discount rate for our stay.



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Liz Bond

Liz Bond comes from a PR background and loves fine wine, great food and rewarding travel - all the magnificent things in life. She prides herself in meeting famous celebrities at baggage carousels.

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