The Langham is probably one of the best hotels in its class that I have had the good fortune to stay in. I recently stayed here during a business trip to Melbourne - simply outstanding! We have an office very close by so it is an ideal location for me and our company regularly uses the hotel.
The location of the place couldn’t be much better, right on the river front in the heart of Southbank, with loads of café’s, restaurants, bars, and a very lively night scene. There is a pedestrian bridge right in front of the hotel that leads across the river directly to the train station and the central business district. The edges of the river have been beautifully developed into parklands with paved bike paths running on both sides, ideal for running, walking, biking, etc., and the botanic gardens are only about 10min walk away.
The hotel is beautiful from the outside as well as within, with a very nicely decorated lobby area up the escalators. My room was larger than your average hotel room and included a small lounge area with comfortable couches and chairs – perfect for watching the huge plasma TV, complete with all the Sky channels. The room was very tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, with all the modern amenities. I had a corner room with windows on 2 sides providing outstanding views over the river and across to the Melbourne CBD – magical at night! The king size bed was a little bit soft but I still had restful sleeps. There was a computer desk with a very fast internet connection. The bathroom was large and very luxurious, with separate shower and bath enclosures. Absolutely zero noise from the hallway or from outside, very relaxing.
I used the well-equipped gym daily – excellent facility with a good range of free weights, weight machines, and a dozen or so cardio machines. The 24 hour access was great, allowing for some late night or early morning workouts. There was also a pool but I unfortunately never got the chance to use it.
The breakfast buffet was, simply put, amazing! I looked forward to waking up every day and hitting the buffet. They have an tremendous variety of fresh fruit, all the normal breakfast options, plus a pancakes-n-ice cream station for the occasional decadent breakfast binge. Definitely the best spread I’ve seen in an Australian hotel.
Service was excellent as well, friendly doormen, reception staff, and cleaning crew always attentive to your needs. Check-in and check-out went smoothly and efficiently and all requests were immediately filled. Due to my flight times, I had requested early check-in and late check-out and this was not a problem for them.
I failed to find any faults with this hotel. I had a great experience here and will stay here again when I return next month. I highly recommend this hotel to all other travellers, for business or pleasure. Everything seems to have come together at the Langham to make it the number 1 choice in Melbourne. You can’t go wrong. For A$230 per night, it actually represents good value. I have paid more for a lot less in the past.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.