Now that we’ve moved to the Mornington Peninsula we haven’t spent as much as time in the city as we did before. Now I really appreciate the contrast between a relaxed beach life and the hustle and bustle of the city and most importantly being a tourist in my own town. Last weekend my partner and I celebrated our belated anniversary with a staycation at the newly opened Shadow Play by Peppers in Southbank and we were in for a treat! Here’s a wrap up of the hotel during our stay.
Shadow Play by Peppers is a a contemporary five-star hotel located in the heart of Melbourne. The visually striking 46 – storey hotel has been developed by luxury property developer Jonathan Hallinan of BPM in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Melbourne architects Elenberg Fraser and Melbourne design firm Hecker Guthrie. The hotel comprises of one and two bedroom apartments featuring luxe fixtures and fittings throughout.
Nestled in the heart of the buzzing Southbank district, Shadow Play by Peppers is conveniently positioned within a kilometre of Melbourne’s lively CBD which is home to charismatic laneway restaurants, rooftop bars and boutique shops. It is also within walking distance of the Yarra River and the Crown Entertainment Complex. Hop on a short tram ride to explore some of Melbourne’s many hot spots including Flinders Street Station, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Federation Square and the National Gallery. You can also walk to one of my favourite markets in just 10 minutes- the South Melbourne Market to stock up on fresh gourmet goodies.
Space & Facilities
Shadow Play by Peppers is efffortlessly chic and sexy without trying too hard. Avant garde design features dominate throughout with a clever play between dark and light which brings different moods and contrast to the hotel and each space. Upon check in, expect to be welcomed by friendly service and a beautifully designed lobby which flows effortlessly into Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar. Each apartment takes advantage of the incredible views by floor to ceiling glass windows.
Take the lift to Level 9 to explore the hotel’s communal areas. Here you can enjoy a state of the art gym overlooking the Melbourne city, sauna, steam room and heated lap pool. On a nice day, you can cook up a storm on the outdoor barbeque. There are also many areas to enjoy some peace and quiet including an adjoining lounge and library, making it perfect for the business traveller. Venture up to the top floor on Level 46 and you’ll find my favourite space in the hotel – the gorgeous winter garden where you can warm yourself by the fire and delight in the glorious bayside views. It’s the perfect spot to have a sundowner and watch the sun melt into the horizon beyond.
A 24 hour reception, valet parking, secure undercover parking and free wifi are also available at the hotel.
The Two Bedroom Corner Apartment is beautifully designed on the corner of building to take advantage of the Melbourne city and bay views. These apartments incorporate an enclosed balcony (winter garden) where you can sit and soak up the sunshine. Each room comes equipped with a full kitchen (full-size fridge, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave, toaster), a coffee machine and washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.
But it’s all the small touches which really make it feel like a home away from home. When I checked in to the room, I was greeted by the sweet smell of freshly baked bread in the bread maker, accompanied by house churned butter and Four Pillars Negroni Jam. So delicious!! The Mini Bar is well thought out and celebrates some of the best local producers in Melbourne.
Food & Wine
Positioned to be one of Melbourne’s top food & wine experiences, Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar is a “must do” for the fellow foodies of the world. The restaurant showcases the best of local (Victorian) and seasonal produce with a Modern Australian menu. Feast on a a delicious range of small and large plates and a pretty impressive salumi and cheese list. To start you can enjoy natural oysters, Portland Kingfish paired with passionfruit and horseradish and a tartare of grass fed Victorian Beef (just to name a couple!). On to the larger plates: Don’t miss my favourite, the Victorian Infinity Barramundi teamed with pippies and proscuitto broth, a Great Ocean Road duck cassoulet or a slow cooked Gippsland Lamb with smoked labne and saltbush. You can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu here.
On one night we enjoyed a wine tasting designed by their in house sommelier. All wines are Victorian with a gender balance of 50% male and 50% female producers. The wine bar supports local producers and smaller labels so you’re able to discover many wines you haven’t tried before. Ask about their regular wine programme and tastings, or pop into the cellar to take home a bottle of your favourite drop.
For breakfast you can enjoy a continental buffet accompanied by an a la carte breakfast menu which is made to order.