The Queen of Melbourne’s boutique hotel scene, the iconic Adelphi opens a new chapter on its 21st birthday in 2014 as the world’s first “dessert” hotel. Thanks to design guru Fady Hachem, the interiors feature rich, chocolate-toned furnishings, carpets patterned like cakes, “licorice allsorts” stools, and the smell of baking in the air. The magnum opus of this sweet tale is the signature Om Nom restaurant, with French-trained patisserie chef Christy Tania at its helm. The treats continue with all-inclusive pricing that includes a stocked mini-bar, welcome drink at the bar, unlimited latest-release movies, and WiFi. A glass-bottomed rooftop pool juts out two meters from the hotel’s façade, high above Flinders Lane.
Originally built in 1938 as a warehouse for the rag trade, the building’s simple and elegant design received its first makeover in 1989 by architects Denton Corker Marshall. It opened in 1993 as a minimalist 34-room boutique hotel, the first of its kind in Australia, complete with private rooftop club, restaurant, and a suspended pool. Adelphi’s latest facelift, in 2014, retains the building’s signature warehouse style with metal windows and a concrete façade.
“The colors and textures of the hotel are all based on desserts,” says designer Fady Hachem. “But it’s not weird. It’s not too out there. It’s very comfortable and done subtly.” Taking its cue from the former Denton Corker Marshall-designed hotel, the spiky, edgy character of its original incarnation has been retained in this update’s industrial elements, while a layer of whimsical, confection-inspiration provides an engaging contrast.
Hotelier Dion Chandler’s fondest memories of traveling with his family as a child were the hotels they would stay in. It’s no wonder that Chandler went on to explore the boutique hotel world, having stayed in over 70 hotels and guesthouses in Europe, and also having worked in high-end independent hotels. Together with business partners Ozzie Kheir and Simon Ongarato, and Fady Hachem, the founder of one of Australia’s most progressive design studios, Chandler now has a unique product of his own—the iconic Adelphi. Hachem’s innovative approach has not only won him a roster of prestigious clients but international accolades as well. When not undertaking a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of design, you can find Hachem hanging out with his two Pomeranians.
187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Melbourne 3000, Australia
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