Heading To A Conference? Here’s Where To Stay
Looking for conference accommodation in Australia? There are a plethora of hotels in the capital cities to choose from but depending on the location of your conference, location, convenience and amenities are all-important.
Here’s a small selection of hotels around the country close to each city’s convention centre and with ideal business traveller amenities.
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Melbourne: The Blackman Art Series
The Blackman, an Art Series Hotel in Melbourne’s St Kilda, is definitely the ideal base for creative types and art aficionados in town for a conference. The 209-room, all-suite boutique hotel is named after local painter Charles Blackman, an influential Australian painter known for his romantic works. His art is displayed prominently in all rooms, which are self-contained with a microwave, full fridge, stovetop, toaster, coffeemaker and dishwasher, but also offer an onsite restaurant and room service if you don’t feel like DIY.
My Deluxe Studio Suite Balcony room featured expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and an open plan where the bed, lounge and kitchen shared the same space, but still felt spacious. The bathroom is small but adequate with space for a shower only, while the luxury amenities are Byredo. The Blackman hotel is a 25-minute tram ride away, or 11-minute drive from the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. It’s also close to the NGV International, so you can really pair an immersive art-filled stay with an exhibition of top artworks.
Words by: Cassie Laffey, Flight Centre Content Team
Sydney: Veriu Central
Sydney’s Veriu Central was an ideal base during my recent two-night stay in the thriving city. With meetings keeping me occupied during the days, the hotel provided everything I needed, with friendly yet professional flair. The hotel is housed in a 19th century building, combining its charming historic aesthetics with modern day necessities. The property offers a range of suites and rooms that are most ideal for single travellers and couples. The rooms feature unique and creative layouts that have prioritised space optimisation and the key feature of all good rooms – an inviting and comfortable bed.
It’s located in, yes central Sydney, but more specifically on the border of the trendy suburb of Surry Hills, meaning high-end dining, eclectic cafes, artistic institutions and some fantastic bars are within strolling distance. Chin Chin (originally of Melbourne fame) is less than 200m away, while deliciously tempting Nomad Restaurant and Sydney's best pizzeria (according to myself) Vanzana, are both within a few blocks. For those travellers who have enthusiastically booked an early morning meeting, or simply want to make the most of a quiet night in, the modern hotel boasts an old-world bar with a very competitive two-hour happy hour, and five diverse dining options within the same building. The best part is that guests can enjoy charge back payment for them all.
The hotel felt homey and safe at all times, boasting a 24-hour concierge and offsite parking should you be bringing your own wheels. They also served up great, hot and strong almond cappuccino, so if nothing else wins you over, the downstairs cafe should at least set you straight for the day.
Words by: Jessica Holmes, Flight Centre Video Producer
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Adelaide: Stamford Plaza Hotel
Right across the street from the convention centre, the main train station and the court house, this 335-room hotel is the ideal place when in town for business. Just a block from the bustling Rundle Mall, and with a selection of stylish restaurants and bars within a two block radius, there is plenty to keep you entertained, or to impress clients with.
A well known hotel chain, the Stamford Plaza is very clean and elegant, though a little dated. All of the guest rooms and suites are spacious with all of the amenities you can expect from a grand name, and the bed is very comfortable. I stayed in a guest room, which had a large desk for working, a comfortable armchair, and the ensuite had a shower over a bath.
Convenience is key in this hotel, with a well-equipped gym, pool and spa area, and a selection of dining options on site. La Boca Bar and Grill is a great option for work dinners, featuring Adelaide’s only Argentinian asador fire pit, while the Cascade Cocktail Lounge also does light snacks and drinks. TG’s restaurant serves an excellent buffet breakfast seven days a week, and there is also a wide selection available on the room service menu, including 24-hour-a-day options.
Words by: Vicki Fletcher, Flight Centre Content & Social Media Assistant Manager
Perth: The Adnate Art Series
Heading to Perth on business? Look no further than the newest Art Series hotel, The Adnate. Walk along Hay Street, in Perth’s CBD and you’ll soon see one of the world’s largest ‘mega murals’ towering above. The colourful mural that spans across all 25 storeys of the hotel was completed by Australian street artist Matt Adnate himself, and is just the beginning of a unique stay at The Adnate. There are 250 contemporary rooms, each featuring giclee prints of Adnate’s most famous work, which is complemented with cutting edge design.
The open plan layout and furnishings allow travellers to truly relax after a long day. Guests can finalise their business for the day at their own in-room workspace and high-speed WiFi. If you choose to close the laptop for the evening, head down to the lobby for a complimentary art tour or to HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails where you can sit poolside and enjoy the music-inspired restaurant and bar located within the hotel. Check out and you can be at Perth Airport within a 25 minute drive.
Words by: Sheridan Murphy, Flight Centre Community & Content Coordinator