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July, 2023
An outdoor rooftop area at the Q Bar on the 28th floor, at Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels

Located on the West side of Flinders Lane, this Melbourne hotel is quirky, convenient, yet highly charming. 

Part of the TFE Hotels group, the Quincy Melbourne is the most colourful hotel in the group’s offering, retaining the consistencies of the notable hotel group which is found Australia-wide. The first hotel of the Quincy brand outside of Singapore, the Melbourne location is both fitting and refreshing, in this ever-expanding area of Melbourne’s West end. 

The hotel’s gold and black facade stands out amongst its neighbours. Inside, the hotel is colourful and eclectic. The Quincy Melbourne’s General Manager, Christian Price, explains the artwork around the hotel reflects the city’s laneways with street art, the hotel giving an obvious nod to its context. 

With all-day dining set across three different offerings, the hotel – set over 28 floors – presents more than meets the eye. 

Colourful and modern design in rooms | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels
A comfortable nights stay is guaranteed | Photography Champ Magazine©

ROOMS

There are 241 rooms in total at the hotel, with various rooms and suites designed to suit any traveller. Each present a vibrant, modern design.

We stayed in the Caledonian Room, designed for both work and play, with double window views of the surrounding skyline. Overlooking Yarra River, the view couldn’t have been better, we could see the intricate fabric of Melbourne’s buildings both old and new. The Celestial Room is the entry-level room of the hotel, equally as efficiently designed yet more ergonomic. 

Robes and Seedling Sole slippers are offered in Caledonian Rooms for guests. They’re natural, plant-based and 100% biodegradable, made from just three organic sustainably sourced materials – flax, linen and cork. 

The mini-bar in each room has been curated with Asian delights, such as snacks (laksa potato chips and Poke chocolate) and beverages most often found in an Asian convenience store. There is a nod to the area however with mini Archie Rose espresso martini bottles and wines from Margaret River.

Hosier Club Rooms and Suites are the all-inclusive suites with VIP check-in, complimentary happy hour and other perks. Their booking price offers an ‘all in one’ service that is taken care of.

The Melbourne skyline lights up at night | Photography Champ Magazine©
Dumplings delivered by Tiffin service, reflecting the hotel's Korean influences | Photography Champ Magazine©

DINING

Located in a quieter area of Melbourne, in the currently-developing West end of the city, the Quincy steps up the dining in its premises with three different dining options, all overseen by chef Adam Woodfield (previously at Chin Chin and his own restaurant Betel restaurant in New York which served inventive Southeast Asian street food).

On the ground floor, find grab n go’ Singsong serving flat whites and lattes as you people watch daily life go by. Banh-mi and bubble tea is also available, reflecting the South East Asian influence that the hotel champions. 

On the first floor, the Salted Egg restaurant serves breakfast for guests and operates a dinner service at night. The menu at Salted Egg has a wide offering, highlighting a raw and rustic menu celebrating the fresh, original flavours of Thai cuisine. 

Room service with a view | Photography Champ Magazine©
Champagne with a view? Yes please! | Photography Champ Magazine©

The Q is situated on the hotel’s top floor, presenting a cocktail bar overlooking the city skyline with indoor and outdoor seating. The bar menu here is short but concise, with staples such as pacific oysters and Asian inspired menu of seasonal ingredients in rice cups, spring rolls and bao.

A signature Quincy gin has been crafted for the hotel by Antagonist Spirits (a small batch spirits manufacturer). Also Asian inspired, soft botanicals such as Lotus Flower, Coriander Seed, Cassia Bark and Orris Root take centre stage. This uniquely crafted gin is also available in-room mini-bars for guests. At the Q, cocktails not to miss are the Quincy Sling, Made in Melbourne and Summers at the Servo (a cocktail made to reminisce the classic Aussie icy-pole during blistering summers).

With our stay to the hotel on a Monday night, we opted for In-Room Dining as The Q was closed. It’s menu is surprisingly delightful, with its Tiffin service very unique to the hotel.

The Q Bar, Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels
Thai cuisine presented at the Salted Egg restaurant at Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels
Bar dining at the Salted Egg restaurant at Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels

GYM & POOL

Located on the hotel’s top two floors (27 and 28, separately), both gym and pool are modest in size but offer exact what is needed. The gym, has a variation of quality equipment and filtered water and towels for guests. Overlooking the surrounding buildings, it makes for great people-watching during a 30-minute treadmill run. 

The pool also offers skyline views, with an outdoor viewing platform highlighting how windy the area can get. The pool is sheltered and heated, it feels more like a spa but on those chilly Melbourne evenings we aren’t complaining! 

The compact yet convenient hotel gym is equipped with the essentials | Photography Champ Magazine©

THE LOCATION

One of our favourite things about this hotel is its location. Situated on the West side of Melbourne, the hotel is 2 minutes walking distance from Southern Cross Station. The West side is still extremely central, walking to Bourke St mall is a 20 minute stroll through Melbourne’s cityscapes , and the up side of this area is that is more quiet and still quite under-developed. 

The hotel is also located within the free tram zone, which means you can hop on and hop off the tram as needed in the area. Everything is within walking distance, but the tram makes it all the more enjoyable and quicker. A short walk away from the Yarra river, the exhibition centre, casino and fine-dining (Vue de Monde) are all a walk away. 

Coming from the airport (the closest, Melbourne Tullamarine) is a breeze, just take the Skybus (quicker than a taxi) straight to Southern Cross Station. A 20-minute ride and you arrive, with a 2 minute walk to the Quincy hotel. Easy!

The top floor heated pool boasts impressive views | Photography Champ Magazine©

THE FINAL VERDICT

The team here are quirky, but go above and beyond for guests. Called ‘Q-urators’, the staff highlight how diverse Melbourne really is, with the various nationalities represented in the hotel team reflecting this.

The Quincy is well priced, consistent and very well located. The hot tip: book online for perks such as a daily $20 minibar credit or included hotel breakfast.

Cocktails at the Q Bar, Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels
Breakfast and dinner at the Salted Egg restaurant at Quincy Melbourne | Photography courtesy TFE Hotels

The Quincy Melbourne
509 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Text: Champ Editor-in-Chief Monique Kawecki
Images: As credited

July, 2023