First things first: this is not a hotel in the traditional sense of the word. Think of it as a glammed up retro shack to chill and sleep in before exploring Australia’s artsy mecca, Melbourne. Designed in collaboration with Edwards Moore Architects and FMSA Architecture, the super glitzy ‘notel’ features a string of pimped-to-perfection and exceptionally restored 1970s airstreams that overlook Melbourne’s glorious skyline.
Dubbed ‘a hotel experience like no other’, access to the hotel is through a secret door in a nearby coffee shop. Sorry folks, there is no concierge here. Instead, guests are given a snazzy smart phone which pings them a secret code so they can swipe themselves into the site. Once in, they are greeted by six gleaming trailers that are plonked in front of a beautiful mural by artist Ash Keating.
Owner James Fry said: ‘The idea came from the brain (well, it actually came after a few beers with mates while they were on the roof)…I had a million ideas of what I wanted to do with the space. I tossed around rooftop cinemas, restaurants and even a pool, but I wanted something totally different and something that would excite everyone. I feel with NOTEL that we have nailed it. This prime real estate in the heart of the city that will bring people into Melbourne.‘
James found the trailers whilst on a ‘fact-checking’ holiday in the US. He picked each one up for a whopping $70,000 USD each in Santa Barbara. All of the trailers were completely gutted out and shipped across the Pacific Ocean to Geelong. Once in Melbourne, they were lifted onto the roof of the car park using a massive 50-tonne crane.
It’s all good though as James says ‘every new wrinkle I have and every bag under my eye has been worth it’.
The inspiration behind the interiors were drawn from late 1970s sci-fi films, particularly Michael Anderson’s Logan’s Run and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Every trailer contains a queen size bed and a swanked up en-suite bathroom that is kitted out with locally-sourced high-end Abey bathroom essentials, a Crown posture mattress, Attitude bamboo sheets and Aura home bed linen and bathroom towels.
Travelers also get their own private deck and a communal area featuring epic views if the city.
There’s also a cutesy mini bar stocked with Paul Louis French bubbles, Shiki beer and gourmet chocolate. As there’s no restaurant, James encourages guests to ‘get out there and explore the best of what Melbourne has to offer’.
Trust us, there’s heaps of awesome food shacks to nom your way through in this beaut of a city.
Standard suites start at $395 AUD per night.
Rooms with ‘added benefits’, including a fab spa overlooking the city, are $440 AUD per night.
And for more hotel inspiration, check out these other fabulous glamping hotels in Melbourne.