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Next Hotel Melbourne

Head down to the bar for their Aperitivo hour where you can try cocktails made with their own barrel aged spirits served alongside fresh Italian snacks.
By Andrew Zuccala
August 12, 2022
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By Andrew Zuccala
August 12, 2022
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The new 80 Collins precinct isn't just home to a growing number of top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes — it's also the address of Next Hotel Melbourne. Launched in March 2021, this opulent 225-room escape is a design-lover's dream, fitted out with an abundance of marble, plus art by the likes of Jonny Niesche and Julia Gorman. We could see that this would be one of Melbourne's best hotels, even before they opened their doors.

All the glam suites boast features like espresso machines, Hunter Lab toiletries and Dyson hairdryers, as well as handy in-room cocktail-mixing stations. Next Melbourne is also the first hotel in Australia to barrel-age its own spirits, the fruits of which you can experience at sprawling third-floor bar and restaurant La Madonna, as well as the adjacent Barrel Room. And yes, that drinks program translates to some pretty special hotel mini-bar offerings, too.

But don't miss the unique dining experience at La Madonna. Adrian Li and Danny Natoli have paired up to create an Italian and Chinese fusion menu that will blow your mind. Umami-rich Italian and Chinese flavours merge across ever-changing menus that celebrate seasonal produce and their distinctly separate culinary heritage.

But that ain't all. Next Hotel is also one of the few places in Melbourne that have a proper Aperitivo experience. Head to The Club to order a cheeky pre-dinner cocktail that comes with some complimentary snacks.  Expect charcuterie, artisan cheeses, olives and freshly shucked Oysters alongside warm treats including grilled seafood and arancini. This has got to be the best way toi start an evening out on the town.

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