It’s been a big week at Chez Gourmet Chick with the birth of my baby son. We brought him home on Sunday and he is absolutely gorgeous. He’s already keen on his food (well, make that drink) and his mother has been very excited to indulge in soft cheese and champagne again.
I totally scored this time around by getting to move from the hospital to the Park Hyatt for two nights. This is an option offered by a few of the private hospitals in Melbourne because crazily a hospital bed is more expensive than a five star hotel.
The Park Hyatt is one of Melbourne’s most iconic hotels and I’ve been super keen to stay there for a while now. I just didn’t think I’d have to give birth to get there! It’s in a cracking location just at the top of Collins street, opposite Parliament. The hotel has an Art Deco feel to it with lots of soaring marble columns and polished metal. The rooms are huge – our room is one of the larger hotel rooms I’ve stayed in with a gigantic bed which had me sleeping better than a newborn baby (actually not a hard thing to do!).
I particularly liked the generous sized dressing room and cupboard area which meant my luggage didn’t end up strewn all over the room like it usually does and the Italian marble bathroom with its huge triangular bath and own television. The food at the Park Hyatt is sensational. The emphasis is on seasonal and local food (including honey from the Park Hyatt’s own hives). If you do get room service there I highly recommend the zucchini salad which was packed with flavour while offering a super light and healthy option.
It goes without saying that it was a real treat for a mum with a newborn to have breakfast in bed every day. I’m just not sure how I’m going to break it to my baby boy that he shouldn’t get too used to five star life.
Details: Park Hyatt Melbourne, 1 Parliament Place, East Melbourne.
Damage: Budget breaking. Rooms start at $285 a night.