Australia’s newest and most anticipated rooftop accommodation is now officially open for business.
Part boutique hotel, part caravan park, Notel comprises of six five-star fully renovated and restored 1970’s airstreams on top of a car park in the middle of Melbourne.
The idea came from James Fry who has owned the three-level car park with his dad for a decade. “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,” he explains.
Two years in the planning, this is far from a traditional hotel (although it has all the luxuries of a five-star once inside). Guests have to work out how exactly to get in. (Clue – it’s a single door that’s hidden near a coffee shop.) There is no concierge and guests are emailed or texted a code for their smartphone that they can swipe to gain access.
James sourced the original 1970’s airstreams from across the west coast and mid-coast of the US, primarily in Santa Barbara, at a cost of US$70,000 each. All were completely gutted, sent on a boat across the Pacific to Geelong in Australia, and then driven up the highway to Flinders Lane and lifted onto the roof top of the car park using a 50-tonne crane.
The standard suite is A$395 per night while the airstream ‘with benefits,’ which has a huge and private outdoor spa overlooking the city, is $440. Along with the extraordinary experience of your own five-star airstream with a queen size bed and a private ensuite bathroom, every guest enjoys complimentary Wi-Fi and Netflix, free parking (being on top of a car park) , a ‘help yourself at no charge’ mini bar.
The Notel idea is creating a stir on Twitter, with the general agreement that sleeping in a gulfstream on a rooftop can only be a good thing:
— Melbourne, Australia (@Melbourne) August 25, 2016