Raise the roof: festival camping goes first class in Melbourne
Top of the tents
When they're kitted out as well as these, you just might. The last word in bohemian luxe, the new 'camping ground' atop Melbourne Central, a shopping complex in the city's CBD, offers an urban experience like no other.
City rooftops have long been considered prime real estate for nouveau bars, moonlight cinemas and pop-up restaurants - not to mention atmospheric settings for proposals and parties - but luxury camping takes it to the next level.
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Titled St Jerome's The Hotel, the new concept includes five 5-metre teepee-style tents and 25 4-metre tents - but these aren't your standard Kathmandu-issue plastic shelters. Rather, the tents - or suites, as they're referred to on The Hotel's website - come fully equipped with all the opulent extras you'd expect from a lavish 5-star hotel. Think suites designed by Deon St Mor of MOR Cosmetics fame, Linen House textiles, morning tai chi and meditation classes and room service, so you can have champagne delivered to your door (we mean, tent flap).
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Yes, it's all sounding a little left of centre, but St Jerome's The Hotel is the brainchild of Melbourne entrepreneur Jerome Borazio, founder of Laneway Festival and before that, one of the city's first laneway bars, the eponymous St Jerome. He's a man who clearly knows what he's doing and given that the tents have already become hot property, we're willing to give this whole glamping thing a go.
Rates for St Jerome's The Hotel start at $330/night. The rooftop is open until September 30, with pop-ups in Hobart and Auckland on the cards. Visit stjeromesthehotel.com.au to book.
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