Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Trip.com
22 Nov 2021

We interviewed video creator and influencer, Tina from HangryByNature, and asked her what she loves about Melbourne and what makes it the perfect staycation.

Contents

1. What do you love about Melbourne and why do you think Melbourne is the perfect destination for an Aussie Staycation?
2. Who did you bring with you on your Melbourne staycation and why?
3. Can you tell us a bit about your stay at the Hilton Little Queens St Melbourne?
4. What was the most memorable part about your hotel stay?
5. Overall what was the highlight of your trip?
6. What makes Melbourne different from other Aussie cities?
7. What are your top 3 recommendations for anyone planning a trip to Melbourne?
8. Do you have any other staycation trips planned? Where would you go?

1. What do you love about Melbourne and why do you think Melbourne is the perfect destination for an Aussie Staycation?

Food, diversity and culture. There's just no place quite like Melbourne's vibe anywhere else in the world. From the perspective of a foodie, you could go on a round-the-world trip in a day and taste every cuisine in every corner of Melbourne, and it tastes very, very authentic. Melbourne is the perfect staycay for people who love a laidback city getaway. If you love food, bars, street art and unique city experiences - Melbourne needs to be on your bucket list.

Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Image: Melbourne Laneways by HangrybyNature

2. Who did you bring with you on your Melbourne staycation and why?

My partner-in-crime, Andy, of course. He's my video guy and just all-round fave companion and best friend. We also bring our kids on certain occasions - they love the Melbourne city life as much as we do.

3. Can you tell us a bit about your stay at the Hilton Little Queens St Melbourne?

Could Hilton LQS get any more Melbourne? We loved how they built the hotel seamlessly into a heritage-listed building. It's so Melbourne because the entrance is so unassuming (like so many places in Melbourne) but once you walk inside, you get greeted with this grandeur like you've stepped back in time but then you look closer and you realise you haven't because there are these beautiful modern touches to the hotel.

Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Image: Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street by HangrybyNature

The Douglas Club has this roaring 20s feel with cocktails that really pack a punch. The Pina Colada with a Melbourne twist is a must-try. That one was our favourite!

We also loved dining at Luci, which fused modern Australian food with Italian cuisine. The Hiramasa Kingfish and dry aged duck breast are *chefs kiss*.

4. What was the most memorable part about your hotel stay?

How can I narrow it down to one memory? That's a tough one. I would say our tour of the "Money Can't Buy Room" definitely wowed us and it's so cool that you can't book the room, making it super mysterious. We definitely loved taking the self-guided tour and finding out more about the history of the property, buuuut.. If it comes down to it all, the food was definitely the most memorable part.

Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Image: "Money Can't Buy Room" at the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street by HangrybyNature

From the tasty and refreshing cocktails (that got me tipsy after 3 sips) to our incredible dinner and hotel breakfast, we absolutely loved the dining options at Hilton LQS.

5. Overall what was the highlight of your trip?

Exploring our own city. We stumbled upon new street art pieces (in Melbourne they're ever-changing), found new laneways, and got to eat at places we'd always been meaning to try. Melbourne city never gets boring and each time we go to the city, we find something new. There's no better way to discover Melbourne than to stay in the city and uncover all the nooks and crannies.

Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Image: Street Art in Fitzroy and Brunswick by HangrybyNature

6. What makes Melbourne different from other Aussie cities?

Melbourne reminds me of Berlin. It's not the most aesthetic or prettiest city in Australia, but what our city lacks in looks, it makes up for in food, arts and culture. I'm not being biased because we live here, but we truly have the best food in the world and unique experiences that you won't find in any other city in Australia.

7. What are your top 3 recommendations for anyone planning a trip to Melbourne?

  1. Research ALL the food places. Plan your itinerary around where you want to eat.
  2. When in doubt, always book a longer trip. There's so much to see, eat and experience in the city.
  3. Book a trip back. We've lived here all our lives and keep returning to the city every week to try new places.

Melbourne Staycation with HangrybyNature

Image: Humble Rays by HangrybyNature

8. Do you have any other staycation trips planned? Where would you go?

We'd love to visit more cities in Australia and uncover some of the most compelling things to do and places to eat in each place. We're thinking Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and, of course, Sydney in the near future.