Boutique reinvented as world’s first dessert-themed hotel

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Melbourne Adelphi, a 34-room boutique hotel, known for its glass-bottom swimming pool, has been re-invented as a “dessert-themed” hotel.

Sweet couple, head chef Christy Tania, aided and abetted by Pierrick Boyer, will preside over the concoction of confectionery for the new 40-seat dessert restaurant and bar, Om Nom, which opens today.

The Ezard restaurant continues to trade in the basement. The ninth-floor pool deck will be refurbished in April with a bar, a barbecue area and possibly a small cinema.

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The dessert theme sums through the hotel with the lobby features jars of lollies with bowls of toffee apples at reception, guest room fridges full of free sweets including ‘fairy floss’ and popcorn, and the turn-down service will deliver home-made macaroons to rooms every night.

The hotel’s furnishings include cakes-patterned carpets and licorice all-sorts stools.

Designer Fady Hachem says: “The colours and textures of the hotel are all based off desserts. But it’s not weird. It’s not too out there. It’s very comfortable and done subtly.”

New owner is Icon Hotels Group whose managing director Dion Chandler was manager of the hotel for the previous owner, the Gabriel Hotels Group, for four years before it went into liquidation in February.

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