Nightcap Social Opens in Melbourne: Royal Hotel by Nightcap Social
In the Melbourne suburb of Essendon, the Royal Hotel has undergone renovations to now offer accommodation by Nightcap Social. It’s our second hotel under the Nightcap Social name, and it is an exciting one. There are 18 rooms in total, 6 with ensuites and 12 with shared facilities. Just 100m from the Essendon Train Station, you’ll have the entire city of Melbourne within arm’s reach. Equally, we’re a short drive from Tullamarine Airport and Essendon Airport, so convenient for visitors from afar.
As renovations were underway, we found “Glen Iris” bricks which were stamped with the Olympic Rings and the year (1956) to commemorate the Olympics held in Melbourne that year. Though we don’t know exactly which year the hotel was built, it has a retro feel to it which we’ve emphasised in the fitout. With fresh rooms, a social space and a convenient location, Royal Hotel by Nightcap Social is the perfect place to stay on your next trip to Melbourne.
Here’s our guide to the top 5 things to do in Essendon
Hop on the train, tram or bus and make your way to the Melbourne CBD. With laneways covered in art, great museums and attractions, shopping for any budget, restaurants, cafes and some of the best coffee, you’ll want to spend days wandering around the city. Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, offering something for everyone in any pocket of the city. With an easy and efficient public transportation system, it’s a breeze to get around Melbourne.
Melbourne’s international airport, Tullamarine is less than 15 km from Royal Essendon Hotel. For those travelling to, from or through Melbourne, Royal Hotel by Nightcap Social is the ideal spot to stay over. Tullamarine offers a variety of shops and restaurants inside, so you can save your souvenir buying for the very last minute and grab a meal while you wait for boarding.
Essendon Fields (DFO + Airport)
While Essendon Fields Airport offers regional and corporate jet aviation, the Essendon Fields shopping precinct has some of the best retail shops in the city. The DFO & Homemaker Center is home to over 100 international and national brands, offering up to 70% off designer wares. You can find everything you need in one place for men, women, children, homeware and more. Take a look at their website before heading in so you can plan your day ahead of time. Or just head to the shops and just see where the wind blows you.
Moonee Valley Racecourse
The iconic Moonee Valley Racing Club has a rich history dating back to its opening back in 1883. It’s best known for the W.S. Cox Plate, Australasia’s Weight-for-Age Championship, as well as being part of the annual Spring Racing Carnival. When there aren’t races on, the Racecourse offers a premium space for special events and functions. Check out their website for more information on events and history of the Racecourse.
Melbourne Showgrounds & Flemington Racecourse
A sprawling events complex, Melbourne Showgrounds and Flemington Racecourse are two of the biggest attractions in the city of Melbourne. While Flemington Racecourse is best known for Spring Racing Carnival, it is also the ideal spot for a variety of functions and events in their numerous private rooms and spaces. Just next door to the Racecourse lies Melbourne Showgrounds, the biggest indoor/outdoor event space in the city. From day festivals to the Royal Show, the Showgrounds offers a blank canvas with amenities and facilities for a variety of large-scale events. Take a look at the website for Melbourne Showgrounds or Flemington Racecourse for more information on both.