Adelphi: Yesterday & Today

Flinders Lane is a cultural feast—a rich source of inspiration, stimulation and a melting pot for cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants, bars, boutiques, ateliers, galleries, arcades and alleyways.

Linked to major transport and central to the thriving metropolis of Melbourne, ‘The Lane’ was once the heart of the nation’s lively ‘rag trade’. While wholesale operations have largely ceased, the heritage of the area lingers and the creative culture thrives.

A defining aspect of Flinders Lane’s latter-day development was the transformation of the Adelphi building. Built in 1938, it operated as a soft goods warehouse, until it was purchased in the late 80s by visionary architects, Denton Corker Marshall, and converted into an utterly unique boutique hotel. Its startling aesthetic was designed as an antidote to the staid luxury of hotels the world over. Bold and provocative, it attracted acclaim, fame and high profile guests throughout the 90s.

Today, Adelphi is a world class boutique hotel—it’s decadent and playful at every turn.