Shadow Play by Peppers: Melbourne's newest apartment-style luxury hotel

The typically dark song Shadow Play by the seminal, late 1970s British band, Joy Division, begins with the lyrics, "to the centre of the city in the night, waiting for you".

And Shadow Play by Peppers, Melbourne's newest luxury apartment-style hotel, is waiting for you, too, with a careful mix of both light and shade.

The hotel, which has been opened for just over a week, is situated not so much in the centre of the city but right beside it, in the middle of its still burgeoning Southbank arts and entertainment district, not far from the massive and dominant Crown Melbourne complex.

The Hecker Guthrie-designed Shadow Play by Peppers, with its one and two-bedroom grey and white-toned apartments with floor to ceiling windows, operates over nine floors inside the eponymous 46-storey glass tower.

It's the brainchild of luxury Melbourne property developer Jonathan Hallinan of BPM and leading architects Ellenberg Fraser.

The hotel apartments are more light than shade with the two-bedroom corner versions featuring small wintergarden-style balconies as well as kitchens and laundries.

Elsewhere, the public spaces such as the ground level Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar, the in-house restaurant showcasing Victorian produce, adjacent to reception, are suitably dark.

On the building's higher floors, there's a spacious guest lounge and library decorated with avant garde art and delivering panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.

Emerge from the shadows to the small heated pool and patio with arresting views of the city skyline across the Yarra and an adjoining gym, sauna and steam room.


Anthony Dennis stayed at a guest of the hotel and Visit Victoria. See;