Rooftop glamping is now a thing

One Melbourne man is taking glamping to the next level with his plan for a rooftop site.

Rooftop glamping is now a thing

You’ve heard of camping, and probably even the glamorous step up: glamping. Now, one Melbourne man has taken glamping to the next level with new rooftop glamping site, St Jerome's – The Hotel.

In something of a world first, Jerome Borazio has opened a five-star rooftop campsite in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD. Known for operating Melbourne city bar 1000£ Bend, Mr Borazio has chosen Melbourne Central’s expansive concrete rooftop as the site for the innovative venture.

Mr Borazio hopes the venture will breathe new life into the space, as the roof has regularly sat unused since Melbourne Central opened in 1991, with the owners unsuccessfully trying to find an ongoing use for the vast space above Lonsdale Street. General Manager, Justin Shannon, believes the plan will “create a truly special destination” for visitors.

The site has been transformed into a unique luxury overnight accommodation venue, which opened on 20 May, just ahead of the chilly Melbourne winter. But Mr Borazio is not worried about opening during the colder months, saying “the tents are of the highest standard in the world”.

Renting one of the 30 lodgings at St Jerome’s – The Hotel will not be an inexpensive affair. Prices are around the $330 mark, on par with other high-end accommodation options in the CBD. Mr Borazio acknowledges prices will be competitive, adding, “we are looking for someone with a spirit of adventure and wanting the unique experience of staying in a tent on a rooftop in the middle of a city”.

What do you think of this idea? Would you want to go glamping on a rooftop in the city?

Read more at The Age.


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    30th May 2015
    $330 a night ?!? In a tent, on a roof, in Melbourne, IN WINTER ?!! .............................'Tell him, he's dreaming' :)
    Judy in the hills
    30th May 2015
    Anyone doing this should be taken straight to a mental asylum surely?
    Polly Esther
    30th May 2015
    $330 in a tent? on a cold windy rooftop? How intense could that be? (pun intended) You may well be escorted to a mental asylum, a bit cheaper to stay there as well.
    30th May 2015
    If it has beautiful rooftop gardens surrounding each individual tent , and great views , it could work . The price won't work though - much too expensive for most people who enjoy camping.
    30th May 2015
    What about the ensuite?
    30th May 2015
    A 'challenging' visit to the edge of the building roof ?? :)
    31st May 2015
    I live up north and have a rooftop. I would love more info about the tents, because you average tent would blow away.

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