Blog 215

Bringing you the latest Bell City news, Melbourne hot spots, wedding trends, event planning inspiration, tips for family travel and more!

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This summer in Melbourne

Local Area

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, there’s so much to see and do in Melbourne this summer. In fact, there are so many things happening, you may not know where to start. To help, we’ve put together a list of this season’s best attractions, sure to deliver a great experience.

 

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What’s on in Melbourne this NYE

Bell City news, Local Area

The countdown to 2016 is officially on! From an old school RnB night to classy cocktail parties, family-friendly dining, fireworks and everything in between–we’ve tracked the best New Year’s Eve parties in Melbourne, certain to deliver a night to remember.

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Planning guide for festive celebrations

Conferences and Events

If you’ve found yourself in charge of organising this year’s festive celebration, no doubt you’ll want to make sure it’s filled with Christmas cheer. Don’t know where to start? Follow our 9 step planning guide and make this year one to remember!

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Meet our win a wedding couple

Weddings

“We will never forget the day we received the phone call that changed our lives. We have been engaged for 10 years now and unable to afford a wedding. Winning our wedding at Bell City has been a dream come true. It was like winning the lottery!”

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The top 7 hidden bars in Melbourne

Local Area

It’s in the concealed corners of our great city where Melbournians like to drink. The best of Melbourne bars are hidden behind closed-doors, upstairs, in-between buildings, underground and in secret laneways. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to bring to you Melbourne’s top 7 hidden bars.

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A shopaholic’s guide to Melbourne

Local Area

From designer fashion to independent boutiques, shopping arcades and quirky laneways, Melbourne is truly a shopaholic’s dream – and when you need an energy boost from all of the calorie-burning, there is no shortage of cute coffee shops and eateries.

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The ultimate Father’s Day gift guide

Bell City news

Stumped on what to buy dad this Father’s Day? Ties, socks and jocks are great, but we know you can do better. This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 6th September, which means you have a little less than two weeks to find dad the perfect gift.

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Gourmet Melbourne for kids

For the kids, Local Area

Need a safe haven for your little ones that includes delicious food and coffee for you? Say no more! We’ve compiled a list of fun, kid-friendly cafes and restaurants for you to explore with your little (or big) tackers.

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Top 5 things to do in Melbourne’s winter

Local Area

The cold weather has never stopped Melburnians from getting out and about, given the changeable and unexpected nature of every other season throughout the year. On that note; we give to you our top five things to do in Melbourne this winter.

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To DIY, or not to DIY, that is the question

Weddings

We know that you’re a smart, dedicated and organised bride; but you are not superwoman. You can’t be a cake maker, florist and caterer. Before deciding which wedding projects to tackle on your own, first consider our list of DIY dos and dont’s.

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Top tips for your next sports function

Conferences and Events

Whether you’ve planned a dozen sports club functions or are fairly new to the process, planning an event is hard work. From your season launch to information session, cocktail party or presentation night – our top tips will ensure your event is a roaring success.

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Mother’s Day gifts for your one & only

Bell City news

Stuck for a great idea for Mum this year? Fear not – we’ve compiled a list of unique Mother’s Day gift ideas sure to help. From the perfect pamper package to wine of the month, cooking classes and hot springs – we’ve got you covered this Mother’s Day.

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Bell City to Brunswick Street

Local Area

You don’t need to venture far from Bell City’s doorstop to experience Melbourne’s renowned vibrant culture. Join us on an adventure from Bell City to Brunswick Street, passing through Melbourne’s largest collection of street art with our guide to route 86 tram.

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Meet Bell City Chauffeur Nathan

Bell City news

With a passion for helping others and making guests smile, Bell City’s right-hand man Nathan shares with us his top travel tips for first-time visitors to Melbourne, and his inspirations working in the hospitality industry.

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The best day trips from Melbourne

For the kids, Local Area

From the glorious Dandenong Ranges to white sandy beaches and the iconic Yarra Valley, Melbourne has so much to offer a day tripper. You can become a tourist this Easter holidays, all you need is a little inspiration.

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5 ways to be a better event manager

Conferences and Events

We understand just how much blood, sweat and tears goes into planning an event. Whether you’re organising a large scale exhibition or intimate board meeting, events management can be stressful and demanding. Take a deep breath; we’re here to help with five ways to be a better event manager.

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The ultimate hens planning list

Weddings

Bridesmaids, it’s your time to shine! It’s your bride-to-be’s last night out as a single lady, so it has to be legendary. This is a night she’ll remember for the rest of her life… no pressure. Have no fear – we are here with our top tips to planning the perfect hens.

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Planning your next conference or event

Conferences and Events

Whether you’ve organised a dozen events or are new to the process, planning a successful business meeting or conference is hard work. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a checklist to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.

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Future Bride wedding expo

Bell City news, Weddings

On Sunday February 22nd Bell City will come alive with all things bridal. Showcasing a selection of Melbourne’s most sought after wedding vendors; we invite brides-to-be, their friends and family to the Future Bride Wedding and Honeymoon Expo.

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Rebrand to Mantra and Breakfree

Bell City news

For those of you who didn’t know, on Wednesday January 14th 2015 Elanor Investors Group finalised the purchase of Bell City from Asian Pacific Group. Previously under the Rydges brand, our dual tower hotels have been rebranded as Mantra and BreakFree.

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What’s on in Melbourne for 2015

Bell City news, Local Area

Melbourne’s 2015 calendar of events is jam packed with international sports, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Here’s a snapshot of what you can look forward to this year as a Melbournian, or when visiting.

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Summer activity ideas for your family

For the kids

School holidays can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the activities you have planned for your family. We’ve compiled a list of fun-filled activities to keep everyone entertained.

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Meet Weddings Executive Stephanie

Weddings

With a strong passion for wedding planning, Stephanie King strives to bring her brides visions to life. She shares with us her tips for planning the perfect wedding, what’s trending in 2015 and her favourite parts of the job.

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The spirit of giving this Christmas

Bell City news

Christmas is undoubtedly the season of gifts however it’s also a time to reflect and consider those less fortunate. By giving a life-changing gift or donating some of your time you can bring a smile to those in need this festive season.

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Meet Executive Chef Steven Ginn

Bell City news

With a passion for the fine art of food presentation and developing creative menus, our new executive chef, Steven Ginn talks to us about his food inspirations and plans for CHILL Restaurant & Bar’s new menu.

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Inside guide to the northern suburbs

Local Area

You won’t need to venture far from Bell City’s doorstep to experience Melbourne’s famous culture; the abundant cafes and restaurants, bustling Northcote nightlife and the boutique shopping of High Street are all only a short tram ride away.

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Family fun this school holidays

For the kids

Running out of ideas to keep the kids occupied this school holidays? Blog 215 gives you our top 5 family fun activities to make sure you don’t hear those dreaded words this week, “I’m bored!”

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Plan your perfect wedding menu

Weddings
Often food is the first thing guests remember from any wedding. Lucky for you, planning the perfect wedding menu is easier than you think – with our help, we have no doubt you will wow your guests with a memorable feast.
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Finding the perfect wedding dress

Weddings

Embarking on the search for the perfect bridal gown? First, check out our top tips for finding your dream wedding dress. Every bride deserves to feel beautiful and the centre of attention; we want to help you get there.

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Social media tips for your next event

Conferences and Events

Whether you’re hosting a conference for 20 or 500, one key consideration is how to develop a strategic social media plan. Don’t panic – it’s not as hard as it sounds, we’re here to help.

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