Me and a Group of friends went to Melbourne for a long weekend and booked The Lyall since it was featured in the Tablet Hotels website and the location and reviews were not bad. We stayed at the super deluxe 2 bedroom suite with a rate per night of 538 AUD (550 usd). The room basically fits 4 adults, there is a small living room with a huge tv, dining table and kitchen, common bathroom with bathub, separate bedroom and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower.
On the plus side:
Location! It was our first time in Melbourne and we totally loved South Yarra… The Lyall is walking distance to Toorak and Chapel street… the street is beautiful and easy to get to the South Yarra Train Station or Tram 8 to CBD… The service at the hotel was warm at attentive at all times and the common areas of the hotel have a luxurious feel… They provide dvds to watch in your room. The suggestions from the guys at front desk were super good and they are certainly knowledgeable about South Yarra and Melbourne in general.
On the negative side:
Not really negative, but worth noting for a hotel of this price: the room has definitely seen better days… they were comfortable and cosy, but had a common feeling to it… bed was good and sheets as well… bathrooms looked a bit tired as well and our rain-shower did not work and they installed a supplementary wall shower-head. Also, breakfast is not provided and there is no breakfast area to begin with. Some guests were having breakfast in the lobby, but it feels like improvised, just with pastries and canned/bottled juice at a hefty price. Actually I do not regret that they were not providing breakfast, since there are fantastic breakfast and coffee shops in the area… we tried the small coffee shop right in front, Café Republic on Toorak, Café Gaia on Avoca and Station and BK on Chapel… loved them all…
Overall, we enjoyed our stay but mainly because Melbourne is fantastic and the service in the Lyall was great. However, at that price range, we were expecting something else… in the future, if I go back to Melbourne, I would definitely stay again in South Yarra, but would try The Olsen (one of our initial options) or the Punthill Apartments… both are within 2 blocks of The Lyall but the price range is much more crisis-friendly…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let us pamper you. A true 5 Star service Boutique Hotel centrally located close to Toorak Road / Chapel Street shops and restaurants. Melbourne's only privately owned/operated luxury hotel with 40 one and two bedroom suites of contemporary oriental design. The Lyall Hotel and Spa's welcoming ambience attracts a discerning international clientele seeking genuine and professional service whether travelling for business or leisure. All suites have full length windows that open for fresh air and a balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lyall Hotel Melbourne
- Lyall Hotel Melbourne