We stayed here for 3 nights in a Balcony Suite room, having booked through needitnow.com.
The position of this gorgeous boutique hotel is fabulous. Having come from Sydney, Fitzroy Street can best be described as Macleay St Kings Cross meets Bondi. There are several fabulous restaurants within a five minute walk, you can't go past Cuore Cafe, 49 Fitzroy St for stunning Northern Italian food or breakfast at the St Kilda Baths.. We also heard Lau's Family Kitchen is worth a visit but they don't seem to take bookings so you'd need to get in early.
The room itself was vibrantly decorated, clean and a reasonable albeit cosy size. The balcony overlooks Fitzroy street, so the rumbling of trams and general street noise is reasonably audible in the room. Nothing that earplugs won't fix at night, and a small price to pay for being in the thick of the action.
The staff seemed friendly, there were DVD's available to rent from reception for $3-5 and the room was made up quickly in the morning.
There is 4 hour on-street parking during the day, and all-night unmetered parking at night a block behind the hotel. Trams stop right out the front and run regularly to the city.
Would definitely recommend this hotel to young couples and anyone wanting to stay in a friendly, vibrant location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once an art gallery, cafe and private residence of flamboyant Melbourne artist Mirka Mora and her husband Georges, the Tolarno Hotel has always been a creative space in St Kilda. The tradition continues at Tolarno Hotel. In a salute to the charismatic Mirka, the hotel’s walls and halls are hung with striking artworks by emerging and accomplished artists, 150+ works in total including a number of Mirka’s – guest’s often comment that it’s like staying in an art gallery. Today our 4 star hotel awards 3 major student art prizes via the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Monash University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the yearly winners are exhibited in the hotel foyer for 12 months. Many of the artworks in guest rooms are prize-winning student paintings; the remainder are works by prominant local artists. Combine these striking surrounds with our friendly service, well-appointed rooms and suites and location in the heart of St Kilda’s dining and entertainment precinct and you have a stay like no other. With trams just a 30-second walk from our front door offering easy access to Melbourne’s CBD attractions, shopping, restaurants, events and business precinct, you’re connected to everything the city has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Melbourne
- Tolarno Hotel St Kilda, Greater Melbourne