I just stayed three nights at the Hotel Tolarno, over the Grand Prix weekend. I thought it was excellent. St Kilda is a noisy place, sometimes unruly and, over a GP weekend, crowded. In spite of this, the hotel itself was pretty quiet. There are two things that really stand out about the Tolarno. 1. The reception staff are super. Polite, helpful and considerate. You just can't fault them. 2. The art. There are some cracking paintings in the corridors.
The hotel is a bit tatty here and there, but that's part of its charm. It's a great place to stay. If you're looking for 5 star, this isn't it, but if you're looking for somewhere you can trust the people and feel cared for, go to the Tolarno.
- 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