My family (wife and I + 21yr old daughter & 19yr old son) stayed for one night to attend a wedding at a function room on the St.Kilda foreshore. The hotel is located on busy Fitzroy street in the heart of the restaurant and bar area. It's only a 15 minute tram ride to the heart of the city or a 10 minute stroll to the beach. There is no parking at the hotel however they provide a voucher for a nearby car park for $7 dollars a day which they add to your bill. The balcony rooms right on Fitzroy street can get a lot of noise but we were well back from the street and didn't hear a thing. Check in was smooth and efficient. The hotel has quite a striking colour scheme of deep blue, purple and burgandy and there is an amazing stained glass window on the main staircase. There are dozens of local artworks lining the walls and it really is like living in a gallery. It is an old building that was not originally a hotel so the rooms are all different shapes and sizes Our room had a queen bed, small kitchenette area and a smallish bathroom with basin, shower and toilet. The kids room was slightly larger with a double bed and a king single. Both rooms also had a bar fridge full of the usual beers, wines etc. It is very different to the standard hotels I am used to staying at I really liked the feel of the place. If the Tolarno was was located in Barcelona or Milan we would all be writing home and telling everyone how amazing it is and it has inspired me to start looking for more alternative type accommodation in future. One of Melbourne's best kept secrets.
- 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