Royce Hotel 375-385 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Nestled amongst the autumn leaves of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance is Royce Hotel, an art-deco boutique hotel with plenty to offer.
Its close proximity to the Shrine of Remembrance and Botanical Gardens aren’t the only bonuses of the Royce Hotel’s location. The National Gallery of Victoria, Fitzroy Park, Albert Park Lake, as well as the many clothing boutiques, cafés and restaurants that Melbourne has to offer are just a short walk or tram ride away.
Housed in an ex-showroom of the car brand, it is clear where many of the features of the original building remain. From the bright and colourful European tiles, the sweeping central staircase and to the intricately detailed cornices, there is a sense of glamour and grandeur at this hotel, not dissimilar to how one would describe the luxury car brand which this hotel obtains its name from.
Comprised of a variety of different rooms, I was hosted in a ground-floor Loft Suite. This suite was uniquely decorated with a lounge, work desk, mini-bar and washroom downstairs. A king-size bed and a second bathroom upstairs in the loft area. The size of the room was impressive and the sense of spaciousness was accentuated with several features. High ceilings and huge two-story windows bathed the suite in natural light during the day. Sleep-ins were encouraged with great blackout curtains that made it difficult to tell exactly what time of the day it was outside.
Royce Hotel has an on-site restaurant – Dish – as well as a bar named The Amberoom. Dish was pleasantly located alongside St Kilda Road, and it was enjoyable to watch the people, cyclists and trams passing by. Breakfast at Dish provided a wide variety of selections. I was able to try a few of the items on the menu and all their dishes were delicious. In-room continental breakfast was also available, especially to those who want to experience breakfast in bed. Additional features of Royce Hotel include a Grand Ballroom, Gym and a whole host of Meeting Rooms, making Royce Hotel it an ideal place to stay for different types of guests.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Royce Hotel over the weekend, and I would recommend it to those who are looking for a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD in one of the finest boutique hotels that this city is well-known for.
*My stay was sponsored by Royce Hotel, but all opinions are my own. For more information about this hotel, please visit http://www.roycehotel.com.au/