“Classy urban retreat in South Melbourne, with a lively bar, top-class bistro and 15 stylish rooms”
Coppersmith’s bijou white bedrooms are somewhat minimalist, but elevated by luxe touches and freestanding designer pieces. All but one are Queen Bedrooms; compact but with comfy queensize beds and desk space. iPod docks and recordable TV are a treat, as is the Nespresso machine.
Ensuite bathrooms are sleek and streamlined, with rainhead showers and organic Appelles toiletries. Ghd hair straighteners are available on request; a nice touch.
Room 9 has a tiny balcony. Two rooms are specially designed for disabled access and have bigger bathrooms. The popular King Bedroom has big corner windows, more floor space, a bathroom filled with natural light, and generous views of Clarendon Street. Order room service from the bistro downstairs - the ultimate way to unwind at the end of a busy day.
Copper, glass and marble twinkle against muted hues of wood and leather in the classy bistro, which retains the traditional feel of a welcoming pub. The menu is inventive and changes frequently, created from seasonal and local produce - we loved our slow-cooked pork, black fig salad and duck from the Great Ocean Road. Leave room for puddings, too: the lemon meringue soufflé with Chantilly cream is a smasher. You’ll find comfort and seasonal goodness on the bar-snack menu - fish pie, burgers, that sort of thing.
Breakfasts are worth lingering over, the exciting menu changing frequently. Perhaps duck egg, comte and chive quiche, or almond pancakes with maple frozen yoghurt. There are always eggs cooked to your liking, and a healthy Bircher museli, and you can have breakfast served in-room for no extra cost.
Coppersmith is aimed at adults, though babysitting can be arranged with 12 hours' notice and highchairs are available in the bistro. Kids up to the age of 12 stay for free in parents' room.
Babies (0-1 years)
The King Bedroom can fit an extra bed or baby cot, as can the Queen Access Bedrooms.