“A chic hotel and spa in glamorous South Yarra, which has perfected the boutique formula”
What better way to end a Melbourne day that by wallowing in a deep luxurious bathtub, stepping out onto underfloor heating, then mixing a cocktail to enjoy on your private teak-furnished balcony?
All the suites are really well equipped with a kitchen area and a plush lounge; we found the taupe and white colour scheme a little bland, but it's certainly smart, and the artwork, Eastern fabrics and trendy lamps add a touch of style.
As for the bedrooms, they vary in size (ours was quite small) but all are expertly appointed with large wardrobes, another TV and a pillow menu (choose from hypoallergenic to goose down!). Windows are full length and openable. Some suites have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, as well as a balcony with rooftop views. There are also 5 studio rooms which are rented only as an add-on to the suites.
There's an inventive a la carte breakfast/brunch menu, including their signature Lyall Omelette with oven roasted tomatoes, basil, spring onions and Brie. For the more calorie conscious, there's bircher muesli with organic apple juice, raspberry relish and toasted almonds. You can order breakfast to your room or take it in the elegant surroundings of Bistro Lyall.
Each suite has a kitchenette with a washer/dryer (in most suites), dishwasher, stove and a fridge freezer stocked with so many goodies we almost had to put a lock on it to keep our other half out - vintage cheddar, delectable biscuits, Lindt chocolate and even sinful ice cream.
For quieter nights, there's 24-hour room service - salads, sandwiches, frittata and the like - and the Champagne Bar is a great place to spend an evening.
However, it would be a shame to miss out on the dazzling array of eateries on your doorstep, from Chinese to Italian, Greek, Korean and Mexican. The hotel owners personally recommend some of their favourite restaurants in the compendium found in your room.