The Prince

St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia Book from

Art-Deco delight in St Kilda’s hip bay area: an award-winning restaurant, an incredible spa and live music await
This unassuming gem, with views across Port Phillip Bay, packs a regal punch far above its weight. Home to one of Melbourne’s best restaurants and a late-night Mexican Cantina, it also has an iconic Public Bar and Bandroom that's hosted live performances by Coldplay and Scissor Sisters in its time. With so much on offer, it’s no surprise this is a perenially popular spot for celebrations, weddings and weekend escapes for couples and friends. And when quality downtime is on the menu, the Aurora Spa next door is the last word in pampering.

Just 25 minutes by tram from the city centre, the hotel is at the heart of St Kilda’s vibrant inner-city scene, on buzzy Fitzroy Street. In the sweltering summer months, the nearby beachfront is a top spot for people-watching, and the local café and bar scene is teeming with international flavours that reflect Melbourne’s immigrant history. The Prince, pure hotel royalty, reigns literally above it all.

Highs

  • 39 sleekly styled rooms, refurbed in early 2016
  • Gorgeous breakfasts: porridge with rhubarb and hazelnut; smoked ocean trout on sourdough; banana bread with local honey
  • Incredible fine dining in Circa, awarded the Aussie equivalent of 2 Michelin stars
  • Oysters on room service: always gets our vote
  • The setting: in a cool neighbourhood, a short stroll from the beach and an easy tram ride into the city

Lows

  • Breakfast isn't included in the rates
  • Noise from the Bandroom and Public Bar can spill over on weekends: bring ear plugs
  • St Kilda’s bohemian, edgy vibe may not be to all tastes
  • The indoor pool is located in function area The Deck, so is often closed for private events
  • Fitzroy Street is low on mid-week atmosphere but neighbouring Acland makes up for it with interesting bars, cafés and shops

Best time to go

December-February is the peak of Melbourne's summer season and the busiest time for local holidays. The quietest time to visit is over the Aussie winter from June-August, when temperatures drop and the city gets cosy. Spring and autumn are gorgeous seasons with warm temperatures. There's always something going on in Melbourne, from international sporting events to fashion weeks and conferences, so it's worth checking in advance before you book.

Our top tips

Take a refreshing dip in the iconic Sea Baths just over the road, and ride the rollercoaster at Luna Park - a historic amusement park dating back to 1912.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 39
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

There are 39 rooms, all different in shape and minimalist in backdrop, with whitewashed walls and wooden floors. Flair and personality are added by bright, retro-patterned rugs, quirky cushions and rattan lamps. There are Ren products in the bathrooms and big wardrobes - always a winner.

Superior Rooms are spacious, bright and airy with balconies and far-reaching views. Deluxe and Boutique Rooms are the smallest but are subsequently great value, and still have the sleek design of their bigger siblings. Double Deluxe rooms have 2 double beds, for 4 up to 4 guests.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

Dining at Circa - the jewel in The Prince's crown - is an experience to savour. Light floods in from sea-breeze balconies, service is flawless and the wine list is extraordinary. The menu is a dream of seasonal Pacific influences mixed with Australian flavour; we were blown away by oysters with cucumber and whey, bass grouper with burnt eggplant miso, and persimmon tartare with lemon-thyme honeycomb.

Breakfast is a delight, too, with imaginative dishes as well as the usual suspects. Try avocado on rye with goats' curd, and dukkah or coconut yoghurt with fresh fruits and granola.

The Acland St Cantina is open from 5pm-2am for tangy margaritas, tacos and late-night chilli hot dogs. Since our stay, they've also added POW in the Bandroom, an Asian-style kitchen serving up bang-bang chicken, short ribs and a range of cocktails. Or just prop up the iconic Public Bar, one of Melbourne’s best-loved watering holes for 75 years. Needless to say, the area is teeming with eateries; just ask reception for a tip.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Book into the Aurora Spa (well in advance) for a world-class pampering session. Their signature Kitya Karnu is award winning, with pure mineral salts and a cool river-stone ritual
  • Watch live music - the Bandroom has hosted everyone from the Scissor Sisters to Goldfrapp and Coldplay, and there are often free gigs in the Public Bar
  • The area is great for boutiques; try Seagulls for women's fashion or Scout for homewares
  • Laze on St Kilda's beach or do a lazy crawl of the outdoor cafés and bars along the front
  • On Sundays, visit the huge arts and crafts market on St Kilda’s Esplanade - perfect for finding a unique memento
  • Tram into Melbourne’s centre for incredible art at the National Gallery of Victoria, damn fine coffee, and the 130-year-old Queen Victoria Market spread over 2 blocks - you’ll find fresh produce, food stalls, clothing and bric-a-brac galore

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Historical sites
    • Live music
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome, though it's not an obvious hotel for families and there are no special facilities for kids. Baby cots are free to borrow and rollaway beds can be arranged at a small extra charge.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

On request.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
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