“Art-Deco delight in St Kilda’s hip bay area: an award-winning restaurant, an incredible spa and live music await”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available