The Prince

St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia Book from Book from £103 per night

Art-Deco delight in St Kilda’s hip bay area: stylish rooms, 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 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, private dinners and cocktail parties, 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. Neighbouring Acland also has interesting bars, cafés and shops. In the sweltering summer months, the nearby beachfront is a top spot for people-watching, and the local street 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 2018
  • Gorgeous breakfasts: porridge with rhubarb and hazelnut; smoked ocean trout on sourdough; banana bread with local honey
  • 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

    The restaurant is currently closed for refurbishment, but is due to reopen in September 2018

  • 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

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
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 39
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • 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 refurbed in 2018 to preserve the hotel's lovely art deco features. Soft pastel colours and photographs by Melbourne artists decorate the walls, handmade oak chairs and plump sofas create comfy hangout spaces, and light pours in. Brass pendants and lamps, plus Kevin Murphy bath products, add to the splendour.

Top of the pile are Corner Suites, which have super-stylish open-plan lounges and private balconies. Superior Rooms are equally 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.

Features include:

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

Eating

Breakfast is a delight, 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 Street Cantina is open from 5pm-2am for tangy margaritas, tacos and late-night chilli hot dogs. 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.

There's also a private dining and event space comprising an atrium bar, dining room and balcony room available for dinners, private parties and weddings. It is currently closed for refurbishment, but is due to reopen soon under the new name of Loudon. Watch this space...

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • 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 hotel's Bandroom has hosted everyone from the Scissor Sisters to Goldfrapp and Coldplay
  • 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:

Location

The Prince is located on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Acland Street in St Kilda, an inner-city beach suburb 25 minutes by tram from the centre of Melbourne.

By Air:
Melbourne Tullamarine (30km) and Melbourne Avalon (50km) are the nearest airports - click on the links below for a list of airlines serving them. You can hire a car from either airport, taxis are plentiful, and the hotel can arrange a private transfer. Alternatively, you can take the Skybus from the airport to the nearby Novotel hotel, and from there it is a 4-minute walk to the hotel.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Australia and getting around

Airports:

  • Melbourne Tullamarine 30.0 km MLB
  • Melbourne Avalon 50.0 km AVA

Other:

  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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