Royce Hotel Melbourne
379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Photo courtesy of Royce Hotel
Royce HotelIn the 1920s and 1930s, this heritage-listed property on tree-lined St. Kilda Road was a glamorous automobile showroom that sold the ultimate of luxury symbols, the Rolls-Royce. Now it peddles another sort of luxury good: the boutique hotel stay. In its impressive lobby, the Royce Hotel honors its art deco heritage with a striking arched ceiling in imitation hammered gold, along with fastidiously restored wrought-iron chandeliers. A zebra rug, curved mirrored walls, and a sweeping staircase add bold, contemporary design accents. Some of the property’s 100 rooms and suites feature two levels and soaring bay windows, while others offer kitchenettes, spa baths, and balconies with views of the city skyline. The hotel’s chic 100-seat restaurant, Dish, serves contemporary Australian dishes, including grilled steaks prepared from a selection of local grass-fed beef, while its aptly named Amberoom showcases an amber-lit bar and shimmering beaded curtain wall. There’s no lack of green space nearby: The hotel is situated between the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park, while buzzy South Yarra is about a 15-minute walk away.