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United Places

157 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
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United Places

Why we love it: An all-suite design-forward boutique hotel across from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

The Highlights:
- Melbourne chef Scott Picket helms the wood-fired restaurant
- 12 large suites with contemporary design
- Partnerships with makers like Le Labo bath products, Sullivan Cove Distillery, and Szilvassy Ceramics

The Review:
Understated yet luxe design is on display at this all-suite boutique hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighborhood, directly across from the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. Each of the 12 suites has a furnished balcony, fully equipped kitchenette, a seating area with midcentury-inspired chairs, Loom Turkish blankets and towels, and Le Labo toiletries. The minbar is filled with local produce and rare single malt whiskey from lauded Tasmanian distillery Sullivan Cove. If you’re in the two-bedroom suites, get ready for a voyeuristic bathing experience, thanks to a large black sunken bath that’s tucked into the terrace and hidden behind charcoal-tinted glass. Take in sweeping views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and city skyline from the edge of your tub.

A highlight is the ground floor restaurant Matilda, fronted by acclaimed Melbourne chef Scott Pickett (of Saint Crispin, Estelle, and ESP). The restaurant’s menu focuses on dishes fired over an open flame and its contemporary design features rich timber panels, leather banquettes, and custom-made wooden tables. Hotel guests can opt to dine at the restaurant or eat the privacy of your suite, with the table set by the butler for a full restaurant experience. Mornings begin with a specially curated breakfast delivered, complimentary, to your suite.