The Lyall Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- Beautiful tree-lined street, walking distance to Melbourne’s best shopping and parks
- Bubbly at the buzzy champagne bar
- Award-winning spa with Australian-made Sodashi treatments
What To Know
- Children are welcome and stay free
- The Lyall’s exclusive Privilege Shopping Card gives you discounts at more than 20 local boutiques
- The hotel offers free bicycles for a spin along the Yarra or through the Botanical Garden
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There’s a welcoming, understated elegance to this 40-room hotel, tucked down a tree-lined side street off bustling Toorak Road. Inviting common spaces have cushy arm chairs fronting modern fireplaces arranged for tête-à-têtes. There’s just the slightest hint of bling in metallic fabrics, a nod to the models, celebs and sports stars that often call the Lyall their home-away-from-home.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 40 suites range in size from Deluxe one and two bedrooms to the lavish Grand Suites and vast rooftop Platinum Suite with two elegant fireplaces and an expansive outdoor terrace. The décor is contemporary casual with Australian-made furniture and opulent fabrics — think tufted upholstered headboards and luxe gold brocade duvets. There are clever inclusions such as gourmet mini bars, under floor heating in the bathrooms, two shower heads and mist-free mirrors.
The award-winning Lyall Spa features 100 percent natural, Australian-made Sodashi treatments. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the ground floor Bistro Lyall or a pre-dinner drink at the intimate Champagne Bar. There’s an on-site gym, but you’re more likely to want to stroll through the nearby Botanical Gardens, which has a popular lap that the locals call the Tan, or take a spin along the Yarra River on the hotel’s bikes.
In the Area
Take your plastic for a tour up Chapel Street, a showcase for prominent Australian fashion labels, with shops from Scanlan & Theodore, Sass & Bide and Zimmermann. Hungry? Melbourne is Australia’s foodie capital. Try local celeb chef George Calombaris’s Greco-Roman-inspired eatery Mama Baba, or, for decadent cakes and unusual handmade chocolates, check out Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio. For a drink, we like both Imperial and Speakeasy; the latter has a large wooden terrace that can be accessed from a graffiti-splashed cobblestone alley (via Commercial Road).
How to Get There
I stayed in a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite for three nights and cannot fault The Lyall, upon check-in I was offered a welcome drink. Now, the rooms are large enough so that one can freely move around without feeling confined (it even has a nice little balcony), for the size of the suite it was very well priced. It was nice to have a kitchenette, this allowed for a place to make a few drinks. The bed was also comfortable and is in a great location, not far from the CBD if you want to venture and experience the hustle and bustle.
I was ecstatic to find myself allocated to a corner suite looking onto Murphy Street. There were many windows this ensured it was bright and airy. Fortunately, construction has finished at the Lyall Residences so there were no interruptions during my stay.
As some constructive criticism, I note that some of the furnishings in the suite could be replaced, i.e chipped TV stand, somewhat dated dinning table, small coffee table and scratched De'Longhi kettle. However, this is not big enough to warrant a negative review by any means, doing so would only elevate the Lyall further.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Lyall to others and and will most definitely be back.
Stayed here two nights whilst visiting family as part of a longer trip. Exceeded my expectations. The staff were all friendly, helpful and professional. My flight arrived early (8.30am). My room wasn’t ready, but they found me a room to have a shower and change in, as I had a lunch to go to, and by the time returned my case was on my room . The decor is calm and sleek, the hotel is super clean, the rooms well designed, and I sleep very well both nights. What more could you ask. There was always a nice low key buzz in the lobby and little champagne bar, which was welcoming without being in your face like a big hotel lobby.
Discrete, rekaxibg, grown up and calm. Would definitely stay again.
Normally we are large chain hotel people, however on this trip to Melbourne we were kid free and had reservations at the renowned "Attica" restaurant, we wanted to stay closer to Ripponlea so we opted for the Lyall for its location and good reviews. The staff were very friendly, helpful and personable. The atmosphere of a boutique hotel is very different to the big chains. The decor and interiors were chic, designed for intimacy and in keeping with its location, being a stones throw away from up market Toorak. We were happy to find that the main shopping strip of South Yarra was only 30m from the front door with access to great coffee shops and shopping.
The room itself was a great size with everything you would need for an extended stay - small kitchenette, separate bedroom and bathroom. The bed was a little lumpy and the interiors of the bedroom and bathroom a little tired but as we were there only to stay 1 night it didn't really both us. There appeared to be construction going on next door but there was no noise by the time we checked in after 4pm - not sure if there is work still going on but there was scaffolding out the front and work zone taped off where cars would normally park. To the hotels credit there is a note about this work on their booking site so you are not surprised when you arrive.The hotel has a small car park and its first in best dressed. We arrived to late for a park onsite but we were able to find parking on the street quite easily. (Watch out though as its only 1 hour parking 8am - 6pm).
The clientele seem to be mature couples - the small restaurant/ champagne wine bar doesn't look like it accommodates many children so I would probably not stay here with kids. Overall, a good stay and has made me think twice about booking a well known hotel chain over what the boutique market can offer.
Gorgeous small Hotel in a great location, close to shops & restaurants.
Lovely bar area. Rooms comfortable and very well equipped kitchen, washing machine was out of order. Bathrooms could do with an update. Very nice staff.
This is a splendid boutique hotel With a friendly atmosphere where staff build a relationship with guests over the days. It has some building work going on but the hotel does everything to accommodate guests. Breakfast is excellent And there is a friendly accommodating service at the bar with sitting outside. The situation in South Yarra could not be better and we are giving this a five star billing. Refurbishment is planned to the rooms in times to come and that will make it even better