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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Very well appointed boutique hotel conveniently located to restaurants and shopping in the S.Yarra district. The hotel staff are personable and ready to help with any requirement that you might have. My wife spent time in the spa and rated it the best spa experience she has had. If you are in Melbourne and are looking for a hotel experience a cut above the chain hotels, the Lyall is the place to go.
This hotel for me had a great location. Across the road from one of the best italian restaurants and close to Chapel Street shopping. Rooms are very generous in size and comfortable. A little outdated but I really didn't mind. Disappointed that the "champagne lounge" only had 1 bubbles by the glass which was not from France. I had a spa treatment and massage and it was fantastic, I was well looked after. Photos don't really do justice.
Great location and quite. While getting old and showing signs of wear it was well maintained and clean with a charm to it. While they advertise on site parking there are so few spots as to be a joke. You either have to park in the street which has 1hour limits and is full of locals with permits or park further away in council car parks if you can find a spot. Disappointing they do not state this upfront.
The Lyall used to be the boutique place to stay in the Sth Yarra area. It is now in desperate need of an update, with the arrival of the Art hotels into the area.
Stayed for a few nights for business. Was kindly upgraded to a 2br apartment, however didn’t need the extra space.
- Great location on leafy street. Must go to nearby restaurant, France Soir, for the best dinner and wine list. Book in advance.
- Friendly staff.
- Free upgrade to 2br room with kitchenette and lounge was nice.
- Fittings and styling very dated.
- Shower head not high enough (I am 6’3”).
Our room was very spacious with all the first class amenities you would expect. Wifi was great, no issues whatsoever. A lovely quiet location but only 100m from Toorak Road eateries and a short walk or tram ride to bustling Chappel Street.
The big plus was the outstanding service, at all levels, from the staff who were always pleasant and helpful.