Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Faithful heritage features such as original timber floors, a restored billiards table and various memorabilia
- Cozy bar with sumptuous furnishings, fireplace and wine
- Intimacy and warmth, topped up by friendly staff
What To Know
- A low-lit subdued hotel suitable for couples
- Gym facilities are at the nearby cousin hotel Sofitel Melbourne, on Collins, which has no pool
- High tea is served on Sundays only; head to the Sofitel for a daily dose
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Originally built as a Romanesque Revival tea house in 1900, the four-story red brick beauty also served as a billiards hall before its transformation into one of Melbourne’s first boutique hotels, in 1999. Award-winning interior design outfit Bates Smart was let loose in 2013 for a refresh. The results: earthy tones, dark timbers and crisp whites bathed in mood lighting.
Bed and Bath
The high ceilings and timber floors extend to the guestrooms, where woven mushroom-colored carpeting edges the bed and softens the tread. Large silk chenille headboards, set against natural grass wallpaper, prop up your pillow menu choice. The bathrooms have shower-bath combos with white tiles and stone, timber floors and a platter of organic Appelles Apothecary products.
The dark-timbered Felt restaurant (named after the cloth on a billiard table), on the ground floor, mostly takes its cues from local seasonal produce. The generous breakfast options include fresh fruit, artisanal breads and eggs. Tiered afternoon teas are served on Sunday, and the nightly dinner offerings further showcase the gastronomy cred of Melbourne, where “grass fed” and “free range” are just the norm. Adjacent to Felt is the intimate fireside cocktail bar, the billiard room, and the reception/lounge area, which supplies T2 teas and good espresso all day.
In the Area
Melbourne’s cultural soul is usually accessed via its laneways. Only a skip away, Flinders Lane spills over with commercial art galleries, including Craft, which offers limited edition artworks and homewares. Next door, fashionable types feast on all-day modern Australian cuisine at Cumulus Inc. and savor more art in the building’s galleries. For smaller confines, head to Tom Thumb (53 Flinders Lane), a tiny espresso bar, to indulge in this city’s serious coffee affair. For more buzz, visit Degraves Steet and Angel Place. Off Flinders Lane, bold graffiti and stencil art fills all of cobbled Hosier Lane, which houses the small bar Misty. And behind the hotel, on Spark Lane, Melbourne’s multiculturalism is celebrated by a 50-foot-tall street art mural.
How to Get There
A bijou Hotel well situated up the top end of Flinders St. Our room was compact but comfortable - a great bed, good tv with a reasonable selection of channels and an adequate bath room ( the shower is over the bath which may not suit some ). The decor is a little tired and dated but overall it suited the style of building.
The a/c was not adequate to cope with the 40 degree day of our stay. The room was very quiet - always important.
Breakfast was a very basic buffet and adequate if included as part of the room rate but not worth the price if having to pay extra. Service at breakfast was almost non existent.
Overall, the Lindrum represents good value for money if looking for a base to explore Melbourne’s CBD.
The Hotel Lindrum was the last night of our 3 week honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand. We arrived on a particularly wet day, soaked to the bone and just looking to drop our bags at the hotel. It was only 11 am, but our room was ready and they let us check in so that we could take a shower and relax. The room was gorgeous, the bed extremely comfortable, and the shower pressure was great. The staff went out of their way to make sure that we had a great experience. From the early check-in, to searching out a lunch recommendation, to the sleep-time tea and chocolate they left in our room for the evening, and of course finally the plate of desserts they provided to congratulate us on our honeymoon. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay the last night of our vacation.
Pleasant stay at this hotel. Room was a decent size and the bathroom was very good.
The bed was so comfy!
Location is excellent, next to a tram stop (inside the free tram circuit).
The atmosphere is cozy, the staff was very friendly.
We stayed for my husband's birthday last week. There was a plate of cakes waiting for him. So nice. He loved playing on the full sized billiards table. Our room was huge, immaculate & comfortable. Service is excellent.
Lovely big room and I think the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Good service with nice extra touches - cookies and tea satchel left on our beds each night. The only suggestion I can make for improvement is additional savoury choices for continental breakfast. I found the selections leaned toward the sweet side with pastries, cereals, yoghurts, toast with jam spreads but not many savoury options. Coffee was perfection! Good location for MCG, Rod Laver etc. We were heading to a concert at Hisense with the venue in easy walking distance or short tram ride.