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
Fantastic boutique motel in good position on the edge of the city centre. Room was lovely. Staff were friendly and helpful. Restaurant food was very good. Parking was in next door security car park for $23 per day.
This is a lovely boutique hotel with old world charm in a perfectly convenient location close to the free city tram, museums, and restaurants. Our room was very clean, quiet, the beds were very comfortable, and with their top notch friendly staff our 5-night stay was truly unforgettable. Kezia, Kara, Simone, and Scott went above and beyond to meet all of our needs. They were all thoughtful, caring, and helpful to insure we were enjoying our stay. They were knowledgeable and helpful when planning our excursions which were also amazing! Thank you all for making our stay so memorable!
A Melbourne girl through and through, so every so often will spend a long weekend as a tourist in Melbourne and the Hotel Lindrum is where we always stay. A small boutique hotel never over crowded and has an intimate feel about it. It is located in the city but at the edge so close to everything but close enough to walk to the Art Centre, museums, parks and public transport. Service is always excellent, rooms nice and comfortable and food not bad.