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
Great location, comfy mattress, very quiet. A/C worked well and there was a good sized bar fridge, kettle and coffee press with proper coffee. Friendly staff and quick check-in and out. Would stay here again, definitely.
We had the good fortune to stay at Hotel Lindrum one night then hurry off for a few days then come back for 3 more nights. The hotel is lovely. Immaculate rooms, wonderful pillows, great food in the restaurant, cozy seating by the bar, and a beautiful billiard table. The winner here however is the staff. They have been top notch. Special shout out to Catherine the overnight front desk agent. She went above and beyond at 5 am to be sure we were happy and that I had a coffee for the road. The general manager seemed ever present and ALL the restaurant and desk staff provided five star service. Oops...housekeeping too. Well done Hotel Lindrum
The accommodation is excellent. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The room was well appointed, the bed just so comfy. A pillow menu is available if needed. The location is excellent for Rod Laver arena and Margaret Court arena. Breakfast in the Felt restaurant was excellent catering for Celiacs (Gluten Free)
Hotel Lindrum is located on Flinders Street in central Melbourne just 5 minutes walk from Federation Square and Flinders Street railway station. It's a small boutique hotel, clean, relatively quiet (given how close it is to many key Melbourne land marks) and well maintained. The staff are friendly, rooms are large with high ceilings and beds are comfortable. I stayed two nights and had breakfast at the hotel and had friends over to the cosy bar located near reception. There is a pool table for those who'd like a game or two over a drink. Having stayed in many hotels both large and small in various brands, I appreciated the little touches such as turn down service, the newspapers delivered in a small bag unobtrusively left on the door handle. I had a superior room (shown in the photo) and I'd stay there again when visiting Melbourne.
We didn't stay there but went for a business breakfast. Not bad to taste, and the coffee was ok, but you cannot hard poach eggs and get away with it! Unfortunately it wasn't just one plate, it was all of them.
Generally this place is ok, but menu is fairly limited (Its a small place). There are lots of other options around so will go explore and report back again :)