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
There was nothing that I’d genuinely complain about in our three night stay in a Deluxe room, but there was nothing I’d really say stood out as anything more than average. The rooms are “nice enough” but are showing their age (like others, I was put off by the grouting in the bathroom which looks terrible). Showers over baths with no curtain and only a tiny little screen means that the bathroom floods EVERY time. The housekeeping was a bit slack - the drawer under the sink had a wonderful collection of hairs. Turndown was missed on our first night. The restaurant had absolutely no atmosphere any of the times we saw it (even at breakfast). None of these things are complaints - it’s just that for the price, it’s reasonable to expect better. On the plus side, the bed was comfy and the room was pretty quiet.
I’ll try somewhere else next time I’m in town...
We have stayed at the Hotel Lindrum twice and both times our experience has been exceptional. The hotel is quirky but refined and offers what I think one best locations in Melbourne. Located on Flinders St at the top end of town, you step straight outside to a tram stop that connects to all of Melbourne. The laneways of Melbourne and all the wonderful bars, restaurants and cafe's are directly behind or out the front on Flinders St and Federation Square, Melbourne park, Southbank, The Gardens, art gallery and Flinders St station are no more than a good 15min walk or 5 min tram ride. The rooms themselves are fantastic, offering a unique hotel experience with high ceilings, timber floorboards and Manhattan style bay windows for the front rooms. The rooms are quiet, wonderfully comfortable and well equipped. Service is fantastic and professional, with a small lounge and bar area that is open to guests until 1.00am. Breakfast lunch and dinner are available onsite at the very reputable restaurant or you can discover any of the many brilliant eateries surrounding the hotel. Facilities like sunscreen, citrus infused cold drinking water and a selection of fruit are free to guests at the reception area. While the hotel is well positioned and connected, it also feels a bit quieter and out of the main hussle and bustle, which is great after a long day discovering Melbourne. Absolutely love this hotel and will be back again soon.
Apart from struggling to find where to park the car (tip - the multi-floor car park a couple of doors down), I had a very enjoyable stay at the Lindrum. From the friendly staff at check in to the upgraded and very nice room overlooking the park, to the bar where they made a great Negoni and the excellent a la carte breakfast. I will be back!
Spent four nights in The Lindrum and overall had a pretty good visit.
For me the staff at reception and the bar were clearly the high point. Very polite, helpful and friendly they couldn’t do too much for you even for example freshly grinding some coffee and bringing it to our room. Belinda in particular made us feel very welcome and valued.
The room was very comfortable but both it and the bathroom are beginning to look a little tired with discoloured grouting I. A coupe of patches in the shower and on the side of the bath.
Breakfast was good but the restaurant/breakfast area is quite small and does get crowded, not helped by the fact that they do breakfast for non-residents.
The low point was definitely housekeeping. In the four days we were there our room wasn’t properly vacuumed once with the tumbleweed under the washbasin unit there when we arrived still there when we checked out. Also on the last day we noticed a very thick layer of dust on the big ledge down the side of the dining room.
More attention to detail and management inspections required I think.
F9r the price I think it is only average - I wish I could give 5* for the staff.
We were in town for the AO and this was the perfect spot as you are in easy walking distance to Melbourne Park. Staff was very polite and efficient. I must say that we also had a "car park view" room as a previous reviewer experienced and we completely blame our agent for this snafu. Curtains were drawn, lights on, etc...same scenario. We did not ask for another room since we knew they were fully booked and we would not be in our room much anyway as we were watching tennis. The room was comfortable, quiet and well appointed and we had no issues with anything else. If you want a city view it seems you have only 9 possibilities so be sure to request before you get there...or you have plenty of other major chain hotels close by. We enjoyed Hotel Lindrum and have no problem recommending it.