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
We loved this boutique hotel which is perfectly located for all central Melbourne sites, shopping and dining. Beautifully restored building and tram stop just across road and fabulous friendly service, highly recommend.
This hotel exceeded my expectations for its price range. The receptionist was very friendly, and the reception, lounge and bar area are small but cosy and nicely decorated. The room was nice and large with a chaise; only down side was that the window looked out onto an underground car park (so that's why the curtains were drawn!), which also meant I had to sleep with an eye mask and ear plugs on as there was some noise in the night, but this was manageable and I did manage to sleep well.
(I think there is an option to take deluxe rooms on the other side of the hotel so I would recommend doing this.)
I had room service a couple of times and the meals were very tasty and quite quick to arrive; they divide the menu by meal size, which is a great idea o prevent over-ordering.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant is really good; great quality ingredients and quite a wide choice. (I had the avocado smash with added bacon, a green smoothie and of course a flat white.)
It's a great location with the park across the road, and most places in the CBD are a short walk away; it's also on the tramlines.
Stayed at Hotel Lindrum for a weekend getaway with my husband. Perfect location near everything in the city but not too close to the hustle and bustle. Lovely welcoming staff and the hotel itself has a beautiful homely quiet feel to it.
Our room was the Studio Queen with no view but it was a great size for us as we weren’t in there often. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is the bed sheets! The bed was comfy and the pillows great but the sheets felt cheap and VERY stiff. They made an unusual noise when either my husband or I rolled over in bed and unfortunately this kept us both awake all night. I know this is a bit trivial but when you advertise Egyptian Cotton sheets, I expected sheets similar to my cotton sheets at home and they were nothing like that. I would still like to try Hotel Lindrum again in the future but with the hope that the sheets would be a bit more comfortable.
I travel a lot for business & pleasure, Ive also spent 12yrs in the industry back of house. Had the tasting dinner with friends & was blown away at the quality, then followed up with the Lindrum breakfast. Simple ingredients presented great. I’ll be back & well done to the entire Lindrum team!
Huge rooms, extremely comfortable bed, great amenities and an easy stroll into the city yet at the quiet end of Flinders St. Parking next door and very reasonably priced at $16 for 24hrs once validated by the hotel Very cosy bar downstairs and billiard table for those interested. Very helpful staff. Would definitely stay again