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“Great place to stay in Melbourne” 5 of 5 stars
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149 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia   |  
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“Great place to stay in Melbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Recently stayed at the Laird while in Melbourne. The accommodations, as others have mentioned, have a lot of character. The room I stayed in was very clean, tidy and had all the amenities I needed. In addition, the Laird has a common area with a kitchen for storing drinks and food as well as a coffee machine, microwave, dishes and utensils. A computer for web browsing is also available as well as a common bathroom area. The rooms are above the Laird Hotel which has different theme nights throughout the week. Everyone, from the owners, to the bartenders and other staff were great. I will definitely stay there again on my next visit to Melbourne.

Room Tip: I chose a room with a bathroom en suite but they do have rooms at less expensive rates that share th...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pbactivate, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thanks for the feedback mate, we really do appreciate it.
Cheers, Brett
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

A cosy and laid back gay owned and operated hotel above the Laird Hotel. It's full of character - pine walls and ceiling, creaking floorboards, vintage gay posters. You can help yourself to coffee, toast and cereal in the kitchen where you can warm up your take-away meals. The hotel is close to the gastronomic delights of Victoria St, which features excellent Vietnamese restaurants.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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pbactivate, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thanks for the feedback Christopher, much appreciated.
Cheers, Brett
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I've stayed here a few times. Rooms have character with a butch theme happening.
Kitchen is useful with coffee pod machine and the normal stuff.
Wifi good.

If you're going out to the Laird anyway (and if you're a out of town Gay, you should) then this is a fun place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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pbactivate, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Cheers MacDave,
Brett
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Australia’s longest running men-only gay hotel (32 years), catering to the leather blokes, bear and somewhat alternative crowd, this hotel is a fantastic place to stay with very friendly and attentive staff.

All rooms have air con & heating, TV and there are standard rooms (shared bathrooms) and 3 rooms which feature private en-suites with shower/toilet.

All rooms have extremely comfortable Queen sized beds, this hotel is and old building but is kept spotlessly clean well appointed offering a free continental breakfast to all guests, free wifi throughout hotel and a communal lounge area for your comfort and free use of a communal PC to for those travellers who may need one.

Laird staff are available to help guests with any other requirements during office hours 10 - 5 daily, there is no 24 hour reception but guests receive keys to give you access 24 hours.

When staying in hotel you will have access to the beer garden and pinball machines, pool tables, cigarette machine and ATM available...thankfully this hotel is 100% non smoking in all indoor areas (Hotel Rooms Included), free laundry facilities — washer, dryer, iron/ironing board etc is also available as you need it. I believe you can smoke in the beer garden.

Located in Abbotsford it is very close (1 min walk) to Collingwood Train Station and a few mins walk to tram stops that take you into the city.

There are some fantastic hotels in the immediate area who do great food at great prices and who are very gay friendly. also very close to Maccas and HJ's for those late night bear hunger moments!

Getting to the Laird is also easy - From Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
SkyBus from Tullamarine will cost $16 one-way ($26 return) to Southern Cross Station in the CBD, then a train to Collingwood Station (2 Hour, Zone 1 ticket, $4.00).

We are staying again in February and very much looking forward to it. The boys who own the pub run the pub and they will do all they can to ensure you enjoy your stay.

during peak times the bar is open late so some noise from downstairs can be heard but very little and to be honest has never caused us any concerns the times we have stayed here. It is what it is and what it is, is a bloody great pub, the heart and pulse of the gay man's community within Victoria and a fantastic place to stay, highly recommend you give it a go lads!

Room Tip: if you can get the en-suites for the added extra comfort and privacy
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Thanks for the feedback mate!
Cheers, Brett & Mark
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

Good value hotel - $130pn for ensuite room. Beds are very very comfy and the place is spotless. Friendly staff and hosts and continental breakfast included. Free wifi which is great as so many of the more expensive hotels charge a fortune for it. Close to transport into the city and to other gay establishments

Very little noise from downstairs when the pub is open - it is a men only pub (it has an exemption from the anti discrimination act)

I always try to stay here when in Melbourne as it really feels like home. It has that nice relaxed vibe about it and I love the brand of coffee they use for the espresso machine - help yourself anytime.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Thanks Wayne - glad you enjoyed it!
Cheers, Brett & Mark
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

I have stayed at the Laird Hotel numerous times.. never had an issue or problems. While being a hotel, it is clean and the hosts couldn't be more friendly. 3 Rooms have ensuits, 3 have shared bathrooms. Reasonably central and close to train station to head into Melbourne CBD (a few stops).

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Laird Hotel, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Thanks for the review Megalad, much appreciated.
Cheers, Brett & Mark
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Additional Information about Laird Hotel

Address: 149 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Yarra, Victoria 3067, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Yarra > Abbotsford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Abbotsford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

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