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Brooklyn Arts Hotel
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

my wife and i stayed in the green room for four nights, its a great palce to stay, well situated as its easy to travel into town and there are lots of eating palces nearby. the communial breakfasts where best when Maggie was present

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mandr268
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

What a find - friends of mine recommended the place and, when it was full, the charming owner Maggie re-arranged her study (the Hotel is a reconverted old mansion) into a single bed hotel room for me. I was even upgraded to a queen room the first night of my visit following a cancellation. The bathrooms - including the share ones - are very pleasant and clean. The place has a lovely, arty vibe - especially the rather crazily decorated breakfast / sitting room; the continental brekky itself is excellent: fresh breads, plunger coffee and loose leaf teas; fresh muesli, greek yoghurt and fruit etc. And the location - 1 min from Fitzroy's Gertrude Street (great cafes, bars and a tram stop) and 15 mins walk from Federation Square is sensational. I've read one or two negative reviews of this place from a couple of patrons. Those people are fools. You won't find better, affordable, B&B-type accommodation anywhere in Melbourne.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank FellowTraveller2009
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I'd have to agree with other reviewers on this site, the Brooklyn Arts is a gorgeous place to stay but it is let down by some basic maintenance issues.

We are 'arty' types and we love anything with character and eclectic taste, however this place is in serious need of some TLC. There's just no excuse for having 4cm gaps under the bedroom doors (especially with Melb's freezing weather), ricketty floors with missing floorboards are an OHS inccident waiting to happen, and stained sheets are a no-no in any kind of hotel. It's a beautiful old building and could easily be updated while still maintaining the reuse themes. These items we could put up with, but the biggest issue for us was the noise and lack of privacy. We could hear EVERYTHING from the rooms next door, we had people looking in our window everytime they walked past, and some guests seemed to find it hard to find their own room, walking into ours instead. As a result we were also conscious that other guests could hear us and so we didn't feel comfortable in our own room.

On the plus side - the location is fantastic! Right between the Fitzroy and Collingwood strips, and an easy tram ride into the city. The building is beautiful, the gardens are a lovely, relaxing place to chill out or read and the hosts are friendly and accomodating. They also have an area available for luggage storage if you arrive early/leave late, and the Star Bus shuttle services this hotel to/from the airport.

I would recommend the Brooklyn Arts Hotel for single travellers who need good access to the Fitzroy area.

Room Tip: Rooms in garden are noisy.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Quarrion
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Brooklyn Arts Hotel is brilliantly situated in funky Fitzroy with an amazing array of great restaurants, local designer boutiques and fascinating curiosities on the doorstep. I have now stayed there three times and hope to stay there many more! Having stayed in both the Blue and Green Rooms, I was delighted with the unusual eclectic mix of furniture, the bookcases overflowing with fascinating titles and the huge, warm and comfortable beds with lovely crispy white sheets. The charming light-filled enclosed verandah that opens from both rooms is a perfect spot to sit in the evening with a glass of wine. With no flat screen TV, but instead a selection of interesting 'objets' and art works, it is a far - and very welcome - cry from a typically sterile motel room.

Maggie is a delightful, caring and thoughtful host, who creates a genuinely friendly atmosphere, both in person and evidenced through the multitude of hand-written notes around the property. I really like the welcoming touch of having my name written on my bedroom door - it also helps with the introductions at breakfast when you can recognise your neighbour's name from their door too!

There is an abundance of up to date information available on what's happening across the Arts in Melbourne, enhanced by Maggie's experienced and informative first hand feedback. Brooklyn is an unusual and delightful haven - complete with gorgeous leafy garden - in the middle of the city. If you don't like dogs and can't handle a bit of dust, I suggest you try somewhere else, but if quirky comfort, great tea and coffee, delicious bread at breakfast and the opportunity to meet an interesting mix of creative and engaging guests sounds appealing, you'll really enjoy what Brooklyn Arts has to offer.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Thank wendytas
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I'm a childrens's book author and illustrator who visits Gorgeous Town (Melbourne) once a year for a week of school visits and book tours. I couldn't imagine finding a more comfortable and arty nest than The Brooklyn Arts. I usually stay in one of the very quiet back rooms which open onto the rear gardens ~ perfect after a day in noisy schools! Maggie is the perfect host, making sure her guests ~ often the most interesting characters ~ have the opportunity to get to know each other. Over the last couple of visits, Maggie (and her pooches) have become dear friends ~ in years of travel I have never found a place quite like this one. The showers are hot, the book shelves are groaning with great books, and George Street is close to everything, from yoga studios to pubs. Love it!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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