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“Home from Home - quirky and kind.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn Arts Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Fitzroy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Home from Home - quirky and kind.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Loved my stay with my best friend in Melbourne. I was so thrilled that she found this place as opposed to the rather sterile place we'd reserved. This was a joy. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our comfy, beautifully designed twin room. Lovely, functional and easy to keep clean wet room right next door (we knew we'd have to share). We felt like we were staying with friends. The house is buzzing with atmosphere. It's how I imagine an old fashioned guest house would have been in the early part of the 20th century, but with all the modern comforts. The wifi was free and reliable. Breakfast... a total joy. I'm gluten free, which meant I had my own loaf of artisan bread waiting for me in the morning! Toast to a Brit who is GF is a true true joy - I haven't had such good GF bread before or since. There was a huge selection of jams and spreads as well as cereals, milk and OJ. All help yourself and have as much or little as you like. The dining room was open all day (with it's own little fridge) and you could sit at the table or a comfy chair with a cup of tea/coffee any time you liked. Maggie is a delight. A practical and friendly landlady with interest in all her guests and a joy to chat to. The gardens are so beautiful - lovely rambling flowers with tables to sit at and thoughtfully placed bottled of mozzie spray for the evenings. The dogs just make it feel like a proper home.
I was loathe to review this on here as I wanted to keep it a secret - but I feel that some of the comments on here do need to be re-buffed.
Location is perfect for those of us who like to shuffle around quirky design shops, as well as cool coffee shops (the best cup of coffee in the world at the end of the road) and even a few discount shops up the road!

This isn't a hotel, it's an experience. We stayed 6 nights - and it was a lot of fun.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LexieLou77
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We stayed in the Green Room for two nights after being upgraded from the Blue Room at no extra charge! Maggie was very lovely and accomodating, always willing to help us and wasn't upset at all when we misplaced our key. We were welcomed amazingly by a member of staff and the place as a whole was very cosy. Reasonably close to Brunswich St, an easy walk, but far enough away that you feel as though you are retreating from the hectic pace of the city as soon as you enter the doors. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HughPearson
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Toronto
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Brooklyn Arts Hotel is EXACTLY as described on its website, so if that is what you're looking for, that is what you will indeed get. It's relaxed, comfortable, interesting and beautiful. The back garden is a joy. The big dining room table welcomes you at any time of day for a tea, a coffee, a piece of fruit or a biscuit and a read of the papers. The laundry is hung out in the fresh air on ingeniously arranged clotheslines at the back. The house runs like clockwork relative to the changing temperatures and weather: cool on the inside all the time despite record hot days while we were there. Staff are welcoming, calmly accommodating and professional. Breakfast is a shared pleasure among pleasant and interesting fellow-travellers oftentimes including owner Maggie. Thanks Maggie for a lovely week!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sixtysomethings
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Westport, Ireland
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710 reviews
159 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mandr268
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Sydney
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank FellowTraveller2009
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Perth
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Quarrion
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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank wendytas
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Additional Information about Brooklyn Arts Hotel

Property: Brooklyn Arts Hotel
Address: 48-50 George St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Yarra > Fitzroy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Fitzroy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brooklyn is a perfect place to stay if you are not looking for a standard hotel room. It is beautiful, friendly, quiet, interesting, quirky and personal, within walking distance of central Melbourne. The atmosphere is relaxed and congenial. There is a garden to sit in and birds to listen to.Brooklyn is a big old house on the city edge of Fitzroy. You can walk through parks or take a tram a few minutes from the door, to city venues, stations and airport connections. Fitzroy’s great mix of people makes this one of the most interesting parts of Melbourne to hang out in. ... more   less 
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Brooklyn Arts Hotel Fitzroy, Greater Melbourne

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