I had read so much about the Lyall, I was expecting to be bowled over. It is a nice place, but probably did not meet my expectations. The idea of a two bedroom apartment really appealed to me, but these apartments are on the small side, so there really wasn't a lot of privacy. We had booked a room with a "rooftop balcony" and that amounted to a small balcony totally consumed by a table and two chairs - not at all what I had pictured.
The Lyall is a very cozy, personal hotel. It seemed fairly empty for at least part of our stay, and it felt a little too quiet to me. But the staff was very gracious, I must say. There is a small breakfast room/bar in the lobby. We used the restaurant next door for breakfast, which was excellent, but expensive. There is free use of internet on a computer in the hotel's "business centre", and that was very much appreciated.
I was disappointed in the neighborhood surrounding the Lyall. It is fairly convenient to downtown Melbourne, with the South Yarra rail station just down Toorak Road a few blocks - takes only about ten minutes to Melbourne CBD. But Toorak Road itself really has little to interest a visitor - a few restaurants, and the rest given over to banks and estate agents. You can walk to Chapel Street for some more action, but it is a bit of a hike. We did enjoy the nice residential feel in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, however.
I would go back to the hotel, but would probably prefer to try something else in Melbourne CBD next time around. For this price, the Lyall should be a bit better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let us pamper you. A true 5 Star service Boutique Hotel centrally located close to Toorak Road / Chapel Street shops and restaurants. Melbourne's only privately owned/operated luxury hotel with 40 one and two bedroom suites of contemporary oriental design. The Lyall Hotel and Spa's welcoming ambience attracts a discerning international clientele seeking genuine and professional service whether travelling for business or leisure. All suites have full length windows that open for fresh air and a balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lyall Hotel Melbourne
- Lyall Hotel Melbourne