First the positives: the hotel is damn funky. Lots of artwork and cool furniture abound. The service at reception was friendly and helpful (although we didn't have any unusual demands!). Our balcony room was light and airy and spotlessly clean and I loved the pair of mid-century chairs and the gorgeous lamp (it's definitely my sort of aesthetic). The bar downstairs was a great place for a night cap and the service was extremely friendly. The hotel is very well located, with heaps of places to eat and drink on the same street and Acland Street is within walking distance too. The balcony is small, but sitting out there in the morning sun with a cup of coffee was a great way to start the day.
The negatives: the room was small, and the bathroom was tiny. The shower door couldn't be opened completely because it hit the basin, and the floor space could be almost completely covered with the bath may. There was also a lack of shelf space, with only one small glass shelf above the basin, which was unfortunately on a slant which meant that anything heavier than a toothbrush would slide off.
There is nowhere to put suitcases which meant we had to leave them on the floor and step over them repeatedly to move around the room (there is nowhere that is out of the way, unfortunately).
Also, while we were prepared for there to be some street noise (we had chosen a balcony room because we wanted to enjoy the action from the street), it turns out that most of the street noise consisted of screaming and yelling at all hours of the night. I'm not sure if this is normal on a Friday and Saturday night, or we were just unlucky.
All in all, we had a pleasant stay, but we did yearn for a bit more space and a night's sleep without being interrupted by random screaming!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once an art gallery, cafe and private residence of flamboyant Melbourne artist Mirka Mora and her husband Georges, the Tolarno Hotel has always been a creative space in St Kilda. The tradition continues at Tolarno Hotel. In a salute to the charismatic Mirka, the hotel’s walls and halls are hung with striking artworks by emerging and accomplished artists, 150+ works in total including a number of Mirka’s – guest’s often comment that it’s like staying in an art gallery. Today our 4 star hotel awards 3 major student art prizes via the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Monash University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the yearly winners are exhibited in the hotel foyer for 12 months. Many of the artworks in guest rooms are prize-winning student paintings; the remainder are works by prominant local artists. Combine these striking surrounds with our friendly service, well-appointed rooms and suites and location in the heart of St Kilda’s dining and entertainment precinct and you have a stay like no other. With trams just a 30-second walk from our front door offering easy access to Melbourne’s CBD attractions, shopping, restaurants, events and business precinct, you’re connected to everything the city has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Melbourne
- Tolarno Hotel St Kilda, Greater Melbourne