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The Laird Hotel
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

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 The Laird Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2014

Thanks for the feedback Christopher, much appreciated.
Cheers, Brett

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Reviewed June 28, 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
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Thank MacDave
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pbactivate, Owner at The Laird Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2014

Cheers MacDave,
Brett

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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
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Champagne4everyone
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Thanks for the feedback mate!
Cheers, Brett & Mark

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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
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Thank WayneDaubney
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Thanks Wayne - glad you enjoyed it!
Cheers, Brett & Mark

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Reviewed January 15, 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
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Thank Megalad
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Thanks for the review Megalad, much appreciated.
Cheers, Brett & Mark

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