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Hotel Highlights

  • The luxe vibe – from smart, spacious bedrooms to sassy champagne bar
  • Designer shopping on your doorstep, with exclusive discounts for guests
  • Dreamy day spa for recovering from your retail excesses

Overview

Chic, seductive and sophisticated, the Lyall Hotel and Spa is where Carrie from Sex and the City would stay in Melbourne if she were in town. Set in upscale shopping neighbourhood South Yarra, its classy cocktail of sleek rooms, sensual day spa and intimate champagne bar, mixed with handy retail therapy, is perfect for girls or guys seeking a stylish mini-break.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Lyall Hotel and Spa with us:

A bottle of Chandon NV (Australian sparkling wine) on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Lyall Hotel and Spa

Exclusive: free breakfast and parking, and 5% off

'Sip, shop, spa' Romance package 15% off 20% off

Facilities

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The Lyall Hotel & Spa - Melbourne - Australia

Need To Know

Rooms

40, ranging from one- and two-bedroom Deluxe rooms to Grand and Platinum suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible if available (from noon you’ll be charged 50 per cent of your room rate; after 5pm, for an extra night). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $217.65 (AU$232), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include newspaper and 24-hour gym use. Continental breakfast is AU$20; à la carte, AU$30, a credit card surcharge of 1.5% applies against all accepted credit cards.

Also

Zap your stress at Lyall’s rated destination day spa, a serene, white three-storey space scented with ylang-ylang and mandarin. We recommend the Lyall Signature Spa Ritual, a two-hour massage and facial. There are two steam rooms and an indoor-outdoor area for relaxing.

At the hotel

DVD, CD and book library, free WiFi throughout, spa, gym. In rooms: two flatscreen TVs, cable channels, CD/DVD players, iPod speakers on request, kitchen with fridge and washer-dryer, minibar, terrace.

Our favourite rooms

You can swing several cats in the vast rooftop Platinum Suite, dubbed the Platinum Blonde Suite after past celeb guests, including Gwen Stefani, Pamela Anderson and Paris Hilton. It comes with a separate living room, ensuite bathroom, a double spa bath, iPod speakers, graceful fireplaces, a kitchen (ideal for longer stays) and an airy terrace with dreamy views. We’d be content in one of the spacious one-bedroom suites though, which still resemble deluxe city apartments.

Packing tips

Bring your credit card as there's plenty of designer shopping in chichi South Yarra ideal for maxing it out. A spare Samsonite suitcase (Marc Newson's stylish design, naturally) to bear your fashionable finds home.

Also

Arm yourself with the Lyall's exclusive Shopping Privilege Card, which offers guests 10 per cent off at over 20 chic local stores, such as fashion boutique Assin and Shoes by Alberto Piazza.

Children

Welcome: kids can stay for free if using existing bedding, or the hotel can supply baby cots or rollaway beds for AU$30 each. Babysitting can be arranged with a nanny for a minimum of three hours for AU$80, then AU$20 an hour.

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Eco‐friendly

For a glam, green touch, the hotel provides free push bikes for guests to use when out and about. Here's hoping you can balance all those store bags on the handle bars!

Food & Drink

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The Lyall Hotel & Spa - Melbourne - Australia

Hotel Restaurant

Ground-floor Bistro Lyall serves up light and healthy cuisine, such as chicken sandwiches and tasty hamburgers. Pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner (the space morphs into the Champagne Bar by night). Decor is restrained, with moss green upholstered chairs, dark wood and smart mirror details.

Hotel Bar

Cool your heels after all that South Yarra retail therapy at the small but sexy Lyall Champagne Bar, to the right of reception, which offers intimate tables and bar stools for sociable perching. Signature drinks include the Lyall Cranberry Champagne Cocktail and the addictive Apple Crumble Martini, or just enjoy an afternoon latte (the bar opens from 3pm till midnight). Expect jazz or easy listening tunes, not a thumping DJ.

Last orders

As a guest you can order drinks 24-hours a day, either in your suite or in the hotel's public areas. The bar is open from 3pm till midnight though, with peak time between 6pm and 8pm.

Room service

A full menu of modern, multicultural dishes is available 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Labels, darling. You won’t go wrong with finds from local fashion stores Mimco, Alannah Hill, Collette Dinnigan or Scanlan & Theodore (find their boutiques on nearby Chapel Street).

Top table

If it’s sunny, grab a table outdoors on the shaded terrace.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Recharge with a treatment at gorgeous local beauty and wellbeing oasis Aesop spa (153 Toorak Road; +61 (0)3 9866 5250; www.aesop.net.au), just around the corner from the hotel – an Australian brand known for its heavenly unisex scented body care products and chic graphic packaging. Alternatively, the hotel's in-house Lyall Spa serves up a mix of pampering massages and hot stone treatments, using Payot and Sodashi products. Mrs Smiths whose barnets need taming, crimping or just general zhuzhing would do well to visit the friendly fleet of capable cutters and colourists at Conrad Mace hair salon (+61 (0)3 9827 8685; www.conradmace.com.au) in the Como Centre, Toorak Road. (Mr Smiths are very welcome, too.) Nails can be polished and perfected at the back of the salon. Toorak Road and Chapel Street, Melbourne’s most stylish shopping strips, are just a short walk away from the Lyall in South Yarra. Look out for Australian fashion designers Collette Dinnigan at 553 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9827 2111; www.collettedinnigan.com.au), Alannah Hill at 533 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9826 2755; www.alannahhill.com.au), Scanlan & Theodore, 566 Chapel Street (+ 61 (0)3 9824 1800; www.scanlantheodore.com.au) and T.L. Wood, 216 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9510 6700; www.tlwoodaustralia.com). You can gather stylish accessories including great handbags at Australian label Mimco, Shop 4, 567 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9827 0259; www.mimco.com.au), vintage interior finds at the fabulous Chapel Street Bazaar, at 217 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9529 1727) and fresh food at the bustling, popular Prahran Market at 163 Commercial Road (+61 (0)3 8290 8220; www.prahranmarket.com.au), which boasts a tempting mix of local and imported fare. You're only a short distance from great parks (including the Royal Botanic Gardens, which boasts popular jogging track the Tan which skirts an ornamental lake), the banks of the Yarra River (great for strolling with views or culture-hopping at the Southbank's galleries) and the CBD, Melbourne's buzzy Central Business District, alive with shops, galleries, cafes and bars. For more olde worlde charms, nearby Como House, on the corner of Williams and Lechlade Avenue, is a 160-year-old South Yarra mansion providing a glimpse into the luxe life of former owners the Armytage family (www.nattrust.com.au).

Local restaurants

If you’re after Italian food, we love laidback Pinocchio (+61 (0)3 9867 2772; www.pinocchiopizza.com.au) at 152 Toorak Rd. Don't leave without munching on at least one panino di agnello (two or three sounds sensible); we also loved the buttery rabbit mezzaluna and the zingy citrus tart. Sticking with the dolce vita theme, there’s romantic Da Noi at 95 Toorak Road (+61 (0)3 9866 5975) for menu-free Sardinian feasting, or the more straightforward Cosi at 68 Toorak Road (+61 (0)3 9867 399; www.cosirestaurant.com.au), loved by locals for its fireplace in winter and courtyard in summer. France-Soir at 11 Toorak Road (+61 (0)3 9866 8569; www.france-soir.com.au) is loved as much for its authentic – and sometimes catty – Parisian attitude as its always perfect steak frites. Choose fish from the tank at bustling Chinese restaurant Pacific Seafood BBQ House, at 210 Toorak Rd (+61 (0)3 9826 3838). If you fancy a stroll, Hanoi Hannah (+61 (0)3 9939 5181; www.hanoihannah.com.au) at 180 High Street in nearby Prahran serves up tasty Vietnamese hawker dishes and pho in a stylish space, with creative beers and cocktails on the side.

Local bars

Drink (and eat) with the locals at Temperance Hotel, at 426 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9827 7401; www.temperancehotel.com.au) where there are interesting Australian beers to try. House DJs step it up on Friday and Saturday nights; Sunday afternoons feature laid-back live music. Visit French bistro Chez Olivier, at 121 Greville Street, Prahran (+61 (0)3 9525 2273; www.chezolivier.com) for bonhomie and Beaujolais at the bar, or party hard at lavish nightclub Love Machine, on the corner of Little Chapel Street and Malvern Road, Prahran (+61 (03) 9533 8837; www.lovemachine.net.au). Do as the locals do: glam up and arrive early to secure entry. For something more low-key, enjoy cocktails and the cruisy mood at Tyranny of Distance, at 47 Union St, Windsor (+61 (03) 9525 1005).

Local cafés

Join the locals for breakfast at Lawson Grove Shop, 1 Lawson Grove (61 (0)3 9866 3640), and riverfront Kanteen, at 150 Alexandra Avenue (+61 (0)3 9827 0488; www.kanteen.net), where you can follow up with a wander along the Yarra River. Oriental Tea House at 455 Chapel Street (+61 (0)3 9824 0128; www.orientalteahouse.com.au) has delicious – and purportedly therapeutic – teas and elegant modern yum cha: try the prawn and pea leaf dumplings. Caffe Veloce, at 9-11 Claremont Street (+61 (0)3 8080 9995; www.caffeveloce.com.au), is in a prestige car showroom; the paninis and pastries are as classy as the gleaming machines.

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Shop-filled South Yarra

Lyall Hotel and Spa

14 Murphy Street, , South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia

Located in cosmopolitan South Yarra, the Lyall has Chapel Street’s famous shops, restaurants and cafes on its doorstep. And being just 2km from the CBD its only a skip (or a short tram ride) from the attractions of the city centre.

Planes

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (www.melbourneairport.com.au) is 28km north-west of the Lyall Hotel. International and domestic flights arrive and depart daily.You can get a shuttle bus (www.skybus.com.au; +61 (0)3 9600 1711) to Southern Cross Station and then a train, taxi, or tram to the hotel.

Trains

South Yarra Train Station is less than a kilometre from the Lyall Hotel and is just two stops from Flinders Street Station and three stops from Melbourne Central Station (www.metlink.com.au; 131 638 or international enquires can ring +61 (0)3 8608 5010).

Automobiles

You can take a taxi from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport or hire a car and drive the 30-minute journey to the hotel.

Other

There is a tram stop at the end of the hotel’s street (only a few steps away). Jump on the number eight (www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au; 131 638) to the city. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Liane Rossler , Climate-conscious designer

This review of Lyall Hotel and Spa in Melbourne is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand. ‘You look like you’ve been on holiday for weeks,’ says Mr Smith, as I waft back into our room. The truth is I’ve just spent a couple of heavenly hours in the Lyall Spa having a Sodashi facial and Lyall Luxury Pedicure in preparation for th…
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Lyall Hotel and Spa

Anonymous review by Liane Rossler, Climate-conscious designer

This review of Lyall Hotel and Spa in Melbourne is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand.

‘You look like you’ve been on holiday for weeks,’ says Mr Smith, as I waft back into our room. The truth is I’ve just spent a couple of heavenly hours in the Lyall Spa having a Sodashi facial and Lyall Luxury Pedicure in preparation for the rest of our weekend away. It was bliss: attentive treatment from caring and knowledgeable staff in a serene space, all sleek marble and high ceilings. Flicking through magazines and sipping a fragrant T2 tea as my nail colour dried, it occurred to me that I could spend all weekend here – if Mr Smith wasn’t beckoning.

The spa is the embodiment of the entire low-key yet luxurious Lyall Hotel experience. Even its location – a tree-lined South Yarra street among elegant suburban residences, yet only minutes from the city – is the epitome of understated class.

On arrival earlier that day, we were greeted by one of the lovely reception team, whose talent seemed to be making guests feel like a friend returning home. As our weekend progresses, one of our favourite aspects of the hotel becomes the personal attention of the staff. You get the feeling you are part of an intimate, special experience, rather than staying in an anonymous hotel chain. Perfect.

Our suite – actually, it is more like an apartment – has the wonderful bonus of tall windows, a balcony to sit on and French doors that lead out onto the terrace, overlooking the trees below. We waste no time flinging them open to let in the natural light and fresh air. It seems like a rare treat since a lot of hotels these days feel like sealed air-conditioned boxes. The separate granite kitchen has a stove and large fridge, lots of amenities, and the option of a stocked pantry if you can’t make it to one of the many stores or restaurants around the corner. Fresh fruit is provided on the dining room table. The bed is huge and heavenly, with crisp white sheets and gorgeous plump pillows, and a pillow menu if you want more choice. The bathroom has a heated tiled floor and toiletries from the hotel spa. There is even a television – one of two in our room – positioned so you can watch it from the spa bath. Free broadband is another generous-spirited gesture. Yes, you could easily spend a lot of time holed up in this suite without feeling the need to emerge – pass me the ‘do not disturb’ sign, Mr Smith.

On the first morning of our Melbourne break, Mr Smith and I go downstairs to the intimate Bistro Lyall for breakfast. We take the papers out onto the terrace to read in the sunshine, although the room, like the rest of the hotel, is incredibly inviting. The decor is classic contemporary: all browns, taupes, blacks, moss greens and silver, with tall mirrors, dark woods and cosy-meets-seductive enclaves throughout. The library is especially come-hither with its appealing armchairs, array of newspapers, fresh orchids and soft jazz soundtrack.

If I wasn’t all ready won over, the jelly beans on the reception counter would be the clincher.

Our weekend-away agenda includes a stroll down Toorak Road and into Chapel Street. This is such a renowned retail precinct that the hotel even provides a special shopping privilege card for its guests. I drag Mr Smith along, stopping at Cose, Scanlan & Theodore, AG Arthur Galan and TL Wood among others. We refuel at the Pound, a cute café tucked away off Chapel Street, and finally arrive back at the hotel, where Mr Smith takes to soaking away the day’s efforts in the sybarite-beckoning bath. It seems a spell at Lyall has even made a proselyte of this spa addict’s other half.

That night, we have a pre-dinner drink in the Champagne Bar (not for the first time this weekend it dawns on me that Lyall is begging to have me back for a girls’ getaway), before heading off to Da Noi, an intimate Italian restaurant – chef Pietro Porcu designs a set menu each day based on the produce he’s found at the markets – just down the street.

We spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the neighbourhood around Lyall: Harveys next door for brunch, a short stroll up the hill to the beautiful Botanic Gardens and then down to the Yarra River. We even contemplate taking a couple of the hotel’s bicycles for a spin, but decide instead to relax on the terrace back at the hotel. Lazy? Deliciously so.

I notice, while we take our breather, that every request a guest makes is met with an ‘of course’ or ‘certainly’. Nothing, it seems, is too much trouble for the staff. In fact, they seem to take real pleasure in their work, and feel a personal and proud connection to the hotel and its owners. Even as we are checking out, they seem to have a twinkle in their eyes. It makes us sad to say goodbye.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Lyall Hotel and Spa's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel has pleasant, helpful staff and restful décor. The location is excellent - locally there are plenty of nice cafes and restaurants (and good shops), and it's also handy to train and tram for excursions to the Arts Centre, CBD or further afield.

Don’t expect

I would have preferred slightly bigger tables for breakfast. It's hard for staff to fit everything one even for a modest continental breakfast.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Spacious and comfortable rooms, with a choice of pillow styles, a TV in every room and a Nespresso machine. There are full washing-machine facilities and an excellent valet service. It's close to shops and cafés, and there's a nice range of magazines to browse.

Don’t expect

TV reception was rather poor.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the relaxed feeling the Lyall provides and it has always been a favourite of ours. We knew when we got married that the only place to spend our night as man and wife was the Lyall. The most fantastic place to stay in Melbourne .

Rating: 10/10 stars