Melbourne, Australia

Coppersmith

Rates from (ex tax)$134.21

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD195.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Made in Melbourne

Setting

Scenic South Melbourne

Forget gold, we prefer copper and Coppersmith, where the food is delicious, the drinks are just how you like them and everyone knows your name. This pub with poise puts the city at your fingertips: it’s tucked away in scenic South Melbourne, just a short hop from the CBD.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

15, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Check-in, 2pm. Reception is open until 10pm, after which time you'll need the access code.

Rates

Double rooms from $134.29 (AU$178), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD195.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast but include WiFi.

Also

The basement beer cellar is being turned into a private dining room and wine-tasting spot. The miner lights will stay, as will the exposed brick; the original floor beams will be reborn as a 16–20-seater timber table.

At the hotel

Rooftop deck, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, GHD hair straighteners (on request), Nespresso coffee machine, customised minibar, Appelles Black Label bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love Queen Room Nine, whose tiny balcony edges onto the original parapet wall. Room One is a beauty, thanks to its generous views of Clarendon Street; Corner Room Three has four big windows, so has lashings of light.

Packing tips

Bring a thirst and some tall tales for the locals and gregarious owner George at the bar.

Also

The hotel has two disabled-access rooms.

Children

Little Smiths are very welcome, though rooms are set up for couples. Babysitting can be arranged with 12 hours’ notice ($30 an hour; a three-hour minimum applies); and baby cots or extra beds (for under-12s) can be added to parents' rooms for free.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Stake out the round copper table in the bar and sink a few bottles of champagne into its centre.

Dress Code

Pay tribute to local designers: Life with Bird and Gorman for the ladies; Incu or Claude Maus for the chaps.

Hotel restaurant

Unpretentious but utterly delicious dishes that showcase seasonal local produce and classical French techniques (plus some modern tricks, too) are whipped up by British chef Daniel Southern, who previously charmed Melburnian diners at the European, Circa, Bistro Guillaume and Comme. At Coppersmith, he has devised one of those playful menus that tempt you with every choice. We’re talking Cuca anchovies dipped in tomato fondue, Flinders Island lamb rump with sweet potato, and tri-tip steak from Cape Grim. Don’t dismiss the classic fish pie either (but do remember to save room for the Valrhona chocolate and chestnut fondant with salt caramel and malt ice-cream – it's rather splendid). 

Hotel bar

It’s not hard to see you’re in a liquor-loving establishment: just look at the decorative displays of glittering bottles of Belvedere, Chandon and Veuve Clicquot that line the walls and the boozy reads – Barfly, Winestate and so on. There are 18 craft beer taps showcasing brews from Victoria and beyond; wine-lovers can work through the mainly Australian labels (with notable European inclusions). There's always a white and red wine on tap, too – a Saint Hallett's shiraz or zesty New Zealand sauvignon blanc, perhaps – or ask GM Dave about the wine of the month. Brits are well catered for, thanks to top-notch cider and exemplary G&Ts. There's also a nifty bar menu with more class than your usual: fresh egg pappardelle with goat shoulder and grana padano; moules marinière with a crusty baguette; cheese boards and sweets. On a hot day or balmy night, take your drink to the rooftop deck, with its living wall and pretty fairy lights.

Last orders

Drink until around midnight (unless there’s a lock-in while you’re here); eat until 9pm in the restaurant.

Room service

Don’t want to leave your room? You don’t have to – meals and snacks can be brought to you. You can also tailor your minibar to three options: ‘green, leafy and well-behaved’, ‘salty, tangy and well-brewed’ or ‘classic, staple and well-made’.

Location

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Address
Coppersmith
435 Clarendon Street
3205
South Melbourne
Australia

Planes

It takes about 30–40 minutes to get to the hotel from Tullamarine Airport (melbourneairport.com.au); a taxi will cost you around AU$55, or you can hop on the Skybus to Southern Cross station and get the 112 tram towards St Kilda.

Trains

Forget trains, make like a Melburnian and get the tram instead. You’ll need to get a Myki card first, though (ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki).

Automobiles

Melbourne’s public transport system is excellent (it’s also a city suited to pedestrians) but if you want to bring wheels, there’s plenty of public parking within a two-block radius of the hotel. Ticketed parking is available in the Albert Road service lane.

Worth getting out of bed for

Just minutes away from the picturesque Albert Park Lake (definitely worth promenading around on a sunny day, perhaps with a picnic hamper in hand), Coppersmith is perfectly placed to explore the best of Melbourne. Motor mavens can walk (or drive) around the racetrack of the Australian Grand Prix; if you're staying in March, watch the professionals carve up the track. Paddock-to-plate is the main mantra at South Melbourne Marketwhere local produce is king. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat and antipasti before stopping by Padre Coffee for beans by the bag and fresh blooms for your room. Mrs Smiths with a fondness for fashion should try Bali-based boutique Mister Zimi for 70s-inspired garments featuring pretty prints and polished patterns. You’ll find all your wardrobe staples at Filly’s Stable including the perfect white tee, summer scarfs and flirty knickers. Mr Smith, we haven't forgotten you; if you're in need of a new suit, look no further than P.Johnson, a 15-minute drive from the hotel at 29 Thomas Street, Windsor. On Friday nights, head to the Coppersmith's rooftop bar and watch the firework displays in the Docklands. Helpful staff will recommend a trusted hairdresser or local yoga studio if you want to perfect your barnet or downward dog.

Local restaurants

South Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, boasting a slew of top-notch restaurants, all within easy reach. Locals might not thank us for spilling the beans on their top secrets, but Andrew’s Hamburgers (+61 (0)3 9690 2126) is an unassuming burger joint producing some of Melbourne’s best meat treats. Play safe with a traditional burger or veer off for a FiveO Hawaiian or Sanchez Mexican. Tempura Hajime (+61 (0)3 9696 0051) is a one-hat 12-seat tempura restaurant offering refined Japanese food in an intimate setting. For tasty Thai treats, mosey on over to Sugarcane (+61 (0)3 9699 3637), open for dinner seven nights a week.

Local cafés

Coffee connoisseurs: make a beeline to St Ali (+61 (0)3 9686 2990), one of the original bean roasters taking Melbourne, and then the world, by storm. Stop for a breakfast platter and a specialty blend or visit later in the day for an accomplished lunch. Stop by The Kettle Black (+61 (0)3 9088 0721) on your way to the city for coffee and doughnuts, or try something a little heartier. Expect critic-pleasing combinations, even on the breakfast menu ­­­­­­­– ­­­­­Flinders Island wallaby, house-fermented yoghurt and King Island crayfish, for example.

Local bars

We’re sweet on Honey Bar (+61 (0)3 9696 3311), which has a designer bar and a balcony with sweeping city views. The extensive list of wines, beers and cocktails ­- plus a pretty impressive food menu ­­­­­­­– will have you parked there for most of the night. A stalwart of South Melbourne, The Railway (+61 (0)3 9690 5092) has been intoxicating locals for as long as anyone can remember. Drop by for a pint and porterhouse (a snip at $15) on Wednesday nights. Hercules Morse (+61 (0)3 9690 9402) is the place for drinks with all the trimmings: try Nanna Morse’s Cuppa, a dainty teacup filled with a mix of gin, lemon juice, Frangelico, gingerbread syrup and a sherbety dash of egg white. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this intoxicating hotel in South Melbourne and unpacked their terrariums and design finds, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Coppersmith in Melbourne…

Since 1870, this Clarendon Street boozer has been whetting Melburnians' thirsts and sending them home in a worse state than they were in when they arrived. Back then, the pub was called the Cricket Club, and you probably wouldn’t have wanted to wake up upstairs (you wouldn’t have got much sleep, either, and there certainly weren’t any trendy terrariums knocking around). These days, things are very different. The alcohol remains, for sure, but there’s an emphasis on top-notch dining, too. British chef Daniel Southern will distract you from the drinks cabinet with his accomplished comfort food; he’ll rustle you up a mean cooked breakfast the next morning, too.

If you bed down here now, you’re guaranteed a blissful night’s sleep. The pretty, fuss-free rooms are decorated with a lemon-meringue-pie colour scheme: lashings of white, pepped up with cheery hits of lemon-yellow here and there. You won’t forget what city you’re in, thanks to the local minibar treats – Emma & Tom muesli bars, Whisk & Pin Rocky Road treats, Wondersnack popcorn and so on. Rooms are decorated with terrariums from the florist just down the road, Ivy and Eve

Nearby Thomson Street was named after a former mayor and coppersmith, Ebeneezer Drummond Menzies Thomson. Just like Ebeneezer, Coppersmith champions artisan craftsmanship: Italian honed marble and steel polished with English beeswax in the bar; Ross Gardam and Oak & Elm furniture in rooms. Owner George was personally in charge of choosing all the bar's glasses; he even weighed the steak knives to make sure they were ergonomically supreme. We could happily continue to sing this city hotel’s charms from the rooftop (deck), but to get the best idea of the place, befriend brilliant George, who will tell you the full story over a Somerset cider (or five).

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 Coppersmith’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The atmosphere and restaurant. South Melbourne Markets are close, and worth visiting.

Don’t expect

...Early breakfast, as cafe doesn't open until 7:30.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Nov 2016

We loved

The room and it's amenities, together with the friendly and welcoming staff. And it's easy to get to with the #12 tram. Look for exhibitions at the Gasworks Art Park and the National Gallery of Victoria - both about a 25 minute walk.

Don’t expect

South Melbourne Markets are not open every day!

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2016

We loved

The young hotel and restaurant staff were so friendly and helpful, great food too, lemon soufflé is not to be missed. Recommend Donovan's restaurant in St. Kildas for lunch.

Don’t expect

A lot of hotel facilities and the surrounding streets are a bit drab.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

Nice comfortable bed, pretty room.  Staff were very helpful and friendly. Hotel is a 10-15 minute walk away is one of the best cafes you will ever find: The Kettle Black. A corker of a place: very very good food, well presented in a beautiful space - and nice friendly staff. I would stay at Coppersmith again just do that we could eat here.

Don’t expect

A view: unless a view of a wall is what you want. The 'bistro' is a corner of the bar; on the night we wanted to eat there, the bar was heaving and NOT where we felt comfortable eating. Left us high and dry. 

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The room- city chic. The in-room Nesspresso. The rooftop bar restaurant down stairs.

Don’t expect

To be close to the city - a 20 minute tram ride out of the city centre.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

Great location for exploring Melbourne, walking in Albert Park and proximity to beautiful cafes and restaurants. St Ali does fantastic coffee food, Albert Park is beautiful for a walk/run and Wyn Yard cafe did a fab breakfast

Don’t expect

Quiet from the road or the bar below or particularly attentive hotel staff. Really felt like a fantastic bar/restaurant with some rooms attached. 

Rating

Stayed on 25 Apr 2016

We loved

The en-suite bathroom, very well appointed with large showers and great bath towels.

Don’t expect

King size beds

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2016

We loved

The design, the beds, the bathrooms, the amazing restaurant and bar. And the people who looked after us were fabulous.

Don’t expect

A hotel lobby, bellboys, all the hotel cliches.

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Stayed on 28 Jan 2016

We loved

The incredibly friendly young staff!

Don’t expect

Spacious accommodation: rooms are tiny, so probably not great for extended stays.

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Stayed on 21 Jan 2016

We loved

The room was excellent – really comfortable, light and with a super shower. The hotel restaurant does a very good meal – main courses were delicious. The staff were very helpful and the hotel has a lovely relaxed feel. Do take in the views from the roof terrace – perfect for a pre-dinner drink.

Don’t expect

The facilities of a large hotel, however, all the essentials are there and very well done.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jan 2016

We loved

The rooftop deck!

Don’t expect

The amenities of a large hotel. Having said that, it had everything we needed!!

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

We loved

Everything!

Don’t expect

Large rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

Great location with trendy decor, staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and great food in the bistro.

Don’t expect

A table in the downstairs bar without booking on weekends.

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Stayed on 14 Nov 2015

We loved

Extra attentive staff in the bar/restaurant!

Don’t expect

Some extra soundproofing on the windows that face the main road would be great.

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

The rooms are quirky and cool with a great industrial look. Restaurant and bar downstairs is terrific.

Don’t expect

A big desk for working. It is less of a business hotel and more of a "fun weekend" hotel. Plus, no concierge; the reception was at the bar.

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Stayed on 26 Oct 2015

We loved

The bar and room.

Don’t expect

A big hotel with all facilities

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

The room was great and so was the owner very helpful.

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Stayed on 16 Aug 2015

We loved

the great service, the comfy bed, the spacious bathroom. Tom, who looked after us so well. The rooftop bar would be lovely in warmer weather.

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

The south Melbourne location, chic fit out the great food downstairs

Don’t expect

big rooms, unfortunately the pictures made them look bigger than they really were. Perfect for a business trip, but not for a couple with 2 suitcases and a whole lots shopping.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2015

We loved

Clean, beautiful room, friendly staff. They were happy to give me extra tea and milk :-)

Don’t expect

Breakfast was very good, pub setting for it was interesting.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

The staff could not do enough for you, very accommodating to our needs. The hotel was absolutely immaculate one of the cleanest well decorated hotels I have stayed in. I would highly recommend for anyone who wanted to stay outside the CBD but not lose that luxurious touch.

Don’t expect

The only thing that didnt work well for us was taxi's to the CBD and being stuck in traffic but that was of no fault of the hotel and the tram is located just outside the hotel for those who prefer public transport.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Feb 2015

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