Need to know
14, including five suites.
Noon but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $465.00, excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (from US$15).
The vintage 1970s Citroën parked in the garden doubles up as an occasional taxi – for guests who ask nicely.
At the hotel
Library, including DVDs and vintage vinyls, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, Geneva sound system including a turntable, minibar packed with gourmet treats such as calissons, and a bathroom apothecary minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Suite One, in the Victorian house, is a moody ruby- and black-splashed space, with a glimmering vintage crystal chandelier, heavy claret-coloured curtains, a black antique desk, and sheepskin and hide rugs scattered across the glossy, dark wood floors. The sitting room’s vivid turquoise, peacock-feather-patterned walls provide a trippy shot of colour, and the spacious bathroom, with its claw-foot bath tub, opens onto an outdoor shower. Garden Suite Five’s private porch, kitted out with two vintage tan leather club chairs and a table for cocktails, is the perfect setting for midnight mischief. Alternatively, Bungalow Twelve has lofty ceilings, blue and red vintage touches, a merman-worthy bath tub and views of the pool.
The outdoor 50ft pool is lit up by a big neon ‘SOUL’ sign; very Austin, and very fabulous.
Leave your oils and unguents at home – the bathroom’s minibar treats are divine; bring a moleskin notebook to jot down Dylan-style musings.
This hippy-at-heart hotel likes to spread the love, welcoming canine guests for $25 a day – as long as owners keep pets close by and clean up after them. Smokers can light up on the outdoor patios.
Welcome – travel cots are provided for babies and there is a babysitting service (book this 24 hours in advance).
A green as grass hotel, with biodegradable cleaning products, environmentally friendly paint splashed all around and a restaurant that recycles and uses locally sourced organic produce.