Need to know
There are 40 rooms, separated into Single, Deluxe, Superior and Premier Suite categories.
11am, flexible if there’s availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $117.18 (AU$154), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast. Guests can choose one item from the menu (including granola, pancakes, croque monsieur, avocado and ricotta on toast, eggs in different styles) and juice or coffee for US$18, or order à la carte.
The hotel’s respected Aurora Spa Retreat gets booked up well in advance, so bag a treatment when you reserve your room.
At the hotel
CD/DVD library, free WiFi in the foyer, spa. In rooms: TV, DVD player, free broadband, Aurora Spa Rituals amenities packs, minibar, radio alarm clock.
Our favourite rooms
All the rooms have a different layout. We love high-ceilinged Room 413, a Premier Suite, which comes with a separate living area, an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair and a freestanding Philippe Starck tub in the bathroom. Its private balcony offers wonderful vistas of Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne city skyline. We also like Room 309, a Superior, for its sheer size and great views.
Talk about a lucky dip - the Circa's indoor pool is frequently closed for private events, but you may be able to score a splash during your stay. It lies behind sliding glass screens and adjacent to an elegant tiled deck that’s dotted with white faux-leather sofas. The expansive outside deck boasts larger day beds and views over Port Philip Bay and back to the city.
Ear plugs might come in handy as noise from gigs at the Prince Bandroom and pub below the hotel can spill over on Fridays and weekends until 3am. Bring trainers or rollerblades to make the most of the St Kilda promenade.
Check the dates of the ear-splitting Australian Grand Prix if you’re planning on staying at the hotel in March. The Prince is only a five-minute stroll from Albert Park, where the Formula 1 race is held annually.
Baby cots are provided for free and rollaway beds for kids for AU$50 a night. The concierge can book a babysitter for a minimum of three hours, price on application.