Hotel Lindrum, Melbourne
After staying in large chain hotels with rewards schemes for a few years, things can get a little same same (Klai Klai Gan, as they’d say in our old home in Chiang Mai). Over the past few years, we used one hotel and it looked the same everywhere (including the menu), no matter which city or country you were in.
The past year we’ve been mixing it up and staying at a mix of boutique hotels, guesthouses, AirBnB homes, and trying out other chain hotels.
By far, Hotel Lindrum is one of the most beautiful and stylish hotels we’ve stayed at in this time. On top of this, the service was some of the best we’ve ever received in our extensive travels.
Accommodation & Location
On this occasion, I’m travelling solo, and I stay in a Deluxe Room.
There’s been a recent refurbishment in all of the rooms by award winning Bate Smart Architects. The room is beautiful: the furnishings are pastels and neutrals, complimented by strong reds and dark timber. The enormous bay windows looking over Melbourne Gardens and the cricket grounds let plenty of light into the room.
After a drive from Sydney to Canberra, then Canberra to Melbourne, I’m grateful to fall into one of the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve slept in, with an enormous mound of pillows.
The bathroom is large, and comes stocked with Appelles Apothecary toiletries. This range of toiletries is one of the best I’ve seen in hotels in Australia. This botanical range is by an Australian skincare company, and smells just divine. The bath is a generous size, and the multiple shower heads are luxurious.
The in-room facilities are vast, and include useful things like a luggage storage area and free (fast) wifi, and luxuries like a gourmet minibar, fluffy robes and slippers, and a pillow menu.
Hotel Lindrum is in the perfect location for tourists. It’s close enough to walk to Flinders Station and Federation Square, but far away enough that you don’t get noise from any of these areas. It’s the perfect base to see the Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and to check out the shopping, food and drinking delights of nearby Fitzroy and St Kilda.
Dining, Staff, and Check In & Check Out
My check in and check out experiences are delightful. The hotel staff is warm and friendly, which is nice after a long drive in bumper to bumper traffic.
Bhuvani checks me in, and as it’s getting dark, enquires about my dining plans. Being a bit exhausted, I was tossing up between running down to Lord of the Fries at Flinders Street, and ordering room service. I was a naughty vegan on this occasion, and hadn’t rung ahead to see if I could be accommodated. I let Bhuvani know that I’m difficult to feed, and he tells me not to worry, he’s a vegetarian, and that the Hotel’s restaurant had some great meals to cater towards vegan and vegetarian diets.
For dinner I have the pea risotto, and for breakfast I have a plate of sides. The plate of sides ended up being one of the most delicious breakfasts I’ve ever had: tea leaf smoked tomatoes, crispy kale, hashbrowns, with sourdough toast. There’s no vegan breakfast on the menu as such, but this makes a delicious, filling, and nutritious vegan brekkie.
On checking out, I tell the manager what a lovely breakfast I’ve had and tell him how nice it was of the kitchen to accommodate my strange requests with very little notice. He reassures me that my requests are not too strange, and they see a lot of odd ones in the hospitality industry!
Would we stay here again?
Definitely. I already have plans to stay here on our next trip to Melbourne – this time promising my husband he could come for the trip!
Location & contact details: 26 Flinders Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia +61 3 9668 1111 F. +61 3 9668 1199 E. H8757-RE@accor.com
Check In & Check Out: 2pm and 11AM.
Cost: Studio Room $245, Superior Room $270, Deluxe Room $310