HOTEL REVIEW: The Prince – St Kilda: Melbourne, Australia

Photography by Lara Antonelli-Leorke

The Prince Hotel forms part of a Melbourne lifestyle icon. Nestled above and between the famous Prince Bandroom, Public Bar and newly formed POW Kitchen, the Prince Hotel and its counterparts of Circa, The Deck and Aurora Spa are the pinnacle of boutique bayside accommodation. Located at the seminal St Kilda address of Acland Street, the hotel boasts views over Fitzroy Street and out towards Port Phillip Bay. This prime location makes the hotel a desirable place to stay for those that enjoy the action that St Kilda offers, in terms of night life, restaurants, live music, entertainment and activities. On the flip side of that it the hotel’s relaxation offering, with the highly acclaimed Aurora Spa bestowing guests with luxury pampering only feet away from their suite. The spa and hotel are separate entities however, so you will have to make bookings with the spa direct, not via the hotel concierge. The Aurora Spa team are very accommodating and if you mention you are a guest of the hotel, they will allow you to come in early and chill out in their sublime and natural light filled relaxation lounge, complete with refreshing tea options and ASPAR products to try.


The Prince Hotel is also a favourite for lovers, who choose to celebrate weddings atop the hotel’s popular The Deck rooftop, catered by the Prince’s two-hatted restaurant Circa, headed by chef Rhys Blackley. Circa is the perfect combination of fine dining and cool ambience – a place where you can enjoy a cocktail in the sumptuous lounge area, sit on wire backed stools under a hanging garden in the Atrium Bar or enjoy world-class cuisine in the Circa restaurant. Circa also offers private dining for those special occasions, with modern rooms that include balconies so that you can soak up the St Kilda atmosphere.


The Prince Hotel is aesthetically sleek, with a dark and sophisticated entry; from the black lacquered entrance to the cascading glass and dark wood staircase that dramatically welcomes you. Past the mood lighting of the lobby and up the lift, the suites showcase a much brighter and airy feel of crisp white interiors and large windows to allow the natural light and sea breeze to filter in.


Choose from a Boutique, Deluxe, Superior or Corner suite (the latter includes a free-standing bath tub and lounge area). Pen To Paper stayed in a Superior Room which boasted a fantastic dual balcony overlooking the Fitzroy and Acland Street intersection, with views of the bay beyond. You truly are in the heart of St Kilda’s lively action when staying at The Prince, however if you would prefer to unwind and relax, sans the club-hopping, then the hotel even supplies ear plugs if the nightlife and trams of Fitzroy Street look to impede on your good night’s sleep. It is clear that The Prince knows how to do both (relax or party) very well. The Superior Suite also boasts a king sized bed, walk-in shower and New York’s Malin + Goetz products.


Service at The Prince Hotel is prompt and professional, and breakfast can be enjoyed downstairs in Circa or in your room. If you are opting for the relaxation side of your stay, then we recommend breakfast in bed – there may be a plethora of breakfast places to enjoy in St Kilda, but we could not go past the hotel’s a la carte brekkie menu.


So whether you’re staying for play or rest (or both!), The Prince Hotel has everything you could ever want, literally at your doorstep, all tied up in a luxurious and quintessentially Melbourne experience. One night just isn’t enough.


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