The Prince

melbourne, australia

With other well-known tourist hubs in Australia like Sydney and Gold Coast, a place called St. Kilda, Melbourne probably isn’t the first you’d think to visit. But this seaside suburb, only six kilometers from the central business district, offers vibrant nightlife as well as a peek into rich bohemian history.

The Prince, a boutique hotel found in St. Kilda, might seem plain from afar. Once you look past the beige walls and white windows, though, you’ll find modish interiors fit for the most style-savvy guests. Near the entry point, a long, black reception table compliments the dark wooden floors. A wide, black staircase, meanwhile, leads to the various rooms and suites.

The minimalist rooms have elegant color schemes of white, black, brown, gray, yellow and red. To decorate the walls, there are abstract paintings and light fixtures made from cray pots, which are popular in Australia. For the premier suite, the hotel’s largest type available, a private balcony overlooks Fitzroy Street, a thriving commercial area where one can eat, go barhopping, or take leisurely walks along the nearby St. Kilda beach.

You don’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy your vacation. There’s fine dining at Circa, The Prince’s award-winning restaurant; a range of spa treatments at the Aurora spa; and parties to crash at a function hall called The Deck.

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