Sometimes there is nothing better than a staycation in your own city. You get to get away from it all without driving for hours or having to brave the airport. So I was pretty happy to invited to check out Hotel Urban in St Kilda for a night’s stay.
|Hub Cafe at Hotel Urban|
The hotel is right on Fitzroy Street in the heart of St Kilda and the feel of the hotel very much reflects its location. The lift is lined with a huge picture of St Kilda pier and the rooms are modern with an injection of personality through hand painted murals and the sort of fit out that would not look out of place on the Design Files.
|Inside the Sweet Urban room at Hotel Urban|
Importantly the Sweet Urban room that I stayed in had a huge and very comfortable king size bed and a luxurious bathroom complete with a double spa bath. But it was the little details that won me over like the cute slippers embroidered with “Slow Down”, the mini bar stocked with Cacoa Chocolate and Oakdene wine and the helpful guide to the area which actually had decent dining and drinking recommendations in it. Mr Meat-and-Three-Veg liked the flat screen TV and Bose sound system.
|The huge spa bath at Hotel Urban|
The only downside to the room was the lack of a view as the windows look out onto an internal courtyard. The hotel also does not have free wifi (although it does have Apple Macs for free use in the downstairs lobby) which is fine if you are a Melburnian but is one of my pet gripes as a traveller. Overall, the room compared very favourably with The Prince just down the road which is significantly more pricey.
|Eggs Benedict at Hotel Urban’s Hub Cafe|
The best part about Hotel Urban is the breakfast which rather than being a typical hotel buffet is served a la carte at Hub Cafe. There’s decent Genovese coffee ($3) and excellent Eggs Benedict ($17) served on toasted muffins and oozing sunshine yellow egg yolk.
|Sunrise juice and Sweetcorn fritters at Hotel Urban’s Hub Cafe|
The sweet corn fritters with avocado ($17) were really light with lots of pops of freshness from the corn kernels but could have done with a sauce to add some moisture rather than the sole accompaniment of green tomato relish.
Hotel Urban is a great option if you don’t want to stay in a cookie cutter hotel which could have been plonked down in any city in the world.
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Gourmet Chick was invited to review Hotel Urban.
Details: Hotel Urban and Hub Cafe, 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 3182 (Ph 03 8530 8888) Cafe opening hours Sun – Mon 6.30am -3pm, Tues – Wed 6.30am – 9pm, Thurs -Fri 6.30am – 11pm and Sat 7am-11pm.
Damage: Reasonable. Hotel rates start at $160 a night. On this occasion I did not pay.