Mr MTV and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We marked our first wedding anniversary in Brazil but this year we were not quite so exotic and decided to stick closer to home in Melbourne. While overseas jet setting was off our list we splashed out by staying a night at the same hotel we stayed at on our wedding night, The Prince.
|Smoked salmon and avocado bruschetta.|
I think I’ve just about done everything you can at The Prince from gigs in the band room, massages at the spa, dinner at Circa and so actually staying here is the next logical step really. The iconic Melbourne hotel was just as sleek and stylish as I remembered it. The place is all low lighting with minimalist, modern rooms which are decorated in chocolate box tones. The bathroom to our room was stocked with Aurora bathroom products which I love and reminded me of the brilliant Aurora spa at the hotel.
A stay at the Prince is quite good value as it includes wifi, parking and breakfast. The breakfast menu includes a mixture of simple dishes like granola and bacon and egg sandwiches alongside some more interesting fare. It’s worth a visit even if you are not staying at The Prince. Buttermilk pancakes ($14) were light and fluffy and I appreciated that they were not served with the usual blueberries or strawberries and instead were adorned with lemon curd and an exorbitant amount of mascarpone. Better still was the smoked salmon and avocado bruschetta ($18) which was served on a slab of chargrilled bread topped with eggy gribiche.
|Our room at The Prince|
The downside to our stay was service which was completely lacking at check in when the reception desk was completely deserted for at least 10 minutes and we ended up having to track down a staff member to serve us. Once we checked in we were told that the pool was closed for a private function and so we would be unable to use it for our entire stay. These things happen, but the receptionist was not at all apologetic and it would have been good to be warned of this before checking in.
I still love The Prince and it holds special memories for me but service needs to be improved to make it a truly excellent boutique hotel.
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Details: The Prince, 2 Acland Street St Kilda 3182 Ph (03 9536 1111)
Damage: Pricey. Our room cost $175 a night.