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The Prince

2 Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Neighborhood: St. Kilda


  • Rooms : 17.5
  • Service : 18.5
  • Public Spaces : 18.0

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From A$169 (approx. $132)
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In Melbourne’s once-derelict, now hip St Kilda is a unique little hotel called, simply, The Prince. Not the Prince Hotel, or Le Petit Prince, or Macchiavelli's Prince, and since its recent renovation, no longer the Prince of Wales. After all, is there anyone less cool than the Prince of Wales, his heart-throb offspring notwithstanding?

No, this is just The Prince, forty beautiful, minimal rooms, bathed in natural light, furnished in crisp dark wood and painted a shade of white that just seems cleaner than the average white. The Prince is cool in an effortless way, less intimidating, more welcoming than many "hip" hotels - after all, shouldn't "welcoming" be the mission of the hospitality industry?

Do not misunderstand; this hotel did not happen by accident - there are plenty of clever design flourishes, and the by now obligatory Starck bathrooms. But under the guiding hand of architect Alan Powell (a St Kilda local) The Prince has been effortlessly integrated into this ascendant neighborhood.

The restaurant, Circa, and il Fornaio, a bakery and cafe, provide more (and better) dining options than one has any right to expect from such a small hotel. Did we mention the Wine Store? Or the Spa? And, incredibly (as if to prove just how much is going on here), the Prince Band Room plays host to international rock acts and DJs, and is, say it along with me now, the hip concert venue in Melbourne.

Like the city itself, this hotel is a most pleasant surprise. "Hip" is often a curse word here at Tablet, because it too often connotes an emphasis on flash over good old-fashioned hospitality. But don't hate The Prince because it's beautiful. A lesser hotel might settle for being cool, but The Prince backs up its surface with some real substance.

Travel advisory: Passport and visa requirements differ from country to country. Please check with your local authority before booking.

How to get there: The Prince is approximately a 40 minute drive from Melbourne Airport. Alternatively you can catch the SkyBus, which travels into central Melbourne every 10 minutes, and then catch the number 16 tram. Please contact to arrange airport transfers.

  • The Prince
  • 2 Acland Street, St Kilda
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Neighborhood: St. Kilda

Hotel amenities and services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

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