The Prince

2 Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
St. Kilda

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18
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  • Rooms17.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18
  • Overall18
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Hotel Description

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 restaurants, Cantina St Kilda and POW Kitchen — indulgent Tex-Mex at the former and brew-driven South Asian at the latter — 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 something of a vexed 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.

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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.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 40 Rooms
  • Style: Cutting-Edge
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

Need to Know

Parking is available at A$15 per day.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

11am

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  • Boutique Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Double/Full Bed
    • 107 ft²/10 m².
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    Views: partial sea, partial courtyard or city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD library
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • REN bath amenities
    • safe
    • working desk
  • Deluxe Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 172 ft²/16 m².
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    Views: partial ocean, courtyard, street or city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD library
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minibar
    • phones
    • REN bath amenities
    • safe
    • working desk
  • Superior Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 193 ft²/18 m².
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    Views: partial ocean, street or city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD library
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • REN bath amenities
    • safe
    • terrace
    • working desk
  • Premier Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 365 ft²/34 m².
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    Views: partial ocean, street or city.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD library
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iron
    • minibar
    • phones
    • Premier Suites offer spacious studio living
    • rain shower
    • REN bath amenities
    • safe
    • soaking tub
    • sofa
    • terrace
    • working desk
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

Need to Know

Parking is available at A$15 per day.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

11am

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