In Melbourne’s once-derelict, now hip beachside suburb of St Kilda is a unique little hotel called, simply, The Prince. Previously called the Prince of Wales, it has undergone a dramatic makeover, not only in identity but also in style.
The Prince features forty beautiful, minimal rooms of varying styles in and size. They are all furnished in crisp dark wood and painted a collection cool whites, soft mints and dusky pinks. The Prince just oozes cool in an effortless way, that is less intimidating and a touch more welcoming than many hip hotels in the same market. To say the least, it is simply a beautiful hotel and well worth the accolades that have been pouring in.
The renovation was overseen by architect Alan Powell (also a St Kilda local) and has many clever design touches that help turn the rooms from ordinary to extraordinary. Each room is fitted out in very modern and stylish designer furniture and fittings, they all have hardwood timber flooring throughout and Italian marble in the bathrooms.
The hotel has 2 restaurants, Cantina and Pow Kitchen, located on site. Cantina serves modern Tex-Mex and Pow Kitchen servers a modern South-East Asian fusion. Both restaurants are award-winning and are a destination in their own right, which many diners coming from afar just to eat there. And, incredibly (as if to prove just how much is going on here), the Prince Band Room (downstairs) plays host to international rock acts and DJs and is one of the more famous concert venues in Melbourne.
In beachside St Kilda, backpackers, families and joggers converge on the Esplanade, where yachts and windsurfers can be seen on the bay. Boom-time mansions, historic sea baths and Luna Park’s eye-catching rides are reminders of the strip’s past as a glitzy resort. Fine-dining restaurants and old European cake shops can be found on Acland and Carlisle streets. Revellers fill the area’s pubs and music venues at night.
The hotel is located on the Corner of Fitzroy and Acland Street in the heart of St Kilda, Melbourne. Both the 96 and 3 Trams stop almost right outside the door and can get you up into the centre of Melbourne in about 20 minutes. The 96 Tram, in particular, connects directly to Southern Cross Train Station, from where you can get either a Train to almost anywhere in Victoria, or a Bus to the Melbourne International Airport (which is another 20 minutes away). Melbourne Airport provides daily connections to every major city in Australia and to many International destinations as well.
Address: 2 Acland Street, 3124 Melbourne, AustraliaView larger map