The Larwill Studio by Art Series | A Hidden Gem In Melbourne
In some ways I am reluctant to post this article. Why? Because I stumbled upon this little gem whilst struggling to find suitable accommodation at a decent price in Melbourne. I’m torn between keeping it to myself so that it doesn’t get too popular, and sharing it with you guys. I know it sounds like I am getting paid to write this but I am absolutely not.
The other thing I am not, is familiar with struggling to find a hotel room in a city as big as Melbourne, but on this occasion everything was booked out in the Melbourne CBD because of some game where a bunch of guys chase each other around with a ball? Now, even though I don’t mind paying a bit more for a comfortable place to stay, I was unwilling to part with $650 of my hard earned cash just to stay in the city.
I started checking around and remembered a hotel group that was reputable and had hotels outside of the CBD. Turns out they have a boutique hotel called, The Larwill Studio just 10 minutes taxi ride from the city. I checked the website for room photos and it ticked all the boxes – new, clean, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and very cosy. And then I got a quote and it was only $169 per night… this actually concerned me but I thought it was worth trying.
The reception desk had one person manning it at the time I arrived (it was fairly late), they were friendly and welcoming. The lobby was well set out and looked more like an art or design studio than a hotel lobby.
When I walked into my room, it was everything the website had promised. For an inexpensive hotel, you get bathrobes, slippers and free wifi. The bedsheets were nice, bed comfortable and the furnishings made the room feel more like a bedroom than a hotel room. This is further accentuated by the yoga mat and in room yoga guides that were provided and the limited room service available. The bathroom was basic but very clean and supplied product from EVO.
The hotel celebrates artwork by David Larwill, hence the name, not really my type of art but it wasn’t too offensive to the eyes.
The next morning, I walked down Errol St (about 12 mins walk from the Larwill) to a myriad of cafes and eateries where I got some good coffee and bought some nicely packaged chocolate from Mörk. So even though it seems like it’s away from the action, there are good venues nearby.
Next time you’re after a place to stay in Melbourne, just head to the The Larwill Studio, 10 minutes out of the CBD. You’ll save yourself a lot of money have a very, very comfortable stay.