Some visitors think of the Lyall as their Melbourne home. The 40 suites are certainly bigger than most hotel rooms, with private terraces and large bathrooms with (importantly in a Melbourne winter) underfloor heating. The design is lush, contemporary oriental with locally made furniture and plush fabrics. The service is beyond compare and, even though it’s a popular destination for celebs looking for a low-key stay, everyone is treated as a VIP. The three-level spa is a respite from the outside world, with treatments including jet-lag steam sessions, naturopathy and sensory massages.
The Lyall is perfectly matched to its fashionable locale of South Yarra, with chic restaurants and boutiques (guests receive a shopping privilege card) all around.