Hotel Urban

Every year my mum and I go away for a Mother’s Day weekend together. Sometimes we go for a real road-trip to discover a new and exciting town. This year, however, we were a little tight on time, but we weren’t ready to give up on our holiday.

So instead we decided to simply take a break in our own backyard (not literally). We booked into a hotel in St Kilda, Melbourne, and on Saturday morning we drove the twenty minutes across town for two days of shopping and good coffee.

It was a disaster. The hotel (which I will not name, as they were very good about giving us a refund) was awful. We sat in silence in this dank little room for almost ten minutes, watching our lovely weekend go down the drain. And then we did the unthinkable – we asked for a refund, and we left.

We were suddenly homeless in St Kilda, so before panic could set in I whipped out my iPhone and rang a hotel around the corner. We hadn’t originally given Hotel Urban much thought, as it doesn’t face the ocean, but Amy was so welcoming on the phone we decided to walk up and have a look.

The foyer was beautiful, the staff were friendly, and the lift was wallpapered with a photo of St Kilda pier, so it felt like we were walking out over the ocean as we stepped inside (see image). And the room – oh the room! It was clean and beautiful and the artwork was interesting. We each had a robe and the writing on the shampoo and soap packaging was funny. I know it sounds silly, but these details turned our weekend around. The room faced out over Fitzroy Street, one of St Kilda’s big music streets, but (as promised) the quadruple-glazed-probably-reinforced-with-diamonds-and-invisible-concrete windows kept the room silent.

There are six different room configurations on offer at Hotel Urban, and they are all a standard price of $250 per night. There are three Hotel Urbans in Australia, one in St Kilda Melbourne, one in St Leonard’s Sydney, and one in Brisbane.

I can highly recommend a night in the Melbourne hotel, and if the other to locations match up (which I imagine they do) then they would be an equally good choice.

To find out more visit the Hotel Urban website,

Tip: Try the coffee at the hotel café. It is really to die for.

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