Spending 5 days in Victoria, we’d be just spending one night in Melbourne initially. I’d booked The Larwill Studio of a reasonable rate of $100 USD for the night on Booking.com. I rarely use Booking.com but there was a fantastic rate through a partnership with TripAdvisor. Although we’d later return to Melbourne on this trip, we wouldn’t be returning to The Larwill Studio as it wasn’t available later in the week.

Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Location: 4 of 5 Stars
Service: 5 of 5 Stars
Comfort: 5 of 5 Stars
Cleanliness: 5 of 5 Stars
Dining & Food: 4 of 5

The Larwill Studio is part of the Art Series Hotels group and is located in a shared high-rise building with an office tower and Royal Children’s Hospital. The hotel is located in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of Melbourne’s CBD. Melbourne’s CBD is a quite congested so I enjoyed the quiet location. The only the downside is there aren’t many food options immediately outside the hotel. But It’s a very short tram ride to the central business district. The hotel conveniently sells pre-loaded tram passes to guests.

Whenever, I’m in a new city, I dread having a rental car to keep up with. While great convenience can come with having your own vehicle (an being necessary for a road trip), the expense of parking along with the liability of driving a rental car is enough to get to avoid it as much as possible.

Fortunately, parking at The Larwill Studio is a breeze, even if it’s not free. We were able to park the car in the front driveway during check-in and then move it to the garage. The hotel provides a parking keycard to easily enter and exit the garage during your stay. You simply return the keycard at check-out. Parking is $25 AUD per night at The Larwill Studio.

The staff at The Larwill Studio was extremely friendly and helpful throughout out stay from check-in to check-out. The staff certainly helped make our stay in Melbourne much more comfortable with lots of tips and recommendations for our visit to the city.

Our room was on the second floor with a single king bed. The room itself was quite spacious with expansive windows the full length of the room. There was even a peek of the city skyline from the windows, even on such a low floor. The bed was extremely comfortable but on the soft side so that may not be to everyone’s personal preference. I don’t love carpeted floors but the room had a very plush premium carpet that was very cushy. It was quite nice!

The bathroom was also quite spacious with a shower and tub combination. The sink had an expansive counter pace with lots of room to store your toiletries. The towels were clean, soft and plush. The bathroom was spotlessly clean.There were tow large storage closets complete with an iron and yoga mat.

The mini-bar was stocked with lots of premium drinks and snacks including a $115 AUD bottle of  champagne. Even bottled water was for a charge of $4 AUD. There is a premium coffee maker in the room with espresso pods and tea bags. Coffee and tea are complimentary in the room.

There is an in-house restaurant that also provides room service to the hotel: Smith + Singleton. We did have breakfast in Smith + Singleton which is reasonably priced for breakfast. The food was really good along with the handcrafted coffees. The service in the restaurant was average. We only dined in the restaurant itself and did not order room service.

We definitely enjoyed our stay at The Larwill Studio. The friendly staff, cozy room, peaceful yet convenient location, and reasonable nightly rate all added up to a nice experience. I’d certainly stay here again when in Melbourne. And for $100 AUD per night, I’d say it’s quite a deal!

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