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Lyall Hotel and Spa

16 Murphy St South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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#51 of 168 hotels in Melbourne
Consider The Lyall your private club in Melbourne (without the fees). A true 5 Star service Boutique Hotel centrally located close to Toorak Road / Chapel Street shops and restaurants. Melbourne's only privately owned/operated luxury hotel with 40 one and two bedroom suites of contemporary oriental design. The Lyall Hotel and Spa's welcoming ambience attracts a discerning international clientele seeking genuine and professional service whether travelling for business or leisure. All suites have full length windows that open for fresh air and a balcony.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Ana_London_79 wrote a review Mar 2020
London144 contributions111 helpful votes
The Lyall was a great location for really nice restaurants nearby (highly recommend the pizza at Versachi and the pasta at Cucinetta, both available to take away). The staff was not as attentive or friendly as in other places we've stayed in Australia and the hotel is a bit outdated and perhaps a tad overpriced given the current state, but overall a good stay.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Rowina T, Owner at Lyall Hotel and Spa
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Dear Ana_London_79, Thank you for your feedback, it is appreciated. I was surprised to read that the staff was not attentive or friendly as our staff are known for their service and friendliness, I am sorry that this was your experience. I was pleased to read that you enjoyed our location. We are surrounded by great shops and restaurants. With kind regards, Rowina T Hotelier
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traveller1198 wrote a review Mar 2020
West Midlands21 contributions47 helpful votes
Booked as part of Mr Mrs Smith portfolio. Surprised it was part of their group. Decor tired, rooms drab. Location not great 10 minutes by train into Melbourne centre. Surrounding area/ shops seem to be on downward trend... empty shops lots of fast food restaurants. Would probably suit business person on a longer stay, who would prefer a ‘suite’ with kitchen and sitting area. But... staff very helpful and good service.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rowina T, Owner at Lyall Hotel and Spa
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Dear traveller 1198, Thank you for your feedback, it is appreciated. The Lyall is an urban boutique hotel with a city fringe, South Yarra address. The experience is to "Live Like a Local" and if you don't need to be in the CBD, its a pleasant option to be surrounded by greenery but still enjoy the easy access to city centre. South Yarra is a village with a great array of world class shops and restaurants. We provide our guests with a Restaurant Guide which we compile and a an Exclusive Shopping Privilege Card to introduce guests to the local offerings. Toorak Road (our location) is thriving. i'm sorry to read that you found the decor tired, we will be conducting a refurbishment this year. With kind regards, Rowina T Hotelier
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ReanaT18 wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel is very well located in South Yarra, close to shops and restaurants, but is most definitely not a 5-star hotel. I booked this hotel during the Australian Open due to its suite setup and recommendation from Mr and Mrs Smith, but my family arrived and immediately started calling other hotels in the area asking for availability upon seeing the setup. Unfortunately, due to the tournament, nothing else was available. The rooms were worn and dated - very few outlets in the rooms, DVD player for the outdated TV, hot water kettle was broken, multiple lights were out, our shower door was taped with duct tape. There is no valet area or driveway for the hotel. Staff were friendly and responsive, but the hotel itself has not been a 5-star hotel for many, many years. I feel the hotel really misrepresents itself online - there are four or five tables set up in the lobby area for breakfast, no real restaurant or bar. I have also contacted Mr and Mrs Smith instructing them to modify their description of this hotel. If you are looking for a 3-star accommodation in South Yarra for a family, this might be your spot. This hotel is about the level of a Marriott Residence Inn, but much less modern.
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Date of stay: January 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Rowina T, Owner at Lyall Hotel and Spa
Responded 9 Mar 2020
Dear Reana T, Thank you for your feedback on your stay during the Australian Open. I am sorry that we did not meet your expectations on this visit. I'm glad to read that you found our staff responsive, they were able to resolve the housekeeping issues that you had. We are working on an extensive refurbishment for this year. Several soft refurbishments have been carried out since opening in 2002, the last being curtains, bedheads and cushions in suites and refresh of the public areas which included carpet in 2017. The hotel has been styled in contemporary oriental design with quality timeless finishes rather than mass produced cheaper furniture and fittings. The Lyall is a boutique hotel in the true sense of the word, we have 40 suites, a small all-day bistro space and champagne bar, we also serve meals on the terrace and in The Library. Our kitchen is open 24 hours for room service and our Lyall Spa is award winning. This is the typical Mr & Mrs Smith hotel. Our guests enjoy its intimate atmosphere and having the staff greet them by name. The Lyall does have a valet parking zone and a driveway. With kind regards, Rowina T Hotelier
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Sue H wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions13 helpful votes
Beautiful, spotless rooms and great service. Location was perfect, in a quiet street and about 20m from Chapel St. surrounded by good restaurants and shopping. Breakfast was memorable! Will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
3 Helpful votes
Response from Rowina T, Owner at Lyall Hotel and Spa
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Dear Sue, Thank you for this great review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are delighted to read that you thought our rooms were beautiful and spotless. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our service and location in a quiet street and its proximity to lots of great shops and restaurants. Thank you highlighting our breakfast. We look forward to welcming you back to The Lyall . With thanks, Rowina T Hotelier
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Debra H wrote a review Jan 2020
Shipton Oliffe, United Kingdom3 contributions
We were travelling through Australia and I booked this hotel with high hopes of the description - a boutique hotel frequented by the likes of Olivia Newton John. On arrival, the location looked great and the outside of the building was promising. Having been shown to our room, have to say I was underwhelmed. The decor was drab and tired. Stains were found on the sofa and carpet. The bathroom could do with a refit with dirty grout in the tiles, a chip in the bath and smeared glass on the shower. Cheap coffee sachets had been left in the kitchen area. No docking station to play music. The bar area wasn’t anything special and I noticed a huge cobweb on the ceiling above me whilst I had a glass of wine. We paid over $350 per night for this hotel and would have to say it was over-priced for what you got. I see the hotel has received similar feedback so I really think it’s time the hotel got it’s renovation. Such a shame as the area of South Yarra was lovely and offered so much
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from Rowina T, Owner at Lyall Hotel and Spa
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Dear Debra, Thank you for choosing to stay at The Lyall and for your feedback. We are currently in the final stages of refurbishment plans which will occur this year. i apologise that your experience did not meet expectations this time but hope to welcome you back in the future as we do have a unique hotel in a great area, South Yarra.. Best wishes, Rowina T Hotelier
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USD 155 - USD 293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lyall Hotel and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Rush Escape Game (0.1 km), Country Road (0.5 km), and Arden Street Oval (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cucinetta, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, and Two Birds One Stone.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Lyall Hotel and Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lyall Hotel and Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Lyall Hotel and Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Lyall Hotel and Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Melbourne Gaol (4.0 km), St. Patrick's Cathedral (3.3 km), and Rippon Lea Estate (4.6 km).