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An Iconic Melbourne Hotel Reopens

Your First Look Inside The Royce Hotel, Melbourne

Following a two-year long total refurbishment, Melbourne boutique hotel The Royce reopens this week. The transformation brings the golden age of hospitality back to the city, with complete opulence, discreet service and absolute indulgence you’d expect from a 5 star hotel.

Located on the fringe of the CBD in leafy South Yarra, the heritage-listed building, was originally designed in 1928 by the prolific Art Deco architect, Harry Norris and the leading agent for prestige cars, Kellow Falkiner. Once one of Australia’s most prestigious automobile showrooms and the original home of Rolls Royce in Melbourne, the hotel’s latest iteration pays homage to the prestigious showroom, with an illuminated porte-cochere offering the most glamorous welcome to guests, transporting them to the hey-day of the 1920s.  

Step inside the luxury hotel and be greeted by The Royce’s concierge team, before being swept into the lavish Lobby Lounge, reminiscent of old-world establishments that once played host to high-society. The art-deco inspired room is replete with plush furnishings in hues of navy blue and royal purple, as well as a centre-piece 14-metre tall curved marble fireplace, drawing guests’ eyes to the high ceilings above, adorned with a 2-metre wide chandelier.

Sure to be a showstopper, the Showroom Bar boasts a 9-metre long dark marble top bar with leather upholstered burgundy bar stools, designed to invite guests to sit back and sip on clandestine drinks well into the night, with an elegant array of British dishes available for dining all-day. 

A sweeping marble staircase curves elegantly around the side of the room, leading guests to the balcony above and through to The Royce’s Library and Ballroom. Designed for private events, The Library will provide the ideal place to enjoy a glass of champagne or classic cocktail. With floor-to-ceiling timber bookshelves lined with a curated collection of classics, the space is akin to the bespoke clubs of London, suggestive of the prohibition speakeasies, setting the evening’s tone before being whisked behind the elegantly concealed doors and into The Ballroom. Echoing the plush hues of the hotel lobby, the space with enough room for 120 guests to celebrate underneath six grand chandeliers. 

As night falls, adjourn to one of the hotel’s 94 rooms and suites, each uniquely designed, with bespoke finishes such as leather upholstery, Italian marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology.

Wake to breakfast in the hotel’s serene restaurant, where the bright and airy room features hues of duck egg blue and coral, taking inspiration from the delicate botanical wallpaper, imported from Barcelona, that lines the walls. French doors lead to a glass conservatory, providing the perfect place to dine alfresco, or sip champagne in the sunshine, transporting guests to the quintessential summer gardens of Britain.

The Royce Hotel is set to be the ultimate place for both indulgent weekends away or an overnight business stay in Melbourne. The Royce opens its doors on the 16th February 2023 with rates from $380/night, contact alluxia for bookings.

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