OVERVIEW \ Boutique design Hotel with rooms starting at $132
Surrounded by some of the best boutiques, restaurants, and galleries, this architectural design hotel is ideally located just outside the CBD in South Melbourne. Once the Cricket Club Hotel, this recently renovated boutique hotel has kept the 19th Century facade, but not much else, taking a bold approach with high quality finishes, rock star lighting and hand-crafted furniture. Enjoy a sunset drink on the rooftop with vertical gardens and city views, try the European inspired menu in the ultra-cool bistro, or relax in your stylish room. Coppersmith is laid-back and welcoming. It feels like coming home.
The 15 guest rooms are minimal and understated with muted fawn tones, comfortable beds, designer chairs, poufs and artful cupboards containing a mini bar, Nespresso machine and tea supplies. King and queen rooms are available.
The sophisticated bistro menu features the best seasonal produce from Victoria and further afield – and has already won plaudits. Delicious bar snacks are also available. Fans of craft beer and premium Australian wine will be equally satisfied. The breakfast selection (served daily from 7am to 10.30am) ranges from wholesome muesli to corn and zucchini fitters and poached eggs with spicy chorizo bacon.
Restaurant, Bar, Cafe, Day Spa, Room Service, Wifi, Laundry, iPod dock, AC, flatscreen TV with cable, rooftop deck, Nespresso coffee machine, Appelles Black Label bath products
435 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
30–40 minutes to get to the hotel from Tullamarine Airport (melbourneairport.com.au).
Queen room $132/$170, King room $155/$225.
*this rate is for 2 people per night
*Children of all ages are welcome. Baby 2 years and under in baby cot: free. Child 2 to 12 years in extra bed: free.
Adult or Child 13+ years in extra bed: $20/night.
NEED TO KNOW
Although Coppersmith is aimed at adults, children can be accommodated for by adding a baby cot or extra bed.
Don't go looking for a lobby, here, you check in at the bar!
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD...
Explore South Melbourne’s eclectic mix of shops, cafés, restaurants and art galleries, including the vibrant South Melbourne Market on Wednesday, Friday and weekends.
Take a stroll or jog around leafy Albert Park (home to the Australian Grand Prix in April).
Tram it to St Kilda beach and soak up the summer scene - on Sundays you’ll find a huge craft market sprawling along the Esplanade.
Chapel Street, the city's hipster hangout, has over 1,000 boutiques, street cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Take a tram into Melbourne’s centre to see world-class art at the National Gallery of Victoria and visit some of the museums.
Admire the city's fabulous Victorian architecture then spend a chilled afternoon at the Botanic Gardens.
Come late afternoon, don’t forget to take in the shimmering skyline views from the hotel's roof deck, with a cocktail in hand.
CONTACT \ booking
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*images courtesy of Christie Graham