Tolarno Hotel is a boutique hotel housing an impressive local art collection. It is set in the heart of St Kilda, overlooking Fitzroy Street's bustling café and club precinct. Tolarno Hotel offers an array of accommodation types to suit all preferences, from Standard Rooms, through to Executive Suites and Two Bedroom Suites. Each room boasts unique art pieces, meaning no two rooms are the same. Tolarno is flamboyant and oozes character. It has a long established history of supporting the local art scene, particularly up and coming talent. Each room features work of a specific artist, with the winners of annual art prizes exhibited in the foyers.
We booked a Balcony Room, which sits behind the treetops facing onto Fitzroy Street. I had read some negative reviews about the noise from the street below, but we are accustomed to sleeping with background noise, so this was not at all an issue for us. The facilities aren't anything flashy but they don't purport to be. The only cautionary advice I would offer travellers is beware of the in room hairdryer. I had a close encounter with mine when it decided it would suck a large clump of my hair into the back end of it. (While this was quite traumatic for me, Travis found it rather amusing. After his laughter subsided, he did eventually come to my aid.)
Tolarno Hotel is set in a great location for exploring St Kilda. Right outside the hotel you'll find trams providing access to the Melbourne CBD and other attractions. It's also just a pleasant walk from St Kilda beach and Acland Street.
[okbox] This is a prime location for the vegan traveller! [/okbox]
Right across the road you'll find Veggie Time, serving up great value veg dishes. For under $10 you can grab yourself a sweet meal deal, which includes two dishes from the buffet and rice. If you're more of a noodles or salads kinda veg traveller, there's also plenty of options on the a la carte menu.
Also really nearby is Gorungo Vegetarian Restaurant, at 60 Fitzroy Street. Unfortunately we didn't have time to stop by but I checked out their website and the food looks pretty delish: gorungo.com.au
Just a short walk away, you'll find an abundance of other vegan dining options around Acland Street. Check out the ones we've mentioned in the Veg Travel Guide St Kilda weekend wrap-up here.
In addition to the great location and the unique atmosphere, Tolarno Hotel also boasts friendly and helpful staff. The reception is open 24 hours, so late arrivals are not a problem. They are also happy to store luggage after you have checked out. The rates are also reasonable, especially given the location.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Tolarno Hotel, and especially appreciated the veg friendly surroundings. Tolarno Hotel offers a great base for vegetarian and vegan travellers. Details: Tolarno Hotel 42 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Melbourne http://www.tolarnohotel.com.au