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The Urbanist’s Melbourne: Where to Stay


The Windsor  

Where the Locals Would Stay

Brooklyn Arts Hotel (from $115; 48-50 George St., Fitzroy; 9419-9328)—the name is a nod to its bohemian feel—is a seven-room Victorian house on a quiet residential street owned by a filmmaker-artist. The ceilings are high, and there’s a pretty courtyard buzzing with native birds. It’s near the city’s hippest restaurants and galleries.” —Harry Azidis, hairdresser

The Windsor (from $225; 111 Spring St.; 9633-6001) has been around since 1883 (the Australian Constitution was drafted there), and while it’s undergone several makeovers, the classic aesthetic is intact: claw-foot bathtubs, regal floral carpets. The high tea served in the dining room is incredible.” —Briony Towers, sociocultural psychologist


“Splurge on a penthouse room at the Blackman (from $750; 452 St. Kilda Rd.; 9039-1444). It’s an art-themed hotel: The décor is inspired by Charles Blackman’s Alice in Wonderland paintings. Each room has its own collection of art books, butler service, and breathtaking views of the city.” —Carolyn Wadey-Barron, book editor


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