December 3, 2002
The Lyall is discreet and offers magnificent accommodation. You sense the comfort and luxury as you step in the door, and if you have shopped around you are in this exclusive, small luxury hotel at a 60% or better rate - email me for details. There is an elegant reception adjacent to the trendy bar and restaurant. Nine floors, and my one bedroom apartment was on the top floor. As you go to your room you pass a mini art gallery featuring local artists. The room is magnificent and comfortable with a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen with the latest accessories. You open on to a small balcony which is totally secure, so you may leave the door open. The bed is king and extraordinarily comfortable - tv in bedroom as well and free cable TV on both sets. The bathroom is pure luxury and you can pamper yourself with a spa.
Room service is very good. I had a sensational soup and chicken finger sandwiches. You can order gourmet meals or eat downstairs in their restaurant or at one of the many cosmopolitan restaurants two or three minutes walk away.
You can stroll along the street then shop until you drop at the leading fashion boutiques Australia has to offer - very trendy and expensive, yet the astute shopper can sniff out the bargains. It is a coffee shop mecca as well, and you will find really fabulous little cafes and restaurants in South Yarra.
From journal Exploring Melbourne