United places is the quintessential boutique hotel. It’s small, high quality and personalized.
There are only 12 rooms over 3 floors, and every room is a suite. The slightly higher prices of the rooms are justified once you see the size of the suites, the qualities of the furnishings and the most perfect location in front of the botanical gardens. The entrance is almost hidden away and there is no standard lobby. You are immediately welcomed by the friendly staff member and shown directly to your room.
The room is spacious, modern and feels very antipodean. The decor is moody, homely and yet very practical. The bedroom is divided off by automatic velvet curtain, which is very sexy. The living room opens upto to the spacious balcony. There is a fully functioning kitchenette with some surprisingly high quality appliances and utensils. Everything including the curtains, lights and TV are controlled by an ipad, which may confuse the older generation, but I thought it was cool.
My favourite part of the room is the outrageously oversized double rainshower, which is completely surrounded by one way glass so you can see out, but there is total privacy. The Le Labo toiletries are awesome and I come out smelling like a fancy day spa.
Our balcony was nice, and it faced the rooftops of south yarra. A nice view, but I would prefer the gardens on the otherside.
My favourite part of the hotel are the free pushbikes out front and it’s immediate location to the gardens. We rode around on these cool bikes for most of the afternoon, enjoying the sun and the trees, it’s an awesome way to do some incidental exercise, sightsee and relax.
Service is friendly and very easy. This is where boutique hotels really excels. Whatever you want is there immediately, and you’re always dealing with the same person, so they know who you are and all your crazy whims. The second girl we met, who’s name I cannot recall was just so bubbly and vivacious, and really made us feel special.
Breakfast is ordered from the day before. You tick what you want and it will be delivered to your room in the morning. It’s made by the restaurant downstairs called Matilda 159, in which was had an AMAZING meal!! definitely worth booking a dinner there if you stay here.
There are some downsides to this hotel that’s inherent to small boutiques. There are no public spaces, no spa and no pool, which can be important for some. However, you are getting an apartment style stay that has all the service and quality of a luxury hotel.
4.23 out 5. Quintessential Antipodean Boutique hotel.