New boutique hotel aims to be a luxury home away from home
Situated in the heart of South Yarra, opposite Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the luxury 12 suites include personalised butler service.
“United Places is a creative platform, built upon my very own experiences in design, travel and hospitality,” said United Places Botanic Gardens owner Darren Rubenstein. “I wanted to create a ‘home’ for the likeminded traveller seeking experiences that celebrate locality.”
Award-winning chef Scott Pickett added his flair to the ground floor restaurant, Matilda, which will offer guests complimentary curated breakfast daily, in-room dining and priority seating in the restaurant.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a team of butlers and taken directly to their rooms to be checked-in.
“Butlers will be as present or discreet as the guest would like,” said general manager Marcus Pelham. “Ensuring their every need is catered to, from valet laundry service to private picnic set-up and everything in-between. It’s all about a personal experience and personal space.”
Spanning three floors, there are nine one-bedroom suites and three two-bedroom suites that have large sunken bathtubs overlooking the city’s skyline. The ‘extroverts’ (Garden Suites and Penthouses) overlook the Royal Botanic Gardens while the ‘introverts’ (Urban Suites and Penthouses) are a private, south-facing retreat with views of the neighbourhood’s historic mansions and red brick industrial apartments.