From the outside the Lyall hotel looks pretty posh- all polished brass and stylish lettering. But here the formality ends as the staff greet you with exceptional warmness which reflects that this is a small owner run boutique hotel where everyone pitches in to make sure their guests are very well looked after. Thick carpets, muted lighting and original artwork give it a cosy vibe, and you can easily picture yourself curled up in one of the plush sofas reading a magazine by one of the fires central to each floor.
Each of the 40 rooms is actually a suite, with a leafy balcony, a spacious bathroom, a convenient kitchen and TVs you can watch from the lounge, the bed or bath. The hotel is situated on a quiet tree lined street minutes from the hub of South Yarra- so perfect for boutique shopping, grabbing a bite or even an afternoon people watching from a street-side terrace.