Katya Wachtel

United Places

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United Places
United Places The four-story, contemporary, modernist cube you’ll call home.

The four-story, contemporary, modernist cube you’ll call home.

United Places The corridor-reception area is actually a clever homage to Melbourne’s famous laneways, with a bluestone path that basically extends from the actual footpath all the way inside.

The corridor-reception area is actually a clever homage to Melbourne’s famous laneways, with a bluestone path that basically extends from the actual footpath all the way inside.

United Places This kinetic piece by Melbourne sculptor Laura Woodward creates an effect at your feet that’s like orbs of light playing on the ground. It’s the only artwork in the hotel.

This kinetic piece by Melbourne sculptor Laura Woodward creates an effect at your feet that’s like orbs of light playing on the ground. It’s the only artwork in the hotel.

United Places These board-formed concrete walls resemble wood grain. You want to touch every surface in this place from the moment you walk in.

These board-formed concrete walls resemble wood grain. You want to touch every surface in this place from the moment you walk in.

United Places The suite has a kitchenette and a terrace, and the living space is nice and airy. The hand-scraped oak floors and custom brass light fixtures give it warmth.

The suite has a kitchenette and a terrace, and the living space is nice and airy. The hand-scraped oak floors and custom brass light fixtures give it warmth.

United Places The room is refined and minimalist but also comfortable and cosy. These plush, motorised velvet curtains cocoon your bed space.

The room is refined and minimalist but also comfortable and cosy. These plush, motorised velvet curtains cocoon your bed space.

United Places Did not want to get out of bed in the morning. King-size and wearing 100 percent organic cotton sheets, this patch of blankets and pillows is sleep central.

Did not want to get out of bed in the morning. King-size and wearing 100 percent organic cotton sheets, this patch of blankets and pillows is sleep central.

United Places A mirrored bathroom pod separates the bedroom and living areas. It’s essentially a large reflective cube – like a minimalist, crystal sculpture in the middle of your room.

A mirrored bathroom pod separates the bedroom and living areas. It’s essentially a large reflective cube – like a minimalist, crystal sculpture in the middle of your room.

United Places The bathroom has a futuristic, modernist feel – like how I’d imagine an ultra-luxury train transport in 2070. It’s wall-to-wall marble, with Le Labo products and plush, ethically made towels.

The bathroom has a futuristic, modernist feel – like how I’d imagine an ultra-luxury train transport in 2070. It’s wall-to-wall marble, with Le Labo products and plush, ethically made towels.

United Places The living area is super spacious with beautiful designer and custom-made furniture, including this armchair by Australian design icon Grant Featherston.

The living area is super spacious with beautiful designer and custom-made furniture, including this armchair by Australian design icon Grant Featherston.

United Places This velvet sofa, by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, gets a lot of light in the afternoon – perfect for a siesta after touring. When the drapes are down at night, the space becomes super moody and luxe.

This velvet sofa, by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, gets a lot of light in the afternoon – perfect for a siesta after touring. When the drapes are down at night, the space becomes super moody and luxe.

United Places A healthy selection of good reads.

A healthy selection of good reads.

Highs & Lows

  • Design...this is a no-expense-spared situation, with designer furniture, luxe finishes, custom light fixtures and the mirrored bath pod that’s like an in-room art installation. It was kind of mindblowing. Every minute element has been considered; every surface is sublime.

  • Sustainability...the hotel has implemented some impressive sustainability initiatives across the hotel, including: elimination of single use plastic and packaging (refillable amenities, washable slippers), harvested rainwater, solar panels for both hot water and power generation, and local products sourced wherever possible.

  • Location...literally steps from Melbourne’s beautiful Botantic Gardens, and a short and lovely walk to the CBD and major art galleries. It’s also central for exploring other cool neighbourhoods in the north and south.

  • Amenity details...each room has its own set of custom ceramic crockery by a local artist (make sure you say yes to a pot of the hotel’s delicious in-house, night-time tea to sample the mugs) and Le Labo bath products.

  • Space...room to stretch out and relax, or work, or eat. And lots of nooks to do so.

  • No traditional reception desk. The service is fantastic and thoughtful (and I always reached someone by phone) but when I went to check-out there was no-one at the desk. Call ahead from your room to avoid that.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Intimate designer hotel.

  • Vibe

    Refined and obsessively designed meets slow down and make yourself at home.

  • Location

    Stellar. On the doorstep of the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne’s leafy South Yarra neighbourhood, a short and lovely walk into the CBD and arts district.

  • Rooms

    12 suites

  • Music

    Relaxed instrumental.

  • Year Opened

    2018

  • Designed By

    Carr Design Group

  • Health & Wellness

    No and no.

  • Restaurant

    Yes – Matilda. A fire-focused, refined Australiana diner owned by one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs. Guests of United Places get priority entry. The interior alone makes it worth a visit.

  • Bar

    There’s a bar at Matilda, but not a hotel lobby bar or anything.

  • Minibar

    Stocked with local food and drink, including virtually-impossible-to-get Sullivans Cove whisky – deemed one of the world’s best.

  • Children

    Bring them.

  • Price

    Exxy, beginning at $650 per night.

  • Website

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