Cigars, Cognac, and Nice Pillows at Hotel Lindrum
Comissioned in 1900 by tea merchants (euphimism for English criminals) in Melbourne, Australia, Hotel Lindrum today still stands with its original Romanesque Revival style. Inside the hotel is sleek and chic.
We caught some news from the future on this one--Australia time that is--the Sydney Morning Herald paid a visit to this historical building to see how it stands in the hospitality world. The verdict looks good, as it turns out, the place won "Best Luxury Accomodation" by AAA Tourism awards in 2004.
The room design is cool and uncluttered:
It was generously proportioned and stylishly furnished in hardwood veneer with muted taupes and browns. The stand-alone wardrobe cleverly hid our bags and clothes and also housed ironing items and a safe. Business travellers would be pleased with the built-in writing desk, modem point and broadband internet access. The pillow menu took my fancy - you can order your favourite type of pillow to ensure a good night's rest
Everything about the place sounds cozy...whatever pillow you want, fireplaces, dim lighting, historic building. Plus, the hotel suggests that you cozy up in their lounge with a cognac, cigar, and game of billiards. The idea conjures images of an old-world New York. Or as one traveler put it, "New York without the attitude".