Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street might have been accepting guests for less than a year, but its history dates back to 1930 as Melbourne’s heritage-listed Equity Chambers. I love a hotel with a story in preference to a boring carbon copy seen worldwide, and Hilton Melbourne LQS delivers on that.
As a building renowned for its architectural style, the transformation has cleverly combined old charm with contemporary design, giving a sense of the building’s history while incorporating all the facilities a modern traveller requires. The design starts from the laneway entrance on Little Queen Street where a colourful mural is reflected in external bronze panels that form part of the hotel’s lobby. Once inside, marble and sandstone meet wooden oak and bronze finishes, with high ceilings in abundance.
Hilton Melbourne LQS features 244 rooms, including five spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, a fully equipped gym, and seven meeting and event spaces.
In this post:
- Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Location
- Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Room Types
- The room – Deluxe Corner
- Dining At Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
- Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Facilities
- Summing Up – Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Location
Although called Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, the hotel actually faces the less velvet-sounding Bourke Street. You will however find the rather discreet reception hidden away on Little Queen Street.
The city location puts guests within walking distance to Melbourne’s CBD and shopping heart, as well as Southern Cross Station. Free city trams run regularly from the doorstep, with a short trip getting you to the Docklands precinct and Southbank.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Room Types
Hilton offers six guestrooms to choose from, with the largest offering 36sqm of space. Each room is similar by design, with the top-tier King Premier rooms located on higher floors with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in city views.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street offers a choice of three suites. Each boasts a separate living area and luxurious bathroom with a deep bathtub, walk-in rain shower and premium bath amenities. A king-sized Hilton Serenity bed can be found in each suite, along with a beautifully upholstered chaise lounge, a dedicated workspace and locally sourced welcome amenities.
King Junior Suite: The first suite type is comfortable at 43sqm, with a separate living area and a spacious bathroom.
King Premium Suite: At 55sqm there is plenty of space to unwind in this contemporary translation of the interior detailing inspired by the heritage building.
King Master Suite: Previously used as a boardroom and office for the legal fraternity, this suite retains its heritage character. The original timber panelling and decorative mouldings have been restored along with cast bronze grills below the casement windows. The suite offers 55sqm of space, with an entry hall and separate living area.
The room – Deluxe Corner
For my stay, I was offered a deluxe corner room. The space is stylish and practical with a sophisticated mix of navy and grey upholstery hues, marble stone finishes and bronze details. Located on an upper floor, views are mostly a jumble of uninspiring tower blocks.
Guest rooms are small, but floor to ceiling windows help to make the space feel comfortable. The Hilton Serenity bed is excellent, with additional pillows available if the ones on the bed don’t cut it for you.
In-room controls are just what you’d expect from a modern hotel, with simple lighting and climate control as well as electric blinds. There’s a large TV perfectly located at the end of the bed, which doubles as a hotel guide and is also where you’ll find in-room dining options.
Adjacent to the entrance is a useful storage area, where you’ll find robes and slippers. Hilton provides coffee bags by local Dukes Coffee Roasters which were surprisingly good, along with tea and Santa Vittoria mineral water. As with most hotels at the moment, the minibar was left empty.
The vibe carries through to the bathroom, where moody lighting and brass fittings complement marble stone. Nothing to complain about here.
Dining At Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Located in the building’s former grand banking hall and accessed via the bustling thoroughfare of Bourke Street, Luci restaurant carries its own entrance independent of the laneway lobby. The restaurant serves contemporary Australian cuisine with Executive Chef Sam Moore taking his inspiration from European migrants who travelled to Melbourne in the 1950s. The modern Australian menu is accented with hints of Italian and European culinary traditions and nods to Melbourne’s history and evolution into a cosmopolitan culinary city.
The Douglas Club
The Douglas Club accompanies Luci restaurant as a contemporary take on a classic cocktail bar. The opulent lounge bar offers pretty much any drink you can dream up, plus snacks.
Unfortunately, Luci was closed during my stay, with staff putting the temporary closure down to the pandemic. As my stay included a restaurant credit, I was offered room service as an alternative. Of course, the wagyu beef burger alongside a cider (or two, or three) was an option I couldn’t turn down. Other choices included:
- Thai coconut curry carrot soup
- Pork and pistachio terrine
- Grass-fed beef striploin
- Pan-roasted barramundi
- Roasted chicken breast
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street serves a fantastic buffet breakfast at Luci from 6:30am to 10am on weekdays, and 7am to 11am on weekends. Unlike most hotels, barista drinks come at an additional cost, although tea and filter coffee are complimentary. The selection during my stay was impressive, with an assortment of hot choices alongside cold cuts, yoghurt, toast and cereal.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Facilities
Hotel History Tour
Hilton Melbourne LQS offers a self-guided hotel history tour to all guests. It’s an interesting concept, with the colourful past of the building revealed over the course of a short walk around the hotel’s public spaces. At each of the eight stops, you’ll find a smartphone scannable QR code that reveals the building’s secrets.
Guests can work up a sweat at Hilton Melbourne LQS’s fully equipped gym. Equipment includes treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes.
Summing Up – Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
There is a lot to love about Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street. It’s a hotel that stands out brightly within the competitive Melbourne accommodation market, with everything you need for a city stay, including a location that is hard to beat. I’m a huge fan of the restored areas and their seamless integration within a sophisticated hotel design.
It was disappointing to find Luci was closed for dinner, with the blame thrown on the pandemic despite the same restaurant being open for breakfast. Thankfully hotel staff were proactive and informed me at check-in, offering room service as an alternative.
I will certainly look at visiting Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street again, but for now, some of the room types remain overpriced. I would recommend an all-inclusive package to extract maximum value, as the outright room cost isn’t the best. So, is it worth a visit? Absolutely!