Cutting-edge design, contemporary artworks and sculptural furniture, and spare yet inviting luxury make this boutique hotel perfect for aficionados of unfussy elegance. The "floating" bluestone reception desk is an artistic exclamation mark. Every room has a slightly different plan, determined by the 1937 "seaside" hotel building; the timber cupboards, tables, and beds were made specifically for each space. Some rooms have views of Port Phillip Bay and some look toward
the city; all have high-end sound systems and opening windows that let in lots of light. There's a long list of indulgences on the menu at the in-house Aurora Spa Retreat, and the restaurant Circa the Prince ($$$) is one of Melbourne's best eateries.