When the taxi drops me off at the Coppersmith it feels like I’ve arrived to a pub. But a super modern one. The pub has been here, on this location in South Melbourne since the 19th century. But the friendly owner from Perth worked closely with the architects of Hassell Studio to turn it in a modern getaway. Not only for people to stay the night, but also for locals to have a pint, watch some sports, have dinner in their restaurant or go to the rooftop bar with a more than fabulous view over the city.


There are only 15 rooms and they are really comfortable. All in a black/white color palette with a Scandinavian touch. As the area is quiet you’ll be sure to have a good night of sleep. I’ve stayed in a Queen Room which is cozy and has everything you need as a solo traveller. If you want more space you can book the bigger rooms. On the ground floor you’ll find the bistro which serves delicious local food with a French touch. Like steak tartare, half roasted chicken or market fish. I had dinner on the roof because I was on my own and liked the view very much.


A true recommendation for couples and business travellers who don’t want to be in the center of Melbourne but like to stay in a slightly quieter area, close to the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix and the South Melbourne Market – although it’s really easy to catch a tram to the city.


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