Mar 18, 2019
Stymied by the city’s lackluster options when trying to book a room for a friend, developer Darren Rubenstein decided to take action. The first-time hotelier spent years refining the vision behind the 12-suite United Places Botanic Gardens, where apartment-style amenities and seamless service deliver a sense of understated luxury. Rubenstein joined forces with designer Sue Carr to create the hotel, a purpose-built four-story structure opposite Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, in the chichi suburb of South Yarra. The property is full of antipodean touches, from Grant Featherston Scape chairs in the living rooms to limited-edition Sullivans Cove whisky in the mini-bars. The garden-view suites have moss-green overtones and velvet drapes that close at the touch of a button, while the ones overlooking historic South Yarra are finished in a dusty pink. Butlers are on call around the clock— ask one to book a table at Matilda, chef Scott Pickett’s fire-focused eatery downstairs. —CARRIE HUTCHINSON
unitedplaces.com.au; suites from $466.