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Hotel Lindrum, Melbourne 

26 Flinders Street
Australia 3000
Tel: 61 3 9668 1111
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This red-brick Romanesque revival mansion, built in 1900, served for many decades as the headquarters of the Herald and Weekly Times, Ltd., publisher of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper the Herald Sun. Sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains, cushy couches, a fireplace, and a billiard room make the lobby feel like a bachelor's town house. The 36-seat restaurant, Felt, serves a Euro-influenced seasonal menu, with dishes such as pan-seared barramundi with savoy cabbage and lardoons in a tarragon and saffron cream sauce. The 59 rooms are minimalist-luxe, with angular wood furnishings, plush upholstery in shades of cream and brown, unadorned walls, and clubby ambient lighting. All the usual extras are supplied, plus there are free in-house movie, CD, and pillow menus. Deluxe rooms have deep bay or high-arched windows overlooking Melbourne Park, the Botanic Gardens, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Definitely worth the splurge.

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