Concierge.com's insider take:
The all-suite Lyall opened in 2002 in Melbourne's most designer-heavy neighborhood, South Yarra, but it draws high-end travelers of every stripe. Every floor of this plush home-away-from-home has its own mini art gallery, lined with works by local French-born artist Thierry B. Fashionistas love the location, the bathrooms with no-fog mirrors, the Champagne bar, and the holistic Lyall Spa, while business types can use the tranquil library with wood-burning fireplaces, the all-day bistro, and the full-service office/lounge. Everyone appreciates the well-appointed suites, whose gold-toned soft furnishings are as luxurious as the in-room amenities (private balconies, DVD players, and Wi-Fi). Some rooms offer spa baths, laundry facilities, and full kitchens. The latter could be useful, since this leafy neighborhood, roughly equidistant from St. Kilda and the City Centre, is home to superior delis and bottle shops.