Each serviced apartment is individually decorated and exceedingly characterful and comfortable.
89 Church Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 9428 8859
The location Richmond is about 5km east of the city centre, and Andre's Mews is close to Victoria Street at the northern reaches of the suburb, with easy access to trams and Vietnamese restaurants. It's a 10-minute walk to Bridge Road's fashion stores and cafes.
The place A large, brick Edwardian home is the core of this complex of 10 serviced apartments, each individually decorated and exceedingly characterful and comfortable. New constructions blend happily with the old; all apartments cluster around a central courtyard and fountain next to the old stables. Apartments are self-contained with modern kitchens and elegant bathrooms. There are balconies and terraces, but the views in this part of Richmond are gritty rather than gorgeous.
The experience Furnishings are luxurious, suggesting indulgence and relaxation; attic rooms have a feeling of seclusion and retreat. Neither young children nor parties are encouraged, so peace is assured. Books and magazines lie around invitingly, suggesting quiet hours on plump, beckoning couches. Richmond's fabulous Gleadell Street market operates every Saturday morning, so guests might like to buy fresh produce for their apartment kitchen or picnic supplies to enjoy during a game at the nearby MCG.
Don't miss Richmond is one of Melbourne's most dynamic restaurant suburbs and Union Dining (270 Swan Street, Richmond; 03 9428 2988) is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant serving stylish provincial European food, plus drinks and snacks on a rooftop deck. It's a quick tram ride or 20-minute walk from Andre's Mews.
Need to know
Cost: One-bedroom apartment from $360 a night. Two-bedroom from $480 a night. Two-night minimum stay.
Where: 5km (10 minutes' drive) east of Melbourne's CBD; 15 minutes by tram.
Wheelchair access: No.