Located just a few steps outside the CBD along the deliciously popular Lygon Street in Carlton, The Zagame group has added Zagame’s House, a 97-room boutique property to its portfolio. As the first of a series of hotels to come, this one is sophisticated charmer with modern design elements and a playful dash of quirk.
Following a sophisticated redesign to the tune of 18 million, what was once the Downtowner Hotel has been transformed into Zagame’s House, one of the first boutique hotels to open in along the popular Lygon Street strip.
Inside it’s dark and stylish with bold splashes of colour and some retro styling throwbacks that make it feel a bit more like staying in a glam apartment over your usual hotel room.
The duo behind the hotel, brothers Victor and Robert Zagame, said, “No expense has been spared in the transformation of this property. We invite our guests to experience for themselves the exquisite art, luxurious amenities and state of the art technology. Expect the unexpected when it comes to exceptional service as our team will impress even the most experienced traveller.”
Stepping inside, it’s a little bit retro, a little bit playful and full of colour as artworks were sourced and selected from boutique and local suppliers by the Zagame brothers themselves. Commissioned works were also completed on-site by artists Ryan Foote, Rosie Wood, Lulu Zagame and Karl Gordon, including bold murals and signature pieces. In fact, a Feng Shui master was consulted to harmonise the building for the perfect mix of relaxation and energy.
The 97-room property includes all the creature comforts you’d expect, such as king-sized beds, free Wi-Fi and lush amenities from organic UK bath and body brand, Cowshed, but it’s the added extras that truly make the experience luxe, such as the private mini wine cellar set up in the room with a variety of quality drops and high-end spirits available from your private bar. The well-stocked mini bar includes all the extra extras including the typical fare of crisps, soft drinks and mini bottles of spirits, but you’ll also find out-of-the-ordinary items such as Uno cards, hand-selected Everleigh Bottling Co. cocktails, in-house created sweet and savoury treats as well as a risqué ‘lovers kit’. There’s also an around-the-clock room service menu as well as a late-night toastie menu.
It’s also one of the few properties in Melbourne where you can stay with your pet. Guests are welcome to bring their favourite pooch to share the home away from home experience. Canine guests also receive a few extra treats such as a bag of goodies on check in, an exclusive in-room dining menu for pets, access to pet-friendly partners such as pet walking and grooming services, and if you time your stay right, your best friend can hang out with the resident Dog of the House, Hugo (depending on his schedule). Check the site or get in touch with the hotel directly about their pet-friendly policy and to make arrangements.
For corporate groups, the property includes two conferencing and special events spaces catering for up to 50 people individually. Planners can also combine both spaces for events up to 100 with chef-designed menus and technology adaptable for all occasions.
With sustainability at the forefront, Zagame’s House has implemented a variety of eco-friendly measures such as full-sized refillable bathroom amenities, a focus on utilising local and rural suppliers to reduce its carbon footprint as well as E water and composting systems.
The house wine shop, bar and eatery, Lord Lygon, offers a tasty tapas-style menu that easily pairs with the solid wine list favouring Victorian wines as well as a drool-worthy charcuterie selection. The menu champions locally sourced produce and in-house breakfast hotspot Lobby 1851 coffee house and kitchen is the ideal spot to kick-start your morning with Mansfield Coffee Merchants and an à-la-carte breakfast menu.
Zagame’s House is one spot where you’ll quickly feel at home.
Words by Gwen Luscombe