Larwill Studio

Boutique hotel in North Melbourne, Parkville & West Melbourne

Named after artist David Larwill (1956–2011), whose colourful paintings brighten the walls, this hotel is within the Royal Children's Hospital. Don't let that put you off: rooms are fresh, breezy and not remotely hospital-like. There's a focus on wellbeing, with free gym classes and pram hire. Pay more for a park-view corner room.

Try Smith + Singleton cafe here, open 7am to 10pm.