Superlatives are a dime a dozen in the travel industry, "best boutique hotel", "fastest room service", "most centrally located". The Brooklyn thumbs its nose at all such descriptors and resolutely goes about its meandering and idiosyncratic sweet way undeterred.
Built in the 1800's and having lived through many incarnations she retains a slight déshabillé air about her in spite of the current grandeur. If this building were a woman she would be a retired burlesque dancer who still pops a pair of fishnets on under her sensible skirt.
Our room was one of two on the top floor, of fabulously generous proportions with a sunroom spilling out from a pair of french doors. If I was to recommend a room to you it would be difficult to choose but for the music lovers, next door had a piano that was positively calling out for some Gershwin.
Guests converge in the mornings to the breakfast room with the strains of a medieval choir issuing from a music system in the kitchen. We never stayed for the breakfast, preferring to sample the delights of the many cafes in the neighbourhood but we felt to be amongst kindred spirits as we sipped our morning tea at the large dining table.
Then there is the location, not 2 minutes walk from Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, with the temptation of Brunswick Street and Smith Street at each intersection, it would be hard to find a better situated resting place. When you tire of the delights of Melbourne the Brooklyn will welcome you back with open arms, and who knows, you might even get a flash of those fishnets!
The Brooklyn Arts Hotel, 48-50 George St, Fitzroy.