Inner-city Melbourne Sanctuary: The White Room


The ever-trendy Fitzroy, in Melbourne’s inner-north is abound with amazing accommodation options to choose from, streets filled with loft apartments, terrace row cottages, and modern unit complexes. However, within all this hustle and bustle rests a private sanctuary that makes for an amazing space to enjoy your down time in, while you indulge in the cultural Mecca that is Melbourne. Tucked away down an adorable and very Instagram-worthy cobble stone laneway off Newry Street, the White Room provides the perfect space for a couple’s escape or for peaceful recharging.

The nonchalant entry, dramatically underplays the beauty and character held behind it’s timber doorway and vine-covered façade. Every aspect of this room has been carefully thought out, every knick and knack strategically placed tells a story and dares us to delve deeper into the experience it yearns to offer. French windows open to an intimate courtyard, with towering walls entangled with a forest of vines and greenery providing a buffer from frenzied city life just metres outside.

This space had everything we needed for our short but sweet stay here. Being in Melbourne, Australia’s food capital, means we wanted to take advantage of the endless, mouth-watering, hunger-inducing eateries. The White Room’s neat bonus is that it’s curator – Lynda Gardener, provides her guests with a best of the best list of Melbourne’s famed dining and drinking options. Using her list proved to be worth every penny, as we continued to indulge in a haven of delicious foods and drinks, all within easy reach, this made for a very easy stumble home with our constantly bulging bellies. Be sure to peruse our other posts to hear about some of our favourite picks.

If, unlike us, you like to save some dollars and eat your own food, the White Room comes with a small but functional kitchenette, with appliances and utensils that will make you want to completely rethink your own kitchenware. Plus, a selection of cereals, tea, coffee and of course a cookie jar proved very handy as a late-night snack.

The hardest thing we found with the White Room was that there was so much to be experienced in this intimate space, you almost didn’t want to leave and explore the amazing city outside. After our hour-long photo shoot (one of many photo shoots to be had in the White Room during our short stay), we spent some time reading through the robust library choices with everything from design and interior magazines, to classic novels, a skim through the guest book warmed our hearts as we delighted in other people’s similar experiences in this magical place. Every minute we spent in the White Room made us feel further from reality and as though we had truly engaged in a weekend escape.

We won’t forget returning after a long day of playing tourist in Melbourne and seeking solace in the bedding and linen fit for royalty, our comfort levels peaking as the soft sunset trickled upon us through the greenery outside, it didn’t take us long to declare our love for this room and the mastermind behind it all.



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