The Mansion Suite – The Bloomfield Hotel, South Yarra.

The Bloomfield restaurant – brilliant eclectic decor, vintage furniture, black and white stripes and retro styling…

The Bloomfield exterior

I quite often get emails from people asking about accommodation in Melbourne… I must say I never know quite what to recommend – mainly because all the gorgeous boutique hotels, are, of course, insanely expensive. Or at least that’s what I thought.

Enter The Bloomfield – a gem of a hotel in leafy South Yarra, with such fabulously eclectic decor, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into some kooky little Notting Hill guesthouse straight from the storyboard of a Working Title film, circa 1999. Except that rates start at just $99 a night – not a price you’d find in London I expect (even in the late 90′s).

I LOVE the fact that each room has different decor – a brilliant mix of new and vintage… and although it’s perfectly put together, it feels real and unfussy. And how about the restaurant – with it’s deep retro banquettes and Rolling Stones posters..! Just like a little slice of the East Village right here in sweet, sparkly Melbourne. :)

But if you still need convincing – The Bloomfield just installed a rooftop pool! Check out the most delicious photos below which I have snaffled (with permission of course!) from a friend of a friend who recently had a birthday party there! O.M.G! You can’t really go wrong with oversized scarlet cushions and pink candy stripes can you?

Thankyou x 1000 to Jessie for her FAB photos below… and do pop over to visit her lovely little blog and say hello! Man, I gotta get me an invite to her next birthday party!

All pool party photos courtesy Jessie Oldfield and Raphael Kilpatrick

Photos courtesy Jessie Oldfield and Raphael Kilpatrick

Photos courtesy Jessie Oldfield and Raphael Kilpatrick

Photos courtesy Jessie Oldfield and Raphael Kilpatrick. Not surprised the birthday girl has a big smile on her face!

photos courtesy Jessie Oldfield and Raphael Kilpatrick

City skyline pool from the Bloomfield website