If you’re looking for some restoration inspiration before embarking on your own project, check out The George Hotel and Ballroom on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. It’s a beautiful combination of old, distressed plasterwork and timber which really brings out the beauty in the building’s age.
More than 160 years old, the George Ballroom became famous in the 1970s for hosting performances by Nick Cave and INXS. The hotel was converted into apartments in the 1990s and it now features a craft beer bar called Freddie Wimpoles, Named after Frederick Wimpole, who became mayor of St Kilda in 1886 who loved craft beer.
Cast your net more widely
Or, if you’re looking for an example of meticulous refurbishment from further afield, The Gritti Palace in Venice is definitely on my accommodation list next time I visit Venice. The Gritti Palace dates back to 1475 when the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, commissioned it. The first official residence of the Gritti family, it was later used as a residence for Vatican ambassadors to Venice. In the 1800s it was converted into a hotel and its stunning terrazzo floors, and remarkable collection of artworks and antiques have since been renovated and are displayed throughout the hotel.