Working the Acland Street corner since 1863, The Prince Hotel has always been an embodiment of St Kilda’s ever-changing personality.

And although it’s argued that the suburb has been in a slump, St Kilda is in the midst of a revival. Fitzroy Street is now dotted with stylish eateries and the beachfront is home to some of Melbourne’s most esteemed restaurants. True to her character, The Prince Hotel has undergone an exciting overhaul that signals a new era for both the complex and St Kilda alike.


This resurgence was brilliantly captured in a Broadsheet article published earlier this month. Written by Tim Grey with photographs by Pete Dillon, the piece eloquently delves into the rise and fall of St Kilda and The Prince’s response to such evolution.

Grey focuses explicitly on our new restaurant, The Prince Dining Room. As he writes, the prestigious reputation of Circa will be eradicated to make way for haven for Melbourne’s gastronomes, offering “high-quality casual food in a casual environment.” Led by Executive Chef, Dan Hawkins, the aim for the new restaurant to be ‘locally loved,’ serving up dishes such as wood-grilled calamari or lamb tagine.

Grey’s piece exemplifies the complexity behind these recent changes at The Prince Hotel. More importantly, it underlines them as fundamental in kickstarting the “resurgence of St Kilda.”

Do us a favour and give it a read here. You won’t be disappointed.