It's back, baby. The Saint Hotel is the latest iteration of the historic (and much loved) Saint building in St Kilda, and it's never looked better.
Located at 54 Fitzroy Street, the venue has had an incredible facelift and is set to be home to five dining and drinking destinations all under the one roof.
Previously a bank, a pub and then a nightclub, the newest revival of the Saint building has been overseen by a range of hospitality professionals including general manager Mrinal Beekarry, key partners James D Field and his father James M Field, and the team from architecture and design firm, Telha Clarke.
"It was a beautiful building and we saw so much potential," said Beekarry, who also noted he’d been lucky enough to find people along the way to share in his enthusiasm and passion.
At the epicentre of the Saint Hotel is Saint Dining, located on the ground floor and headed by executive chef Gary Lai. It will offer a unique fine dining treatment revolving around a Josper charcoal grill. Just adjacent on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Canterbury Road is Saint Bar, which boasts high ceilings, magnificent French windows and a welcoming atmosphere. It's serving up signature cocktails, substantial snacks and much more.
Also open is a stylish New York-inspired drinking space called Bar 54 (an homage to Studio 54, of course). Overlooking the light-filled atrium and featuring plush leather booths, it's a gorgeous spot for drinks, cocktails and bite-sized morsels.
The two remaining projects set to open later this year include a street-facing wine cellar and bottle shop called the Vault and a cocktail and listening lounge called Stellas. There will also be a range of private and semi-private dining rooms to book.
For locals of the seafront suburb or the curious folk passing by, this beloved dining destination (now with a luxuriously modern creative touch), is well worth checking out.