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We had a great stay mid-week in June. Ian was a fine host, ably assisted by Black Betty. Ian's advice about local restaurants and cafes was finely honed and very informative. We hope to come back, possibly for another exhibition at the NGV.
Wonderful stay with Ian and Bettie. Great location and immaculately clean. A few blocks to restaurants and shopping and steps from the bus line. Made our trip to Melbourne complete. If I get back to Melbourne, I want to stay at 169!
We chose this B&B from Tripadvisor as it has great reviews (apart from one that had a booking problem). Paid our deposit & booked early to get our dates including the Melb Int Flower & Garden Show. We received a text as promised re door...More
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Response from IanJ3053, Owner at 169 Drummond StreetResponded 11 April 2017
Drummond Street is quiet and leafy, lined with elegant, balconied buildings, of which 169 is one. Yet it's only a few minutes stroll for the centre of town and restaurant row on Lygon Street. The house has been beautifully restored to offer comfortable, spacious accommodation,...More
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way
they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
You would have to ask the owner when you contact him, I do think there is limited car parking available out the back but every time I have visited I haven't had a car so not quite sure, sorry I can't be any more help there.