Built in 1884, by a Mayor of St Kilda, sits the Tolarno Hotel at number 42 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. The Tolarno opened in 1951 by Mirka Mora and her now ex husband, Georges. It was a busy French bistro and art gallery, where Mora filled every inch of wall space with her colourful illustrations. Today the hotel celebrates it’s creative spaces, continuing on the artistic tradition. The walls are filled with unique, vibrant artworks. Annually, the Tolarno awards art prizes to students of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Monash University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Tafe (RMIT). The yearly winners are exhibited in the hotel foyer. Set in the heart of St Kilda’s cafe, bar, and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne’s CBD, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens. The Tolarno Hotel offers a unique getaway in the heart of Famous St Kilda.