Located in Lygon Street Carlton on the fringe of the CBD, the design-driven Zagame’s House is the result of a complete 18-million-dollar transformation of the former hotel operated by the Zagame family for 16 years. The extensive renovations were led by Robert Zagame, Architect Robert Ficarra, Interlandi Mantesso Architects, and interior design team Linda Whitfield, Surround Style and Kas Makohon, Lukas Partners, with many of the furnishings and art-works being sourced and selected from boutique, local suppliers by the Zagame brothers themselves. Distinctive commissioned art works completed on-site by artists Ryan Foote, Rosie Wood, Lulu Zagame and Karl Gordon spearhead the eclectic aesthetic of the hotel and showcase the creative DNA of its location.

Brother’s Victor and Robert Zagame comment, “No expense has been spared in the transformation of this property. We invite our guests to experience for themselves the exquisite art, luxurious amenities and state of the art technology. Expect the unexpected when it comes to exceptional service as our team will impress even the most experienced traveller.”  

The 97 rooms are equipped with contemporary comforts and custom furnishings to deliver guests a new level of luxury. Bedrooms come complete with king-sized beds, European pillows and locally produced linen, while integrated technology outlets and acoustically panelled walls make for optimum privacy and ambience. Fueng Shui Master, Edgar Lok Tin Yung provided consultation on the project to ensure the correct flow of Qi throughout the hotel, harmonising great sleep and cleansing the energy for ultimate relaxation and mindfulness.  Generous bathrooms feature modern matte black hardware, alongside custom lit circular mirrors that feature multiple illumination settings.

Head designer, Kas Makohon says, “From the bold, geometric detailing on the hotel’s exterior, to the unexpected, psychedelic artworks that line the hallways, each time you go into a different part of a hotel a whole new sensory experience awaits.”

Brand collaborations have been carefully curated to match the ethos of Zagame’s House.

Organic UK bath and body brand, Cowshed, will be supplied as part of the guest experience.  Our staff will don uniforms designed and produced by Australian fashion label Robbandlulu. The bespoke mini bar will showcase locally roasted coffee, courtesy of Mansfield Coffee Merchants, hand-selected Everleigh Bottling Co. cocktails, in-house created sweet and savoury treats as well as a risqué ‘lovers kit’.

In line with the hotel’s modern credentials, the design and layout of Zagame’s House has been considered with a sustainable footprint in mind. The hotel is focused with use of E water, composting systems, and an unwavering focus on supporting the best of local and rural suppliers to reduce its carbon footprint.

The hotel will also be home to a private event space, a neighbourhood wine shop and bar and a coffee house and kitchen. The state-of-the-art events space features stunning, custom TSAR designed carpet, bespoke chef designed menus, and cutting edge conferencing technology adaptable for a variety of occasions, from weddings to corporate events.

The wine shop and bar, Lord Lygon, will be headed up by award-winning executive chef, Chris Bonello (AHA Chef of the Year and MPD Restaurant of the year), delivering a tapas and drinks menu that champions locally based farmers, distillers and producers. Street side, Lobby 1851 coffee house and kitchen completes the Zagame House food offering, with a refined ala carte breakfast menu to be enjoyed on its large communal tables. The 24 hour room service menu even heroes a late night toastie menu.

From its original design features and cutting edge technology, to its locally sourced food and beverage offerings, the new Zagame’s House will showcase the local DNA of its surrounds, positioning itself as the place to stay when seeking the quintessential Melbourne experience.


Address: 66 Lygon Street | Melbourne | Carlton 3053 Australia