The Royce is a beautiful hotel with amazing staff. The rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable. Being on a main road I was pleasantly surprised the room was incredibly quiet, I never heard a sound while I was there. The room service meal was delicious and reasonably priced. - Lindy
The Royce Hotel was once renowned as Australia's most glamorous automobile showroom back in the 1920s. Formerly, Kellow Falkiner Pty Ltd Automobile Showroom.
A significant building with historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria as described by Victorian Heritage Register.
In 1910 Kellow acquired the rights for the sales and service of Rolls-Royce motor car chassis in Victoria, a connection which the firm has maintained. Kellow was a personal friend of Royce.
The Former Kellow Falkiner Showrooms were built for Charles Kellow, a pioneering Australian motorist and car salesman, in 1928. The architect for the glamorous two storey building was Harry A Norris. Constructed of structural steel, brick and concrete, the showrooms are finished with terra cotta piers, frieze, lintels, window trim and machicolations. They feature large glass display windows. The showrooms were used by Kellow Falkiner until Worls War 2, when they were altered internally to accommodate the air force as part of the Defence Forces grouping along St Kilda Road. In 1952 the building was occupied by the State Electricity Commission and in the 1970s by the Department of Civil Aviation.