Melbourne was originally a village founded by John Batman and based around Flagstaff Hill (now Flagstaff Gardens just minutes from the hotels doorstep) and Batman Hill (now Southern Cross Station).
From the top of the Flagstaff Hill, settlers would look out to the mouth of the Yarra River and monitor the entering ships. It was the main point for communicating with the vessels on the river by semaphore.
Commerce quickly developed in the immediate area and Mr Henry William Bennett was the proprietor Dalston's Bakery and set-up one of Melbourne's first commercial bakeries in the early 1850's. The bakery is no longer operational but the original brick ovens survive.
Mr Bennett's bakery and original family home are now the premises of 'Robinsons in the City'.
This Urban Bed and Breakfast is the successor to Wendy Wright's (previously Robinson) very well known Bed & Breakfast in St Kilda, Robinsons by the Sea. Wendy retained the personality and integrity of the original building whilst establishing the hotel.
In April 2005 Paul Humphreys and Tish Black purchased the business and have run it passionately ever since.
We just wonder what Henry Bennett would have made of Robinsons in the City and hope he too would be as proud as we are.