This was the first of 4 serviced apartment/hotels I stayed in as part of a business/vacation trip to Australia. And, it was--by far--THE BEST. My stay there was for a total of 10 days for both business (initially) then vacation.
I cannot come up with enough superlatives to fully describe how wonderful my stay was at Tyrian. I travel globally for business about 150 days a year and am VERY PICKY about accommodations, preferring to stay in small hotels because I simply find the service better without the added costs of services I do not need/use. And, Tyrian is in my top 5 for this year. I've even stayed in some 6-star resorts that couldn't come close to Tyrian in terms of service.
Staff: From my arrival to departure, the Tyrian staff could not have been more helpful or gracious. They generously helped with booking taxis, tours, restaurants/performances, and just about anything else asked of them. Party of my stay coincided with a street festival (sadly rained out for much of the weekend) and the staff did their best to ensure no guests were inconvenienced by the fiesta (or the party-ers who wandered into the lobby). They were also very anxious to get suggestions on how they could improve their service or accommodations and dutifully noted everything I suggested (just little things to help them be superb rather than just excellent).
Apartments: I had a 1-bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor overlooking Johnston Street (which is a busy thoroughfare). It was spacious and well-equipped (save for needing one more mirror in the bedroom) and had all of the electronic gadgets a traveler could want. Despite the fact the apartment overlooked Johnston, I never really felt that the street noise was excessive, even on the days when a street festival was happening; on the really pleasant days, I had the sliding door open rather than using the aircon and, even then, I wasn't bothered by the noise.
My husband teased me when he arrived because Tyrian--after all--means royal purple (which is my favorite color). Still, the decor was understated and modern without forsaking comfort. The furniture was both functional and comfortable; the decor throughout was tasteful and understated.
The bed was supremely comfortable and the bath linens generously sized and plush. The apartment was partially serviced every day (bed made, trash emptied, towels replaced--if requested, kitchen cleaned), and fully serviced a couple of times during my stay. This is one hotel that really does adhere to their published practices of only taking towels that are on the floor or in the tub (this is one of my big beefs with hotels and their alleged environmental policies...in other hotels, housekeeping replace towels every day despite my hanging them up). Daily service also included replinishing soaps and detergents (for washer and dishwasher) as well as teas/coffees. One particularly nice touch was the water pitcher in the refrigerator.
While internet service was not included in the daily rate, it was not at all unreasonable. There were fairly-priced daily and weekly rates (I balk at paying $27/day for an internet connection). The Tyrian's connection was reliable and fast; I think I only had one drop. I believe I paid $50 for a week-long connection.
Convenience: what could be more convenient than dozens of restaurants/cafes (just about any ethnic food you would want) within a 2 block radius? There was also a supermarket just steps away (one of the better Coles I shopped in while in Australia). There was all kinds of public transportation within a few minutes walk of Tyrian and you can pick up passes at many of the local shops (I used the 7-11 on the corner of Johnston & Brunswick). The Melbourne CBD was about a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute ride on public transport. And, at the foot of Carleton Gardens, there is a free tram that circles the CBD.
All in all, I highly recommend the Tyrian. It is perfect for short breaks, holidays, or business travelers staying for a while. If I'm ever back in Melbourne, I'll definitely stay there (or any other Tyrian property around Australia).
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