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“Great Accommodation.” 5 of 5 stars
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Racv Club Members Only | 501 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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“Great Accommodation.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

We spent a night at the RACV City Club, having been booked in by a friend (who is a member) to attend an evening function.

As non-members we paid $260 for a twin room, with valet parking and full buffet breakfast included. Our room was huge, with two very comfortable double beds, a separate dressing room, and a large, well-appointed bathroom. The decor is modern and stylish - the only disappointment was the outlook into a void between office buildings, although given the city centre location, this was to be expected.

We couldn't have been happier with our accommodation - for the price paid, it was excellent value, right in the heart of the city.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for a few days in order to explore Melbourne. It proved to be very convenient and comfortable. The City Club naturally gives best rates to its Australian RAC members. Since we were tourists staying there via a booking made by my brother (who is an RAC member) we paid the full rate, but felt it to be very competitive with the 'last minute' rates canvassed for other comparable hotels, mainly because of the excellent buffet breakfast that is included in the room rate.
The room was a fourth floor corner room, with double aspect windows. A big comfortable bed, a walk-in dressing room of large dimensions and an excellent walk-in shower room in the bathroom, were all good features. The TV provided is huge, although we would have liked international channel access e.g. BBC World, rather than Australian channels only.
The buffet breakfast was healthy or not, according to your choice, and the variety available was great. We felt the concierge service by the front desk of the Club was absolutely superb. They could not have been more helpful. Overall the service standards are high. Just one comment - a subjective one - on the decor. We found it to be rather "corporate" - lots of wood panelling everywhere, which tended to make the bedroom feel a little like an office! But for a City Club, it probably supported the clubby atmosphere. A classic car (a red Jaguar when we were there) is on display inside the front door, just to re-inforce the motoring heritage of the Club. The RACV requires a sensible dress code for the public areas. This is interpreted fairly liberally by some visitors but didn't give us any problems. The health club is extremely well equipped and open to non-residents.

  • Liked — The location and helpfulness of the staff
  • Disliked — The decor (but this is a presonal preference)
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

Stayed at this hotel for one night and were not sure how we would like it as it is an Automobile Club Hotel but we we were very surprised.

We stayed here because we had a work related function on in their conference room in the club that evening. The conference rooms are very nice, tables were immaculately set and the food was beautifully presented.

The rooms were large and the beds were comfortable. The hallway was very wide (good for wheelchair access). We had a king size bed, nice size bathroom and walk in dressing room.

Overall we found the hotel in a great location close to shopping and restaurants.

  • Liked — Large rooms and close to shopping
  • Disliked — breakfast room was a bit slow
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Racv Club Members Only | 501 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RACV City Club is one of two outstanding RACV Club properties and is conveniently positioned in the heart of Melbourne's CBD at 501 Bourke Street. For an overnight stay, a weekend away, a short break or a holiday, the City Club has a range of accommodation options to suit your needs. There are 136 large and spacious rooms including suites, family suites, doubles, twins and interconnecting rooms for families. A full buffet breakfast, free internet and valet car parking is included in room rates. The impressive RACV City Club caters for the social, leisure and business needs of all Club members. A range of stylish dining venues and entertainment options make the City Club the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy a coffee, social drink, business lunch or intimate dinner. Membership of the private RACV Club is separate to other types of RACV membership, which can include RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance and RACV Insurance. Only members of the private RACV Club can book accommodation at the RACV City or Healesville properties. RACV Club members pay an annual membership fee which enables members to book accommodation for themselves, their family, friends and guests at both RACV Club locations and to access a range of other Club dining, lifestyle and recreation facilities. RACV Club membership is available to anyone through a nomination process and full details about how to become an RACV Club member are available on the RACV website. ... more   less 
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Racv City Hotel

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