For a girls' (four of us) weekend away, we specifically looked for accommodation that was close to the Les Miserables theatre and the Mantra fitted the bill perfectly, being only a 5-minute stroll away. It's also within walking distance to the shops and cafes of Melbourne Central so for us, the location was perfect.
We booked a two-bedroom apartment and were assured of twin beds in each room. As in a previous review, what we got was a queen, two singles and the sofa made up in the lounge room. None of us cared but the Mantra should care that people walk into their rooms and their first reaction is disappointment /annoyance because they have not been given what they requested - particularly after having been confirmed.
The 'master bedroom' was roomy, with a good sized ensuite. The main bathroom though was quite small and if you were of ampler proportions, there is not a lot of space to manoeuvre. There was a shower but no bath and only one hook on the back of the door so if there are a few of you, towels have to be draped over kitchen chairs or something else, to dry. Some apartments must have baths though because one was mentioned in another review so I imagine you would just have to ask when you book if this is something you want.
The room with the twin beds was very small. I had to move the bed on an angle to be able to close the door which is not ideal. If the sofa bed is not made up, the lounge area is a comfortable size as is the kitchen. There's a decent-sized table with 6 chairs and the heating works. Everything was clean and there was a good supply of tea, coffee and milk.
We had next-to-no interaction with the staff except to ask them to call a taxi but they were always smiling and polite. All in all, it suited us for a weekend and was very good value. I would be happy to stay there again but next time I think I would definitely opt for my own room!
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- All-Suite 12-story Hotel located overlooking Carlton Gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra On The Park Hotel Melbourne
- Mantra On The Park Melbourne