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“Excellent location, well appointed rooms & excellent cappucino's” 4 of 5 stars
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Punthill South Yarra Grand
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7 Yarra Street | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia   |  
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Ranked #59 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
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“Excellent location, well appointed rooms & excellent cappucino's”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

For first time visitors to Melbourne, especially with families, its worth noting that there's a plethora of serviced apartments in Melbourne for both short and long term let. These apartments include kitchenette's and laundry facilities in the room which is great if you're traveling with the family. I have got so used to the convenience of only travelling with hand luggage to Australia and doing my own laundry, that I haven't stayed in a hotel room in Melbourne for over 10 years.

What sets Punthill South Yarra Grand apart from its numerous competition is definitely its location. Situated in South Yarra, one of the more stylish suburbs of Melbourne, it is only four train stops from Melbourne City Centre. Its about a 35 minute ride from Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine). Melbourne still does not have a train connection from the Airport to the City but its well served by buses. A cheaper option to get to the Serviced Apartment would be to take a bus into the City and take a train to South Yarra. The Apartments are literally 3 minutes from the train station.

Check in was painless and as I had booked using wotif, I had already prepaid for my accommodation. The Apartments are relatively small compared to others I have stayed in but definitely bigger than the standard hotel room. I liked the fact that energy conservation was definitely top most in the mind of the designers with motion activated lights in the corridors. However it can be a bit disconcerting to step out of the lift and have to wait that split second before the lights come on. I had booked a two bedroom unit which came with a double bed in the main bedroom (including ensuite) whilst the second bedroom included two single beds. There was a separate bathroom (more a shower room) next door to the second bedroom which was tiny but did the job. For those that have followed my reviews in the past, you would realize that I tend to only book hotel or apartments with balcony's. The balconies in the Apartment were tiny but afforded a great view of South Yarra room tops. All the Apartments come with split aircons that both cool during summer but warm during winter.

Location wise, its hard to top South Yarra. A multitude of coffee shops are within a 5 minute walk when exiting the Apartments. I especially liked Veloce around the corner from the Apartment which is a coffee shop in a vintage car showroom. Great way to spend breakfast!! You are also spoilt for choice with restaurants, some of which even operate 24hours a day (Chapelli's on Chapel Street)

For those intending to drive, be aware the hotel has limited car parking for residents and the spots are all located on the 6th floor which you get to up a winding and narrow driveway. Bigger cars would definitely find the trip up and down challenging.

Apart from the above comment, I would definitely rate the Punthill South Yarra one of the better serviced apartments in Melbourne.

Room Tip: The studio rooms are quite spacious but would recommend the one bedroom rooms for a bit of privacy...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

The 3x of us stayed for 7 days in a 2x bedroom appt.
Never been to Auz before, was Informed south Yarra was the place to go for access to trains and trams/buses.
The rooms were great, everything you could poss want, clean towels everyday, cleaners even put dishwasher on! Geoff the manager was a great help, found all the staff helpfull.Would go back again.
Surprised that wifi was not free, as theses appts are not the cheapest in town. But it was a great place to stay..thats to Geoff and his team..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

If you can't get or don't want a CBD hotel in Melbourne, the Punthill Grand in South Yarra is a damn good option. Melbourne was rated as the world's most livable coty (God knows on what basis) and South Yarra as Malbourne's most livable suburb so by, extenstion, SY is the world's most livable suburb. Anyway, be that as it may, the Punthill SY is about 250 metres from the South Yarra railway station and has trains every few minutes to Melbourne CBD. Toorak Rd and Chapel St are very handy and have great shopping, restaurants, and seem safe, good places to be. There's an Avis depot around the corner if you really must have a car but the tram routes (nos 8 and 78) are no less handy. We have a studio partment which was very well-equipped with the battery de cusine, dishdrawer, and laundry. there was even a balcony with table and chairs (but the weather was too dismal for al fresco dining). The only criticism was that the room was a tad small. The internet was semi-reliable but after whinging we got all charges wiped off the bill, which was nice. We enjoyed it will return.

Room Tip: We had the disabled room which had a vast shower area.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment facing toward the city for 9 days.

No opportunity for early check-in, although a good sign the hotel is busy.. personally is a little frustrating as most international flights arrive in Australia early in the morning and the first thing you want to do after 24 hours of flying is take a shower.

The building, lobby and room were all modern and clean. The room although a bit on the small side, really has everything you need and was quite comfortable for 2 people. Shower water pressure and temperature was good. Bed was quite comfortable. Washing machine & drier are great to have on longer trips though are front loaded and so can be fairly noisy when in use (i.e. don't put them on just as you're about to go to bed).

Use your room key card to get into the car parking. Cost is $12 per day. Lots of spaces, though a little tight if your rental company decides to upgrade you to a larger SUV/4x4. Turning on to Yarra St from Toorak Rd during peak hour can be near on impossible (especially as the pedestrians are rushing across to make their trains). Better to come of Alexandra ave.

As mentioned in other reviews, a train station is across the road but you can't hear it. Quite convenient for quick trips into the city center. Also the trams leave from the same location if you want a more scenic/slower paced trip into the city center. If you walk to the end of Yarra St and turn left, you can also walk/run/ride along the river into the city center if that's your thing.

That said everything you could possibly need is within the South Yarra area around the hotel. Within a couple of minutes there is a 7/11, a couple of IGA supermarkets, quite a few cafes, many restaurants of every food type. Walk about 10 minutes and you can find larger Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, shops of pretty much any kind, cinemas (Jam Factory).

Overall I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Great apartment very well equipped for short stay if self catering is desired. Great position near to South Yarra metro and the tram stops. Take the number 8 to go to the city.
Nice big comfortable bed and great terrace with sun beds.

Room Tip: The 1 bed apartment was great but if the studious are of similar quality they should be fine. Some r...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Yes the bedrooms are small, as is the bathroom, but we found the living areas great and had a good balcony. The location was great, 2 min walk to great shopping, restaurants, markets and public transport. The decor is nice, had a great kitchenette and even a washer/ dryer ( not that we were doing any washing) For us we found that just being able to walk out the door, and shop and eat and then return for a glass of wine on the balcony before going out again, made our weekend !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KeiranS, Director of Sales at Punthill South Yarra Grand, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Hi KylieOberon

Thanks for taking the time to write a reveiw of Punthill South Yarra Grand.

We love our location just off Toorak Rd and there is no doubt it provides the perfect base for a friends weekend away. Toorak Road has so many great restaurants and Chapel Street provides a world class shopping experience. We are pleased to say that all our rooms have balconies which adds to the openess of the living area.

Hope to see you again soon.

Regards

Keiran Spencer
Director of Sales and Marketing.
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Perth
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50 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

We stayed here for four nights ove a weekend, two adults and two teenagers. The location was great, as was the reception area. The lounge area of the apartment was good and the kitchen well equipped, all brand new with modern fittings. As for the beddroms and bathrooms, you wouldn't even get a cat inside the rooms in this place, let alone swing it.The main bedroom was the size of the queen bed, with hardly any walking room around the bed. No room for suitcases except rammed into the tiny wardrobe, which had not enough room for one adult, let alone two. The bathroom, also tiny had good hot water, but no shelf space, no hooks and nowhere to hang wet towels to dry (as requested by hotel, so they don't have to change towels daily). The second bedroom with two of the mosgt narrow single beds I have ever seen, couldn't roll over in case you rolled out) was even smaller if possible, with no room for two teens and their bags. The 2nd bathroom was smaller than a pantry, where if you had a shower the whole area would flood. Overall disappointing for the $$$. Couldn't fault the location though.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7 Yarra Street | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#54 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#56 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Punthill South Yarra Grand 4.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the new business and restaurant precinct of South Yarra and with views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay, Punthill South Yarra Grand offers spacious, modern, sophisticated and stylish apartment hotel accommodation in Melbourne that rivals no other. The eclectic, lush and stylish décor of our Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom serviced apartments reflects the vibrant, modern atmosphere of the South Yarra area and set a new standard in apartment hotel accommodation. ... more   less 
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