I have just returned from 3 nights at The Blackman over Derby Day weekend, which must be one of their busiest times during the year, compounded by the Qantas fiasco. The staff handled it all with aplomb, were exceptionally pleasant and helpful, even allowing me to use their front desk computer to book a flight home on Virgin so that I was sure to get home in time. When we arrived back from the races at 9.30pm on Saturday night and my friend wanted a rollaway bed, they willingly brought it up and made up the bed, despite the late request.
There are a number of good services that the hotel has, including an 8am shuttle run to the city (you must book), which another of my friends used. The two cafes downstairs were very nice - there is a French bakery staffed primarily by French speakers, and also a more Italian place. We only had a drink in the Italian place, but the pizzas smelled divine!
The room was pretty nice, the bed was very comfortable. We had a deluxe twin or something like that - two queen sized beds - it was a little cozy for 3 adults with the roller bed in as well, but reasonably spacious for a city hotel.
The hotel is in a great location, only 50 metres from the tram into the city (and the hotel desk sells tickets - a saviour when you don't have change on you), and close to Albert Park Lake. It was near everywhere we wanted to go - St Kilda, Albert Park, Chapel Street, the city.
The only reason I don't rate it 5 out of 5 is that I save those ratings for "luxury" hotels, which this is not. But for a great inner city location with super staff, you can't go wrong!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, The Blackman Hotel will inspire Melbourne’s imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces.Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman Hotel will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space.The Blackman Hotel is also dedicated to ensuring your visit to Melbourne is complete with dining options to tempt your tastebuds. Experience two of Melbourne’s hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with our state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. ... more less
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