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169 Drummond Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia (Carlton)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 29 Melbourne B&B and Inns
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A perfect location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights at the end of June. Everything is as listed by other reviewers. Ian is a character, the place is very clean and functional and brilliantly placed. The building has a colonial feel about it and although our room seemed a little basic the bed was excellent as was the en-suite.

We are not keen on impersonal hotels and this was a great place to stay. Just out of the CBD, easy walking to the free tram and bus route and right on the doorstep of the wonderful Lygon St. We also met the most stunning moustache on a fellow guest.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Our family stayed with Ian (and Daisy) for 3 nights in July, 2013. This was the second B&B we stayed at in Melbourne, and provided a very different experience than Robinson's in the City. In contrast to a typical B & B, Ian provides a continental help-yourself breakfast with yogurt, toast, cereals (including Muesli) and fresh fruit. Vegemite is provided, and 34(?) varieties of teas. Our teenage daughters do not like full cooked breakfasts every day on vacation, and so this worked very well for us.

The help-yourself arrangement also works very well if you are taking early tours, or have early activities that preclude cooked breakfasts...

The rooms are large, clean and well-appointed. (Our only quibble was that there was no shampoo, but no big deal).

The location of the B&B is superb - walking distance to a huge variety of shops and restaurants, free city shuttle and tram services that circle the downtown area.

Ian is..well...Ian. He is playful and fun, and provides a restful B & B experience.

The website for 169 belies how spacious the rooms are. Would I stay here again? In a heartbeat...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is an excellent place to stay in Melbourne. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable and furnished beautifully. Ian was a wonderful host, friendly and helpful! Great location too, walking distance to the CBD area, the free city shuttle, the trams and trains, the famous Lygon Street etc. I liked that Ian provided food at anytime of the day. So when you're hungry in the middle of the night, you could just have some midnight snack in the dining! Had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay and will definitely stay there again when I'm back in Melbourne!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staines, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

This is a delightful place to stay in Carlton, Melbourne. The rooms are spotless and furnished beautifully. Ian the owner is friendly, helpful and provides a real home from home. I really liked the way you made your own breakfast from his larder/pantry. It's located near the buses and trams, so easy to get into the city. Food - Italian and more! It's situated a stones throw from the cafe district in Carlton. Just everyone is catered for here. I would highly recommend this establishment for people that enjoy quality.

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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IanJ3053, Owner at 169 Drummond Street, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. Daisy is asleep now I will tell her in the morning.
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Edinburgh
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

As others have said this is a perfectly located central guesthouse with excellent facilities. What will strike you is the warm and relaxed welcome, and the friendly atmosphere which pervades the whole establishment. This all comes from Daisy of course, but I sensed Ian just might have a bit to do with it too :-)

I stayed for four nights in what was my first visit to Melbourne. Staying at 169 Drummond Street was a real bonus. The rooms are well-appointed with excellent en suite facilities and scrupulously clean. The help-yourself breakfast and coffee service made eating very relaxing as there were no time pressures at all. Ian is on hand to give you great advice on where to eat. With so many local restaurants round the corner this local knowledge was extremely helpful.

It was just so much fun being at 169 and meeting the other guests round the dining table in the evening, added to by Ian's fast and witty quips and stories. It really did feel like a home-from-home.

So, many, many thanks Ian and Daisy for making my visit to Melbourne so happily memorable. I do hope our paths will cross again soon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Perfectly located a little north of the city centre and a five minute walk from dozens of restaurants, this quiet and simple place had comfortable beds, air conditioning, help-yourself breakfasts (cereal, toast, jam, yogurt, fruit, tea, coffee, cookies). It has a good assortment of local magazines and guides to the area and the proprietor offers helpful, opinionated advice on what to see and where to eat. Daisy, the small elderly dog, was friendly and quiet. Our room had two large windows (which opened to a street-front balcony) a compact well-designed bathroom and a small flat screen tv. Internet access available for $6 per day.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Ian and Daisy may have been in the B&B business for a long time, but neither of them seem tired of it! We had a great 5 night stay recently and highly recommend 169 Drummond St. Ian is on hand with advice, a chat, or a story to tell, and keeps his accomodation spotlessly clean, tidy and welcoming. Perfect location for the city or Lygon St area, and several tram routes are nearby. Very friendly atmosphere, and popular with gay travellers - but that's only because we have great taste! Anyone would feel welcome here.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 169 Drummond Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Carlton
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Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Melbourne

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