Our first reservation was a DISASTER: after checking us in at 8am after 29 hours in flights from Europe for the President's Cup match weekend from a booking made 3 weeks prior, we were told five and a half hours later that the room would not be available for us. I don't know how this can ever happen for a confirmed booking. We were offered an alternative, but unsatisfactory hotel. Needless to say, we had to pay for accommodation costing almost 100% more in a property we found acceptable.
By way of apology, the duty manager provided us with a voucher for free accommodation on premises to be used inside the next 3 months - which is the topic for this review:
We had a very pleasant stay at the Mint Rhapsody. It was a brand new all-suite apartment although some building works was still ongoing during out stay (Dec 1, 2011) - as impact hammers were working from 8am - nice sized bedroom although a bit claustrophobic for my liking, small bathroom, a small lounge space, dining space, balcony space and kitchenette. Note that while there is a tick in checkbox for all these spaces, there aren't very big.
Underground parking is available although not used by us, WiFi is also free and there is a nice cafe next door.
The property is located on St. Kilda Road, making access to the city easy via trams which run to Flinders Street and through to Swanston Street and to the heart of the city. I think this would be a great hotel to spend a romantic weekend in. We would definitely come back, but perhaps not as our first choice of hotels in Melbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're planning to visit Melbourne for business or pleasure - you won't find anywhere more comfortable and welcoming than the stunning Mantra St Kilda Road. For business visitors our multi-purpose meeting room ticks all of the boxes, and the onsite restaurant and bar, Bistro Bakini, offers fine wining, dining and nightcaps until late. Sink into the Exclusive Pillowtop Signature Bedding or relax in the stylish living area with large screen LCD TV with Foxtel. Mantra St. Kilda Road features WiFi and broadband internet, security card key access, private balcony with all round views across Albert Park, business services and of course fully self-contained facilities including a kitchen with full size refrigerator. No matter what is on in Melbourne you are just a tram ride away from The Arts Centre, the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Luna Park and St Kilda Pier. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mint Rhapsody Melbourne Hotel Melbourne