I travelled to Australia to follow the British & Irish Lions Tour and, wherever I travel I always consider the group for ease of booking and you know the standards they provide. I chose this hotel for it's proximity to the ground for the second Lions Test.
Arriving at the hotel at 2am - I had previously advised them of my arrival time by email - I expected to have to hang around until I could check-in, but they couldn't have been more helpful. My room was ready to check in - very early - at no extra cost! The room was what you would expect - although the view from the bedroom window - as I said earlier I didn't book the hotel for panoramic views!
The staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating - nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.
Also in the hotel was a large group of Lions supporters and, although we went to quite a few bars in the area, we decided the hotel bar was by far the best - and we made full use of the facilities! So much so that by the Friday night before the Test Match the unspeakable happened - the bar ran out of draught beer. We found this a bit frustrating to say the least - especially as we were sure that the needs of 30-40,000 Lions supporters descending on Melbourne would have meant that they were fully prepared.
Otherwise a pleasant stay and I would stay there again if ever in Melbourne - assuming the cellar was well stocked!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, a truly friendly and personal boutique-style hotel is perfectly located in the financial hub of Melbourne. The ideal base for any business traveller close to the Melbourne Convention Center, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, World Trade Centre and Stock Exchange. The hotel also caters to the needs of any leisure traveller with most of Melbourne's iconic sightseeing spots, art and cultural centres within easy reach, including Etihad Stadium and the Docklands precinct. Southern Cross Railway Station is just a two minute walk away and the International Airport can be reached via direct freeway access in easy 25 minutes.Sirocco Restaurant & Bar offer a rich hot & cold buffet breakfast and market fresh specialties during the day and evening. The cocktail lounge is the perfect place to meet, relax and enjoy. Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders hosts three meeting rooms, three board rooms and all required business facilities. For leisure your the hotel offers a heated outdoor pool, mini gym and sauna. Holiday Inn Melbourne On Flinders is a 100% smoke free property and won the prestigious 2007 Australian Hotels Australian (AHA) Awards for Excellence in Best Environmental Initiative of all hotels Australia-wide. The hotel is recognized for its friendly and courteous service and enjoys a great share of regular return customers. ... more less
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- On Flinders Holiday Inn
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