I stayed at this hotel because my company booked a block of rooms here since it was in walking distance to the Melbourne Exhibition Center/Conference Center. The rates were very high and higher than other hotels nearby. The staff were very friendly and welcoming but the hotel isn’t that great for business travelers and not worth the rates being charged when a convention is in at the convention center.
The beds were comfortable enough and the air conditioning worked great but the carpeting should be replaced. No robes are provided but disposable bedroom slippers are? Interesting..
In my room (403) I could only get 1 bar or wireless internet or 0 the entire time I was there. Luckily there is a wired option for a laptop computer. That connection was stable but it required a call their tech support each and every day because after renewing the 24 hour internet (and paying the charge) the browser would only redirect to the hotel confirmation page. You are charged $1 for each call so tack that onto the overall price of the internet.
The bathroom tub and shower tiles were worn but the furniture in the room was fine and not in disrepair. The walls did have a lot of marks all over them and could use a fresh coat of paint.
The hotel isn’t near anything great except the Convention Center. The shopping district is close by but not immediately around the hotel. The tram stop is just a few blocks away.
For my next conference here I am just going to book on my own. I feel there are nicer business hotels near by (Intercontinental 2 blocks, etc) that would be the same price or cheaper but are 4-5 stars. I give the Holiday Inn 3 stars.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Melbourne On Flinders Hotel Melbourne
- On Flinders Holiday Inn
- Melbourne Holiday Inn