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“Nice enough but noisey” 3 of 5 stars
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Vibe Hotel Carlton
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   441 Royal Parade | Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia (Parkville)   |  
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Ranked #82 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Nice enough but noisey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is a slightly strange place, not really near anywhere. Although reasonably furnished, it still feels like an old motel (presuming it was). Front facing room was very noisey with traffic. It's not really near the train but trams are directly outside. Gym was ok and it has a reasonable looking outdoor pool (it was too cold to try). Lift has the wrong numbers for the floors (how difficult is that to fix?). The food was reasonably good in the restaurant.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Dear Slackbloke,

Thank you for taking the time to review Vibe Hotel Carlton. The team and I appreciate the review and positive comments. Our front facing rooms can be a little noisy with trams running until 11pm and our team are always willing to offer a room move for guests that find the noise difficult. You will be pleased to know that the lift floor numbers have now been replaced, the lift is brand new and they ordered the wrong numbers for the install. Again thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and we hope to welcome you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the future.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Vibe Carlton has very friendly, efficient staff. Booking, checkin & checkout was easy. Dining is quite good, room was clean & after leaving the bathroom exhaust fan on, the room always had fresh air to walk into. When not to hot or cold, I prefer fresh air to conditioned. I met Jackson over the phone when booking. He was professional, friendly & efficient & gave me a conference rate of $128 pn, as the Treacy Centre (check it out) was literally just around the corner 5mins away. The staff generally were like a new group of friends I just met - a professional & co-operative bunch nonetheless. Room was comfy, nice cotton sheets, bed just right (Goldlocks kind), bed lamp, clock, wake-up call, bathroom stuff, TV, side-table chairs, storage all worked fine. Shower/ bath plumbing control needs simple instruction. Have to compliment the desk staff, especially Jackson who took my booking & was great to chat with when coming & going. Also Harriet & Abhi for their efficiency, courtesy & helpfulness. The breakfast buffet is excellent. I liked the vegetarian lasagne when I wasn't eating other animals on the menu. Discovered Willowglen Semillon Sauvignon Blanc as a complementary bottle for my birthday with a lovely Vibe card from Jackson & Harriet.
For my needs & the conference centre just around the corner, I couldn't better it. I felt loved by these guys.
P.S. Check the Irish pub 'The Snug' 10mins walk away in Brunswick on Sydney Rd, also Barkly Square shopping centre replete with Woolworths for bottled water, fresh fruit, etc. I needed to buy some emergency long sleeve clothes, due to mercurial Melb weather did so at JC Men's Fashion 158 Sydney Rd. Vibe Carlton is also handy to trams for quick run into Melb CBD. I used Star Bus for transfers - got dropped off first & picked up last for direct to & fro Tullermarine 20-30 mins away. Thumbs up for my 3 night stay at the Vibe Carlton!

Room Tip: I had one overlooking the large pool which was nice, but never got to use.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear Peter G,

I would like to thank you on behalf of all of the team at Vibe Hotel Carlton for the wonderful review. Our team are always here to ensure that our guests feel welcome and part of the Vibe family and I am glad that all gave outstanding service, I will be sure to pass this onto the team. We always try to ensure that our rates are competitive and reflect our product and location. With great pubs, restaurants and cafes' and the Zoo just around the corner Carlton does have a lot to offer and a short 15 minute tram ride and you are in the City. Again thank you for taking the time to review and we hope to welcome you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Canberra, Australia
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stayed her for a night while doing business with our Melbourne office which is just down the road.
The hotel itself looks very old from the outside, but has a fresh modern interior and appears to have been only recently renovated. The room was large clean and modern in its presentation, bed was comfortable. Bathroom had a spa bath, but as other have mention could do with a deep clean, and definitely get rid of the half glass shower screens.
Staff were great, friendly, polite and happy to be there.
Hotel is in a great spot, very handy for the Melbourne Zoo!
All in all a good stay, will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Warrens_of_Conder,

On behalf of the team at Vibe Carlton I thank you for taking the time to review our Hotel and for the kind words. The hotel is a 10960's build and looks deceiving from the front however we have, and continue to update and modernise to ensure our guests comfort. Our team are always striving to offer friendly and personalised service and always with a smile. We actually partner with the Zoo and have tickets available at reception. I will be sure to pass the review around and our housekeeping team will definitely investigate the spa baths throughout the hotel. Again thank you for the valuable feedback and we hope to welcome you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Yarrawonga
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

great location close to town and hospitals. Friendly staff and very reasonably priced. Parking a plus at 10 dollars a night. Restaurant lacked atmosphere and service was pretty ordinary but the food was quite good and the convenience after spending days at hospital made it worthwhile. Pool was sparkling clean but unfortunately the weather wasn't warm enough for swimming. Overall a great place to stay especially for country people with someone in hospital.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Trscey,

The team and I at Vibe Hotel Carlton would like to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Vibe Hotel Carlton. Glad you found the location handy to the hospitals and city with tram access just outside the hotel making it easy to get to and from the hotel and places such as the hospitals and City. We always ensure that our rates reflect our product and are always value for money. I will pass on the review to our housekeeping team who will be glad you found your room to be clean and comfortable. With the weather warming up our guests will be spoilt with our large outdoor swimming pool. Again thank you for taking the time to review the hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Shepparton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed here when we last went to Melbourne. It was central to where we had to go. The staff were extremely friendly and polite, the rooms were clean and bright and reasonably priced. Great value for money. Close to public transport. We will stay there again

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Dear Kaylene1959,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Vibe Hotel Carlton. I will be sure to share your review with the team who will be glad that you found their service to be friendly. Our housekeeping team are always striving to ensure that our product is always clean and comfortable. We are always trying to ensure that we offer value for money and that our rates reflect our product and location. Again thank you for taking the time to review the hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton when you next visit Melbourne or one of our Toga Hotels in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Darwin
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The tram stops 20 meters from the hotel, which gave me the mobility I needed, as a solo traveller. The room was very clean in all respects. Nothing flash but for the price, value for money.

I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Dear Kat W,

Thank you for taking the time to review Vibe Hotel Carlton. We thank you for the kind words and positive review. We always try to ensure that our rates are very competitive and reflect our product. Glad to hear you found the Hotel value for money and clean and comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the future.

Kind Regards,

Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Seymour, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

First time staying at the Vibe, very reasonable price for a fantastic location. Jump on the tram to get down town and a stones throw from the Melbourne Zoo and Sydney Road. Clean large rooms.
Situated across from the Princess Gardens short walk to Royal Park. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 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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Anthony H, General Manager at Vibe Hotel Carlton, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Megan W,

On behalf of the team at Vibe Hotel Carlton I would like to thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We always try to ensure that our rates are very competitive and offer great value for money. The Hotel is in a fantastic location on the City fringe just a short tram ride from the City and a stones’ throw away from amazing shopping along Sydney Road and cafes' and restaurants of Lygon street. For the fitness fanatic Princess Park is opposite which offers a great 3.5 km running or walking track. I will be sure to pass your review onto our wonderful housekeeping team to ensure that they continue to keep our rooms looking sparkling and clean. Again thank you for the review and we hope to welcome you back to Vibe Hotel Carlton or one of our Toga Hotels in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Hutchinson - Hotel General Manager
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Additional Information about Vibe Hotel Carlton

Address: 441 Royal Parade | Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Parkville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Melbourne
#19 Spa Hotel in Melbourne
#66 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#70 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vibe Hotel Carlton 4*
Number of rooms: 87
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