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“Close to Lygon Street” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS The Travel Inn Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cnr Grattan & Drummond St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia (Carlton)   |  
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Ranked #109 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Albury
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Close to Lygon Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Went down for a weekend and hadn't stayed in this part of town before as I thought it'd be too far out of the way. It was an ideal location for Lygon street food, not far from the Princess Theatre, parks and Museums and if you felt like a good walk it was only 20 minutes into the city. The Hotel itself was very clean, good staff, soft bed and pillows and well managed. The Room we had was a little small, with just your basics like bar fridge, coffee making etc,but it's all that was needed. I would suggest to any one staying here is to avoid the room(s) near the elevator shaft, though it wasn't that noisy and I get up early anyway, some may find it distracting if they go to bed early or they're a late sleeper. Other than that I would stay again

Room Tip: Not that it worried me, but Room 1 was on the lower floor next to reception and the elevator
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  • Stayed August 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Perth
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Booked a room for three nights over Grand Final weekend. We drove over from Perth for the big game. This hotel is in an excellent location in Carlton and a three second walk to the famous Lygon Street restaurants.
Quick and efficient check in at 4 in the morning. Undercroft parking was excellent and included in room rate. The room itself was OK. If anything, the bathroom was poorly designed and very small. The use of space was amateurish. Our room faced onto Drummond Street. Quite noisy from the road. You can hear all the road noise as well as people talking loudly on the street. Double glazing would easily fix the problem.
Wi-Fi? Not free. It should be. How much does it really cost to provide internet access?
After a night out in Lygon Street, I thought a night cap at the hotel's bar would be a good idea.....if only there was someone there to offer the service.
Over-all a good stay. Would I stay again? Absolutely.

Room Tip: Get a room out back. Quieter The noise from Drummond Street is loud to front facing rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This Hotel has, in my opinion, a terrific location. Drummond St is one of the most beautiful in Melbourne, with old houses and lush front gardens in a relatively quiet "backyard" of Lygon. All around there are great Restaurants, and, at walking distance, the Museum of Melbourne and the University Campus, with its historical sandstone buildings.
The Hotel is relatively quiet, it is clean, although the bathroom (I was on the first floor near the swimming pool), can be minuscule. Also, the room facing the inner court are quite dark (I have already been here three times) and, somewhat "depressing". Also, I was a bit disappointed because the Hotel has no free wi-fi, which is not good if you are traveling for business. The amenities are also standard (Chinese-made shampoo and balsam). But if you are in Melbourne for work, it is a bargain. The best thing is the courtyard pool, heated in Winter. It is great to be capable of relaxing with a swim, although the bean-shape of the pool does not allow laps, after a whole day of brainstorming.
I did not have breakfast here because I'd rather go to Brunetti. That is a wonderland!

Room Tip: Not those with the windows opening on the courtyard...I do not know of the others...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bendigo, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Wonderfull location clean rooms friendly and very helpful staff Breakfast great ,service great No complaints what so ever they even have a area off the street for smokers thats a bonus these days I stayed with my sister-in-law and the room was big enough for us both.
If I had to think of a downfall it would only be that they had a water saver shower

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I spent one night at this hotel last week and found it quite satisfactory. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful and the room was clean. The hotel looked great on the way to the room and I loved how it is draped around the courtyard pool. I was disappointed when I saw the room, because it was very, very dark. The window went out to the corridor. However, I did not spend much time in the room, so it wasn't too bad.
During the night it got a bit noisy with other hotel guests returning late and chatting right outside the room for a while. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was clean, but I found the sink too tiny - more suited to a powder room than a proper bathroom- that water was all over the floor by the time I finished washing my face.

I had booked two colleagues into rooms as well and they were happy with their rooms.

The location is great with lots of Italian restaurants nearby. It took me about 30 minutes to walk to Southbank (on the way back I took a taxi which cost about $10).

I would go back to this hotel if I had business again in that particular part of town.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This motel is in a great location if you want to visit Lygon Street, the University of Melbourne or the surrounding areas. The rooms are clean and tidy, however they are getting dated and the bathroom is tiny. I wouldn’t recommend this property if you are a light sleeper, you can very clearly hear the noise of doors slamming and other guests talking as they pass outside the rooms throughout the night.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The hotel is situated a bit off the main street , which is quiet and nice. The staff we met were helpful . They took their time to direct us to the trams, buses, parks, UniMel etc. As Melbourne city in itself is not too big, you can actually walk or take the free transport. Hence, I think of most importance is food. In Lygon Street you have it all.

The room is a bit small but all things worked. Can't really complain although it would be good to be free wifi.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cnr Grattan & Drummond St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Carlton
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#91 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS The Travel Inn Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEST WESTERN Travel Inn Melbourne is a boutique hotel accommodation in Carlton, situated close to the Melbourne CBD with only a short stroll to some of Melbourne's famous attractions. ... more   less 
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