Two years ago, my friend and I decided to have a girls' weekend in Melbourne - she travelled from Queensland and I from Perth, WA. The photographs of the Adelphi on the internet looked appealing and someone had told us about the unique overhanging pool so we thought we'd book it - although it was quite pricey. What a rip-off!!! The twin room had all the charm of a prison cell. It's very well for the management to bang on about the 'minimalism' of the decor - but does this also encompass tatty and cheap? Yes, clean right angles and lots of grey - but the furniture is cheap and nasty. The bathroom had no ventilation or extractor fan so steam and smells lingered - not to mention the flimsy wall provided no privacy or protection from unpleasant bathroom sounds. It was a twin room - but coffee for only one person was provided in the room. You had to pay for the bottled water - which is extraordinary considering the cost of the room. The famous pool was shabby, grubby and neglected. The staff were clueless. We had a glass of wine in the charmless (yes... yes... I know... it's minimalist) bar one evening. The first glass was served and then the barman just disappeared, never to be seen again. On Sunday morning the lift stopped functioning. Everyone trying to head downstairs on the Sunday morning had the experience of waiting and waiting for the lift - then finally realizing it was not functioning. Could the staff not have put a little sign on the lift doors on each floor? It seems an obvious courtesy. While waiting for a taxi, I watched guest after guest come to the front desk and report the lift was not working. One would imagine the staff would think of putting up a sign, just to stop every single guest reporting the same thing. As I said, clueless. So I am warning everyone: do not be deceived by the photographs on the website. This hotel is grossly over-priced and suffers from delusions of luxury. I have only just started posting reviews on Tripadvisor, which is why this report dates from 2010. But you can understand how disappointed the experience was, given I am still able to write about it with such intensity two years later.
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