We stayed at the Mercure Welcome in Melbourne for two nights in May. It is situated on Little Bourke St, but you can access it from the Grand Mercure entrance on Swanson Street. We were dropped by the Skybus Shuttle on Lonsdale and street and walked down a back alley way that smelt like rubbish and urine... not a good welcome to the hotel (note: Skybus also picks you up next to this alleyway). Apparently there were road works and he couldn't enter Little Bourke. But every other bus could...
We were checked into our room straight away - service on the front desk was friendly - but unfortunately not as helpful as they say in their in room books. We asked for an IGA, and the girl pointed us towards Lonsdale St. There is NO IGA on Lonsdale St, only a work site. The concierge was helpful rebooking Skybus for our return to the airport in the morning.
We were able to obtain a $50 a night dining voucher. The first day we used it for lunch in Soul Cafe (off Swanson Street). The wedges were great. The pizzas had no taste. The second day, $20 each on the buffet breakfast. Do not bother. This was the worst buffet I've ever tasted. Better off using it in the Soul Cafe for breakfast, or in the bar. Note, the bar is not open Sunday nights. And, there is no room service available in this hotel.
We stayed in a queen room - it was simple, clean and suited our needs for a cheap weekend in Melbourne. The bed was comfortable enough, the bathroom (shower curtain only) of average size - there was also a TV, WiFi, fridge, but we didn't use any of these facilities.
The hotel was quiet from outside noise. When I say outside noise from the construction outside, I mean noise NOT IN the hotel. Within the hotel you could always hear banging and cleaning noises. I think they were building a whole new level on the Monday afternoon - drilling and banging for hours at a time. Walking down the hallway, you can hear TVs, phone conversations etc... three doors away.
Welcome is right across from Chinatown, a short walk to FedSq, right next to Myer and behind the Bourke Street Mall. So it's in the heart of everything - perfect for a few nights shopping or a concert. Would maybe stay here again for a cheap night in Melbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place where the staff go further so you can enjoy your stay. The Mercure Hotel Welcome Melbourne features self and valet parking. Cafes, restaurants and bars are close by and cater to all budgets and tastes and there is an onsite tour and information desk divulging Melbourne's best-kept local secrets. This is great-value accommodation in a great location – shopping precincts and historic theatres are all within walking distance, while sporting venues are a simple tram ride away. This is a 100% non-smoking hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Welcome Melbourne Hotel Melbourne
- Accor Welcome Melbourne