Stayed here as an overnighter prior to a cross country car trip. My brother was staying nearby hence the choice of location. Arriving late on a Tuesday night the lobby was quiet. Impressions were of a nice enough looking reception area with an adjacent bar and dining area. Check-in was very quick (pre-booked) and the lady behind the counter friendly. There was a concierge nearby but not required.
Our room was 513 (5th floor). The lifts were fairly ordinary in appearance and it was beginning to make sense why the special rate was so special. This impression did not change when viewing the 5th floor hallway, which appeared quite grubby (wall scuffs etc). However upon entering the room this impression improved as the room was very presentable, with a queen and single. Our view was of an office building next door but not too intrusive.
Upon learning of a top floor gymnasium I changed and ducked upstairs for a late night workout. The gym is accessed via the 7th floor stairwell (so presumably on the 8th). There were change rooms, a small pool/large spa, concept 2 rower, stair climber, two treadmills, an elliptical, a basic exercise bike, home gym and adjacent sauna. The main views are out to the same office building (but front corner) and overlooking Queens Road (next morning I learnt that Albert Park was to the left!). At 10:15pm there was no one there. The hours of operation are 5:30am to 11pm. On the opposite side of the main viewing window is a sliding door (where second treadmill and elliptical look out) which opens to a large outdoor deck which appears to be a smoking area. This had nice views of Albert Park. Using the treadmill I wondered whether there was any noise to the rooms below (which from memory would be 703 and possibly 705 or other low 700's) as I had experienced this at Mantra Tullamarine. For those that prefer outdoor running Albert Park was right over the (very busy) road - there are nearby lights for crossing.
Back to the room. The bathroom was spacious enough (another poster claimed they were small) and whilst somewhat dated seemed to have everything in working order and clean.
The bed was ok in terms of comfort. Nothing I would rave about but conversely no real complaints. Pillow was quite firm whereas my preference is for a softer feel. The television was sizeable enough and appeared to have the usual array of tv stations, pay per view movies etc. There was internet access but it appeared to be at a cost so I did not use ( I think these days all hotels in big cities should be providing this as a complimentary service - but perhaps cheaper hotels get a pass). Other than tea / coffee we did not use anything else (or look for it) so cannot comment on their functionality / presence. There was no noticeable noise from adjacent rooms nor the hallway, though again I think rooms ending around 04-05 could be close to the elevator lobbies on each floor - check with hotel if this is a usual concern.
We did not use the restaurant so cannot comment on meal pricing / range. There was underground parking - accessed from small road to the rear. We headed off early the next morning so did not look around. I cannot comment on nearby restaurants, shops etc other than Albert Park being over the road.
Overall impressions were of an ok hotel, pretty basic, but comfortable. Looking a little worse for wear in parts but generally ticking the boxes. When the price was taken into consideration we were happy. If I needed to stay in this general area again I would definitely consider this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayview Eden Melbourne is conveniently located on Queens Road overlooking the picturesque Albert Park Lake and Port Phillip Bay. It is located in the heart of the St Kilda Road business district and is only a short tram ride away from Melbourne's Central Business District and Crown Entertainment Complex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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