Some friends and I stayed at this hotel for a couple of days and on the whole, I was pleased with it.
The hotel is located minutes from Southern Cross Station which us Melbourne’s major train station. I am assuming it is also the major bus station as well, but I do not know enough about Melbourne’s layout to say for sure. The hotel is also within walking distance from a number of tram stops which is most useful as trams are the major form of transport in Melbourne. Payment for tram usage is done using a MyKi Card (a pre-paid travel card) which can be purchased from Southern Cross Station for AUD$6.50 per adult which is a reasonable price. These cards can be topped up all over Melbourne at tram stations, petrol stations and convenience stores, but I digress.
As you walk up to your room after checking in, the first thing you will notice will be the colour scheme of the hotel. The walls are white, the door frames are black, and all the doors are bright green. I’ve stayed at a few hotels in my time, and none have had any interior decoration that caught my eye like this colour scheme. Just be careful to not become too bedazzled by the colours and miss the elevator- we noticed that the doors were quite quick to shut.
Once inside out room, I found it to be spacious and clean. We had an upgraded triple share room which had one double bed, one single bed, and a couch with a fold-out mattress. The room also had a flat screen TV, tea and coffee resources, hanging facilities for coats, a desk with a chair and phone, a heater and free Wi-Fi. There is enough free room in the room for three people to spread their belongings about and still have room walk around freely. The bathroom was clean and gives you enough room to change and get dressed comfortably. The bathroom door slides closed and does not have a lock so be sure to announce that you are going to use the bathroom before doing so to avoid any surprise visitors. One the first night, we turned the heater on but found that it stopped working after about 20 minutes. We phoned reception about this, and they had it repaired the next day.
Attached to the hotel is Bergerac Restaurant which serves French cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. I will do a separate review for this restaurant, but I will say here that the food was delicious, the ambiance was definitely French, and the staff were friendly. If French cuisine isn’t to your liking, the hotel is also within walking distance of at least a couple of pubs, a McDonalds, a Greek Restaurant and a pizza place. There are also at least 4 night clubs located minutes away from the hotel which all cater to different music tastes, and also a ‘gentlemen’s club’ just a minute’s walk away as well.
All in all I enjoyed my stay at the Kingsgate Hotel and would recommend it as affordable, comfortable accommodation that is centrally located in Melbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1926, the ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel, like Melbourne, provides a traditional European charm and service, together with modern facilities. Comprising of 171 rooms, equipped with wireless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- All Seasons Melbourne
- Accor Kingsgate Hotel