Let me start with the positives. The location is absolutely great. A good start for any trip into the city. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
This being said, the room was not what you would expect from a hotel. Very small, no space to put your suitcase and a bed that I had to sleep diagonally in because it was too small (and I'm not a tall guy). The bathroom was very basic, but clean. Frankly, if this would have been a room in a hostel, at hostel prices, I would have been fine with it. But not at the price they are charging for it.
In addition, I hate it when hotels charge you for wifi. But being charged $5/30 minutes for internet that takes 5 minutes to load any random news-site is just unbelievable in this day and age.
It's a beautiful old building that, with some investments, could be turned into a beautiful hotel, but this one completely missed the train to the 21st century.
- 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 in room Free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- All Seasons Melbourne
- Accor Kingsgate Hotel