Spent the night (Saturday) as an overnight trip to Melbourne for the Michael Jackson Immortal Circus. I usually stay in 5* hotels as I can generally find a package deal with indoor pool and buffet breakfast and relatively close to Rod Laver for my occasional concert trips. I like to try different motels and for $289 at Mantra with Buffet and indoor pool (this is what my usual spend is on 5*) I thought this was a good central spot to try. Photos online were great and had a lovely staff member on arrival and then biscuits delivered to my door shortly after (what a treat). Unfortunately the disappointment came after that. The room was tidy and sink/toilet were clean; however walls, door handles, tiles, skirting boards, especially power switches were mucky etc . The amount of dust and grime were not new....this room had only had a 'basic' clean for obviously a long time. My 10 year old son even said he thought it was dirty (that's saying something). urine splatter on the wall behind the toilet was just a bit much and I felt like cleaning this room. Again, staff were great, but for an older motel.....it could had still been clean. I have stayed in Mantra long stay apartment in Broadbeach and that was fabulous! Will never return to the Russell on my next trip in December.