This hotel is out of the central business district but it is between the business district of St Kilda Road and Albert Park. Therefore, lots of nearby cafes underneath business premises catering for breakfast, take out lunch and coffees etc.
We didn't eat in the hotel so can't comment on breakfast but prices looked typical for hotel breakfasts!
The room we had overlooked L'Oreal (next door business). On the first night I had a real problem sleeping as the air conditioning units from the L'Oreal building resonated all night and it didn't matter where my head lay, I couldn't avoid the hum. The 2nd and third nights were OK as the fans were quieter...
Other than the fan noise, the room was fine : modern, well equipped and well presented. We had 2 double beds so the kids (9,11) had to share and we certainly were a little tight on space.
That said, there was enough room for our large cases and the kids enjoyed using the Spa pools upstairs and WIFI was free. Something of a rarity in Australia (certainly the first hotel we had stayed in where I didn't have to pay $20-30 a day for Internet access) so FULL marks for this! There was a premium option but the 512k service was absolutely fine for our needs.
The real benefit of this hotel was the fact that we explored St Kilda. I think we would have missed out if we'd stayed in the CBD.
Overall the hotel met our admittedly basic needs, was comfortable, reasonably priced and in a good location for exploring St Kilda or Melbourne city. A taxi ride or tram use is essential though. There is a taxi rank outside and there are 2 tram stops just 4 mins walk from the hotel reception.
Finally, if you visit St Kilda and like cakes, then go to Acland Street...An entire row of amazing cake shops.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ** AS OF JULY 1 2013, WE ARE NOW OFFERING FREE WIFI THROUGHOUT OUR HOTEL (IN ROOM AND IN ALL PUBLIC AREAS)Just a stone’s throw away from the CBD, the Melbourne Parkview Hotel is located along St Kilda Road’s famous tree lined boulevard on Melbourne’s city fringe. Our 206 spacious, warm and inviting rooms provide guests with a separate dressing and wardrobe area, well-appointed bathroom with large walk in shower, individually controlled air-conditioners, work desk and plenty of fresh air from one thing you won't find in most other hotels, windows that open.Other room features include mini-bar, tea/coffee facilities, in-room safe, bathrobes, pillow menu, double glazed windows, high speed wireless broadband internet access, High Definition LCD TV with Foxtel Cable Television and a Media Hub allowing direct TV connection for your media device.Hotel facilities include 24hr reception, 24hr room service, dedicated conference floor, gym, concierge, guest laundry and dry cleaning service, business center, complimentary newspapers, on-site secure parking and complimentary wireless internet in public areas. Relax and indulge whilst taking in the views of Melbourne and surrounds from our indoor roof top spa & sauna.Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in Woods Cafe, Bar & Restaurant, with its outdoor terrace, café, restaurant, and bar.Many of Melbourne’s tourist attractions are only a short tram ride away including the iconic Federation Square, Chapel Street, Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens, MCG and Etihad Stadium. The Melbourne Parkview Hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy the best of Melbourne. ... more less
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