I’ve stayed in this hotel for five days on a recent business trip to Melbourne in November. I found this hotel to be a very good option for business as well as for leisure travelers.
The location of the hotel is on busy St. Kilda Road, a four lane road that leads directly to the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne. A tram stop is just 2 minutes from the hotel and one is therefore in a matter of ten to fifteen minutes in central Melbourne. If you want to walk to the beach, you have to stroll around a little lake that is popular with sportspeople of all kind. From the hotel to the beach one will need around half an hour on foot.
There are a two cafés across the road from the hotel; otherwise it is a bit lonely there especially at night. Taxi from the airport to the hotel should cost between 50 to 60 AUD. A cheaper alternative would be to take the skybus from the airport to the Southern Cross station (ex Spencer Street station) and from there one either goes by taxi to the hotel or takes the tram. In the latter case one has to change the tram at Flinders Street station. With a lot of baggage this is not such a great idea in my opinion.
Though I booked a standard room, I was upgraded to the next higher level of rooms with a city view. That was possibly the case because I was staying for five days at the hotel or maybe because I was easily recognizable as a corporate customer. I don’t know. Anyway: The room was very spacious with a great view over the cricket ground and the central business district of Melbourne.
There was an average stocked minibar, amenities like a hair dryer, an iron and so on were also there. The cleanliness of the room was good, only negative point was that there was a lot of dust on top of the (not so tall) wardrobe in the separate (ensuite) dressing area. All in all however cleanliness was not a major issue.
The huge king size bed was very comfortable, in my opinion maybe even to comfy. The mattress was too soft for my liking. The LCD TV had only very few channels. The bathroom was large and nice. Very little mold here and there but not too dramatic. There is no in-room safe: valuables go into one of the boxes at reception.
Very friendly people can be found everywhere in the hotel, from the reception to the bar staff and the people in the restaurant. All were very professional and very responsive to all requests. Very small drawback: One of the bar staff ladies gave me a wrong or at least a bad wine recommendation.
Bar and restaurant were OK. Breakfast at the Lime café was boring after two days. I therefore went to one of the cafes opposite the hotel on the other side of St. Kilda Rd.
There were two internet terminals next to the reception area. The first 15 minutes are free. The gym on the top floor was good as was the Jacuzzi style pool. It was very relaxing to use that pool at night with a great view of the CBD. I also liked the complimentary newspaper service. There are usually two taxis waiting outside the hotel. Though they offered a free shuttle bus service to the CBD I never made use of that offer.
I liked this hotel very much and would certainly choose it again if I had to travel to Melbourne again. Highlights are the spacious rooms, the motivated staff and the Jacuzzi pool on the top floor.
- 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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