On checking in, the receptionist told me this was my 26th stay (so probably close to 100 nights) at Melbourne's Quay West Suites, just over the Princess Bridge in Southbank - that says everything.
Those few extra steps out of the CBD, past Federation Square and Hamar Hall are worth it to escape the darkness of the Collins St hotels, find some space, and a sense of actually leaving work. The location is perfect for wanders along the river, finding places to eat (Southbank or Crown, or back into the CBD), or taking in a show at the nearby Arts Centre, recital hall, Melbourne Theatre Company home, or again, a short walk back to the commercial theaters in the CBD.
Whether you get a two bedroom, one bedroom or studio (I've had them all!) your suite will be well appointed (even a DVD player - how quaint) and well presented. The bathrooms, though clean, are starting to look a little dated and could so with an upgrade - but no reason to stop you from staying.
I've ordered just about everything off the in-room dining menu, and can't ever remember being disappointed by either the quality or service.
This is a perfectly functioning and functional hotel. If you're looking for opulence and luxury, try somewhere else, but if you're looking for smart, well-appointed, good value, good service, great location - Quay West is hard to beat. Very hard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quay West Suites Melbourne is a 5 star apartment style hotel overlooking the Yarra River. Offering a choice of one, two or three bedroom guest accommodation, the hotel is ideal for business travellers, family holidays or a romantic getaway. Quay West Suites Melbourne provides easy access to the CBD and local attractions such as Federation Square, Royal Botanic Gardens, Crown Casino, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, Melbourne Aquarium, fashion boutiques, restaurants and cafes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quay West Suites Melbourne Hotel Melbourne
- Quay West Hotel Melbourne
- Quay West Melbourne