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“Lovely hotel in a great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Royce Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   379 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia (South Yarra)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel in a great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Royce for the second time (the first was 7 years ago) and, again, it was a very good experience. The location is excellent as it is in a relatively quiet stretch of St Kilda Rd but only a brisk walk or tram ride to the city. We walked to the Shrine of Remembrance only 5 mins away. We had a loft-style room which was excellent value for the price we paid ($300 inc breakfast) compared to most other city hotels charging $300 plus for the same night (without breakfast). The layout of the loft rooms is excellent and definitely worth the extra money.

Note that there is no on-site parking, but no problem on weekends as St Kilda Rd parking right outside is free. The room did warm up during the night (as other reviewers have mentioned on this site).

The staff are friendly and efficient and the bar (The Amberoom) has a good inner-city vibe and a wide range of drinks available.

Room Tip: The loft rooms are definitely worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Morwell, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Our stay at the royce was fantastic. Beautiful room. Fantastic glass bathroom and great service. I would stay here again and would recommend highly. Great location close to both the city and chapel street. Thanks Royce for a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Queensland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at The Royce. Fabulous area to stay in. Fantastic Restaurant called Dish and The Amber Room has a great atmosphere. Highly recommended. So glad I decided not to stay right in the city this time.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We have used the Royce for work, and I was pleased to score a Sunday night deal to stay there. Very well refurbished, very nice room, fittings, looking over the back courtyard so no road noise. I was on the first floor so could use the grand staircase to go up and down, nice.

But the sleep is the most important thing. Once again, the curse of the over-soft Melbourne beds struck. It was a mattress containing some springs, which were very unmotivated to do anything but collapse when weight was put on them. You could see distinct dips on both sides where people had slept, and I found the bit in the middle still had some life in it.

The air con... a previous reviewer had mentioned this. It was set around 21c which is just too hot for sleeping. I tried turning it down, and got the fan going... and it seemed to heat up! By 1.30am I was sweltering (no, windows didn't open either) and rang the poor guy in reception, who knew exactly the problem, which suggested that many people had the same problem. He came up and fiddled with it, and very slowly, the temperature came down a bit, although in the morning the thing still said 20.4c. Way too warm.

Didn't get much sleep, anyway, and had an all-day meeting to sit through. So not happy, not impressed, and not going back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed here for one night. Booked a Winter Warmer package and were delighted when we were advised upon check-in that we had been upgraded to an Executive Suite.

Room was lovely and comfortable. We were in room 100 and were worried that it was going to be noisy as it was located near the lobby, on street level and near the hotel entrances to the restaurant and bar. We needn't have worried, room was lovely and quiet !

Bathroom was immaculately clean and was impressed with tv above the spa bath (even though we didn't have time to use it).

The amber room was very lively on a Friday night, was a good atmosphere,only negative was some music would have been good. I had the best espresso martini ever here !!!!

Buffet breakfast was included and variety and freshness of food was good. Another bonus here is that breakfast is served until 12pm !

Staff were very welcoming and accommodating.

Would definately stay here again and recommend to others.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Royce Hotel is classy but very welcoming for all we stayed there with our teenage daughters after arriving from perth for a relatives wedding and found everything to be of a really high standard.Having never stayed in such classy place before we felt like we were on a movie set.The service was great from check in to check out friendly helpful and highly efficient staff made our stay something to be remembered.The location is in close proximity to whatever you need,the rooms and bathrooms exceptional neat clean and tidy and although our stay was brief and only overnight we could not have asked for a better place to stay the staff are extremely welcoming and nothing is a problem they treat you like family all in all I cant speak highly enough of this hotel we will stay there again sometime in the near future definetly.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tasmania
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119 reviews 119 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

The Royce is in a good location with great tram service. The room was OK although the view out to brick walls was definitely unappealing. The upside of this was that it was very quiet. The location near the shrine of remembrance and the 10 minute walk over the hill to the MCG were big pluses. The lack of family rooms makes it really only suitable for business trips or couples.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 379 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > South Yarra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Melbourne
#31 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#40 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#45 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#47 Family Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Royce Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 100
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