I stayed here for 4 nights in January 2013.
Affordable accommodation in or close to Melbourne is not easy to get at the best of times, and even less so on Auusie Open finals / Australia Day weekend!
It is NOT a hotel and I would say that 'guest house' is also stretching it a bit!
My room was small and spartan with one double bed and very little room for anything else! I was alone, but two people in one of these rooms would have felt very cramped.
The room did have a wall-mounted TV with numerous, mostly Australian, digital channels. Internet access is complimentary, but coverage and reliability is patchy.
Rooms do not have air-conditioning, but rely on the window being opened and rather ineffective fans in the ceiling. I was lucky that it was relatively cool in Melbourne while I was there, yet it still felt very warm.
Because the bathrooms are shared, there is a lot of noise of people coming and going. They were obviously cleaned regularly though.
Breakfast was basic but plentiful, and tea, coffee and water could also be taken at any time of the day.
The property is situated in South Yarra, a thriving area and very close indeed to South Yarra station, providing quick access by train to and from Melbourne with very regular trains running.
Melbourne itself is a lovely city with numerous attractions and just a nice atmosphere, lots to pack into 3-4 days. It IS generally expensive, the now powerful Aussie Dollar making this situation worse!
I'd happily go back to Melbourne again, if I save-up, but would be very unlikely to stay in the Claremont again.
Try to avoid any facing north (in summer anyway - that's where the sun is).
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