When I was a boy, this large six storey building was the bastion of the old Victorian Railways, a building that has been a part of Melbourne for a lot longer than I have been around. It was then derelict for many years but was converted to a Hotel and private apartments maybe twenty years ago. It has always been a curiosity at a distance and I had never set foot in it until recently. Where noise is closed out from the hustle and bustle, where long and wide hallways lead to rooms with very very high ceilings and generous room sizes with mezzanine bedrooms and ensuite and comfortable lounge and kitchen on the base level.
Highly recommended for generous size and uniqueness when compared to most hotels I have ever stayed at. We stayed one night with friends for a celebration and we all would have been happy to stay many days longer given the comfort, self catering (if you want it) and spaciousness of the Apartment. Close to the Crown Casino (10 minute walk) and maybe 5 minutes from Southern Cross Railway Station, with trams outside the door. These M Gallery Accor Hotels never cease to amaze me with their quality, uniqueness and in this case, history.
Highly recommended, I marked it down one notch on cleanliness only because of its old world feel, it probably needs a bit of freshening up, but still acceptable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located adjacent to Southern Cross station and close to Melbourne city shopping, theatres, galleries and museums, The Grand Hotel Melbourne - a member of the MGallery collection is one of the most treasured heritage buildings in Victoria. Offering modern five star comfort, it exudes Victorian grandeur, with ornate detailing harking back to the 1800s. The Grand Hotel Melbourne provides deluxe Melbourne accommodation, with 103 spacious suites, a pool, spa, gym, library and hidden garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Melbourne
- Sofitel Melbourne