We picked this place due to its proximity to our business meetings at Lygon St plus its "full kitchen facilities and daily service" as compared to other places. No regrets as it's literally a stone's throw from the Italian strip. Popped into Woolworths (about 5mins walk away) to stock up on fruit, milk and some other stuff in case we wanted to eat in. Check-in was a breeze - called the number on the door and was immediately given the access code. Our room door was unlocked with keys on the table. There was even a remote on the keychain to enter/exit the carpark for guests who drove. Filled up the registration form and left on table. Fortunately our unit was on the 1st floor (had read an earlier review re the absence of elevators) and we didn't have to do much lugging of our luggage. Room decor was very simple but had all the needed - large windows overlooking the front street, thick curtains, aircon unit, elec heater, elec fan (relocated it from inside the cupboard to make space for our clothes plus it was rather dusty), 2 hair dryers, kitchen with 4 gas hobs, oven & grill, microwave, crockery & cutlery, pots, pans, colander, teapot, jug, detergent, dishclothes, sponges, cordless phone, ironing board, manager on 24x7, etc. ie. one can be quite self-sufficient. Daily service was most appreciated - clean towels, clean dishclothes, coffee/tea pack topup. Laundry room (washer & dryer) was on the 1st floor, next to our room. Wifi services plus a rack of tourist guides, who needed a reception desk or concierge? Check-out was equally easy, just leave the key on the table. To go to the city, catch a tram at the stop on Lygon/Elgin St. To return, alight at tram stop just before this stop. Else be prepared for a short walk back (learnt this the hard way when we forgot to ding-ding the bell). A little minus was the noise - either people on the street having a loud conversation or sing-along after visiting the nearby pub. Garbage trucks, sounds of clearing bottles also kinda shattered our beauty sleep. Bed was really comfy, no squeaky old springs. And no smoke smell in the room! Very important on our checklist.
Oh yes, if arriving after sunset, may want to keep a good lookout for the place 'cos it's not lit up (unlike other hotels or apartments) - it's next to a clothes retail shop called WitcheryKids. And a phone with local SIM card is advisable to call the number as there is no reception desk (else be prepared to make an IDD call) - not sure if there's a payphone close by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located on a quiet leafy street of Drummond, the property is within minutes to Woolworth supermarket (45 seconds walking distance), NOVA Cinema, Lygon Plaza, fashion stores, and situated parallel to the brightly-Lit Lygon Street – “Italian Heart of the City", an iconic Melbourne destination and world-renowned for its cosmopolitan charm and culinary delights with well over 200 restaurants and café to keep you occupied!All our apartments have comfortable Queen-size beds to offer guests a delightful rest. As well, every apartment has its own Kitchen (NOT kitchenette) for you to prepare home-cooked meals for yourself and family. Woolworth supermarket is across the street and this comes in nice and handy for you to buy Fresh groceries (or daily consumables) whenever you want. Your kitchen is fully equipped with a Gas stove/oven/ griller, Pots & Pans, good sized fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, tea/coffee making facility, plenty of cupboard space, and a range of cooking utensils for your convenience. The following items are also available in your apartment or On-site for your convenience.• Washing & Drying facility onsite to handle all your laundry needs.• Access to wireless internet services (pay services) throughout the building• FREE* Secure Car-parking• Separate lounge, kitchen, and balcony in the One Bedroom apartments with an office desk.• Daily room servicing Monday to Friday• TV/DVD player, Iron & Ironing board, hair dryer, Air Con/ heating system, Built-In wardrobe, and Cordless Phone. ... more less
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