You just cannot get any better if you want comfort at a budget price in a central location. Get the same service, cleanliness and comfort that you'd expect from the Accor chain (Mecure, Novotel), but at a fraction of the price.
Location: Right near Southern Cross station and a short stroll to the city hub. Perfect if you don't have a car. I expect parking would not be free in this area. This is not the Paris end of Melbourne city (they are trying to call it the New York end but I don't think it's catching on), so don't expect it to be as lovely as uptown.
Rooms: Quiet, perfect temperature, view of the office next door. Mine was very spacious with a king sized bed. Clean bathrooms with no unsightly mold. They replaced the milk and coffee on a daily basis, tidied the room and made the bed. Great to come home to after a full day out.
Internet: There is a computer in the lobby where you can check your emails etc free for 15 minutes. I used this option as I came from overseas and didn't get a 3G plan in Australia for my iphone. It was good enough for me, but I do wish there was free internet in the rooms. I guess that's why it's budget.
Breakfast: I didn't have breakfast in the hotel, especially when there are so many exciting coffee shop options down the lane ways of Melbourne. It did kinda have a kitchen smell when you walk past the lobby though. Not a concern for me though.
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Thank you of your informative overview of your recent stay.
It is pleasing to to hear that you enjoyed many aspects of the hotel.
Internet access is a subject we are reviewing regularly to see if we are able to offer
the best service possible. We currently have an in room offer of $10.00 per 24 hours
as an option providing you have your own device compared with the 15 minutes free in the lobby.
An all you can eat buffet breakfast is served daily on the first floor, the aromas do not linger down
to the ground floor.
We do struggle to make comparisons to Uptown New York - however Real Estate agents marketing the many apartments being built in the immediate vicinity do get creative with the names used on development sites
We wish you all the best with your travels and look forward to welcoming you when next in Melbourne.
Mary Ellen O'Malley
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