I picked this for the location, just outside of Melbourne CBD, but right on a tram line and easy to get anywhere. It fulfilled all of my expectations, and then some. St. Kilda road is very busy, but the hotel was quiet. The room was elegant and comfortable. It's obvious that it is an older building, but it has been remodeled without losing its charm. Staff is friendly and very helpful. One gripe -- you must step up to get into the room's bathroom, which has been made more hazardous by the seemingly unnecessarily high threshold on top of the step. There is free wifi available in the rooms, although it has a daily download limit. There is an internet-connected desktop computer in the library which is free to use, and the library is open 24 hours. My husband and I would often take a glass of wine out to the front veranda or patio and watch the world go by. It has coin-op laundry, a great find after a week of traveling around Australia.
One item that's probably overlooked is the restaurant in the hotel. We skipped the expensive breakfast ($18 buffet) and ate out of our refrigerator each morning. But we ate our evening meal in the restaurant twice, and both times were the best meals we had in our entire two-week Australian trip. Excellent food, and fantastic service.
Overall, we were completely charmed. I would definitely return here!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Charsfield is a fine example of early St Kilda Road Victorian architecture, which has heritage listing. This boutique accommodation now combines the warmth, character and style of the building with professional and friendly service to ensure the experience on offer is as unique as the guests who stay here. So whether you are visiting Melbourne on business, as a conference delegate, on holiday, or perhaps to enjoy one of the many major events in town, the Hotel Charsfield is the ideal choice for accommodation in Melbourne. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charsfield Hotel Melbourne