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“Great little hotel - the free extras were most welcome” 4 of 5 stars
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Ovolo Laneways
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #35 of 172 Hotels in Melbourne
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“Great little hotel - the free extras were most welcome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Travelled as a couple for 3 nights. Stayed at Ovolo to try out the top-end of Little Bourke St. Enjoyed the hotel, good room with separate bedroom, good TVs, roomy bathroom with large towels, iPad dock, etc. Extras included bag of lollies/chocs, good wifi, mini-breakfast in foyer and complimentary mini-bar which included beer and plonk. I have never seen that before! Replenished every day. Plus more available in foyer. All round a nice place, with friendly staff too. I will stay here again.

Room Tip: Stayed in 408 which had a separate bedroom.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had an amazing experience. The staff was particularly friendly, Stacey and Gemma were constantly giving us tips for how to see the best of Melbourne. The breakfast, mini-bar, and other extras were a nice touch that I haven't seen done in other hotels. All in, just an excellent stay and I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Top Contributor
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Had a great 2 night stay at the new Ovolo. We loved it and would definitely stay there again. The free mini bar and the welcome package was nice, and the room, though quite small, had everything in it. Lovely rain shower and nice amenities. The wifi was fast and most of all FREE! The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast pastries were super fresh, but if you stay any length of time it would be a bit boring and unhealthy. Location is great and an easy walk up Bourke street.
TIP: I found a rate on wotif that was cheaper than the rates for the same dates on the Ovolo site, but they matched it without any hassles. Thus saving a quick $60!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We recently stayed for four nights at the Ovolo. The room and bathroom were clean and the bed reasonably comfortable.
The "free WiFi" would have been nice had we been able to actually connect for more than 3 minutes at a time.
On one morning of our stay the mini muffins and pastries provided for breakfast were frozen, although, in fairness, the staff were most apologetic about this.
The day before we checked out, Housekeeping removed our used towels but didn't replace them so we had to ask for fresh ones for the following morning's shower.
Despite these little glitches our stay was quite pleasant. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We Stayed at the Ovolo on Saturday night for my hens night. The one thing that stood out was the AMAZING customer service and all the little perks that they supplied. The staff were friendly, helpful and went above and beyond for my friends and I. The rooms were pretty soundproof and the beds were amazing to fall into. Free Coffee, Free minibar and the free "loot bag" were amazing extra touches that just made the experience even more special. More hotels need to take a leaf out of the Ovolo book - We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Fantastic boutique hotel with lots of little extras to make it great value. Well appointed rooms and great staff, made us feel comfortable and welcome. Couldn't be closer to Princess Theatre. Don't forget to get the discount ticket for parking on Bourke street on check out. Parked for 24 hours for $15.

Room Tip: Room facing little Bourne was slightly noisy on a Saturday night.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed at the Ovolo in Melbourne and found it a very pleasant surprise to have free snacks and free basic minibar provided. Papers were also complimentary and the location near the edge of China Town suited our needs perfectly. A bit different to your normal boring hotel and extremely good value. We thought the level of security to use the lifts was also very good.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 172 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo Laneways 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ovolo's first international hotel in Australia is designed and inspired by the hidden streets and gems that Melbourne is known for. Located within the CBD and steps away from Parliament house and the treasury gardens, Ovolo Laneways offers effortless living without being away from the action of the city. ... more   less 
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