This hotel was quite a find. The location in Melbourne is terrific, close to everything and transport on the doorstep for ventures a little further afield than the CBD. The staff were really helpful and friendly with recommendations on places to eat and how to get around.
It is trying to be very trendy and “young” – we were certainly the oldest guests there the weekend we visited (in our 40s) and we found it to be a bit “over designed with “features” for features sake. A very young vibe, at adult prices
- They have some really lovely touches. Even though the mini bar is basic – it is free and restocked daily
- They provide a “loot bag” with some snacks
- They have free wifi – great for posting my photos taken during the day
- Breakfast works well in what is a rather confined lobby and is a good solution to what might otherwise be an issue.
- Location is wonderful - however, our view was of the brick wall behind over the bin alley – made it feel very closed in when in the room – guess that’s part of being on the 1st floor in the city
On the downside:
- The furniture seems cheap and the basics were not there….the walls were very scuffed and it needed a paint job in the room.
- The rug under the bed was of no use, and in fact was a trip hazard – we flattened it out on the first night, came back from our day out to find it has been put back with ridges in it as it didn’t fit the room or situation.
- The bathroom was on the small side – the bathroom sink was ridiculous – you couldn’t even lean over it to clean your teeth properly
- The lifts were cranky – and the key cards very temperamental
- Noise – from plumbing and AC units outside
- 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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