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“A great location in the theatre district and Chinatown!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ovolo Hotel Laneways
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #32 of 171 hotels in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
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“A great location in the theatre district and Chinatown!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel is in a fabulous location for Melbourne’s theatre district and right on the doorstep of the city’s ‘Chinatown’. The hotel has a very narrow thin frontage on to Little Bourke Street, which means you could easily walk past it. Reception is small but the staff are extremely welcoming.

There is a happy hour from 6-8pm, which allows you access to free wine and beer and soft drinks. There is also free coffee and tea in the foyer and it is where you have ‘breakfast’. I use that term sparingly because breakfast is muffins and the like and coffee and tea, which is probably fine if you are heading out to explore the many other fine food options nearby.

Our hotel room looked out over Little Bourke Street. It had a very comfortable queen size bed and a large TV (with access to Foxtel and Apple TV). The room is very functional and ordered and had clean lines, which made settling in very easy. The mini-bar in the room is ‘free’ but it is very limited, two glasses of wine, two stubbies of beer, and two waters. But supplies are available from the downstairs fridge. There is also a complementary bag of goodies to help you enjoy in-house drink.

The hotel is very small and as a result doesn’t have all the other distractions and facilities that are available at a very large ‘brand’ hotel. That is not a criticism but something you need to bare in mind if you are in Melbourne for an extended stay.

So, if you want to stay in a classy petite hotel that is a little different in a fabulous location, then this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely brilliant! Love the whole concept of the place. All the staff were friendly and helpful. I can't say anything negative at all. Loved the happy hours, and the complimentary goodies bag on arrival . How great that the mini bar is totally free, AND gets replenished every day!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wi-Fi,loot bag, contents of the mini fridge: all included in the price. Good location. Clean, neat and a little quirky inside. Bed a bit hard and somewhat uncomfortable, but couldn't complain about another thing. Would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed in 2 bedroom apartment, rooms have great natural light and are fitted out with funky yet minimal design. Appreciated the welcome loot bag of goodies and complimentary minibar (juice, water, beer and wine) in the room. Breakfast pastries / coffee on the run in the morning was also a very nice touch. Great location for restaurants and theatre not too noisy which was good so actually got a good nights sleep. Staff were very professional and accommodating. Would definitely stay here again. Only thing I would improve is the wine at happy hour and in mini bar - pretty awful (smelt like egg and didn't taste much better) - though when this is all you can fault with a hotel they are doing pretty well :)

Room Tip: Rooms at back of hotel are quieter / less street noise.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great hotel. Had the 2 bedroom apartment which was roomy and comfortable. Beds very comfortable. Would be ideal for a stay for the Melbourne theatre, on the edge of Chinatown. Beautiful added touches like Danish's for breakfast, yummy. Will stay here again. The only negative was the bathroom sink.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three middle aged ladies holidaying for four night stay in a two bedroom apartment. Had a very enjoyable stay, very efficient and friendly staff. On the outer edge of Chinatown, there was little street noise. Free minibar including juice, mineral water, wine and beer was appreciated.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Hotel Laneways, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Perthstep,

Glad to hear that yourself and the ladies had a great time at the hotel.

I hope to see you back again soon.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our stay at the Ovolo in Melbourne. Well locate and close to great restaurants, cafes and theatres. Really appreciated the complimentary "on-the-run" breakfast and the free mini-bar stocked daily. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Hotel Laneways, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear chauncey2,

Thanks for the review and great to hear you enjoyed your time at Ovolo Laneways.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kelly O'Neill
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Address: 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 171 hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo Hotel Laneways 4*
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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