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“Funky hotel with extras ” 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 #32 of 172 Hotels in Melbourne
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“Funky hotel with extras ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Upon checking in the staff were friendly, I received the wifi password and went up to my room. I Set up the Apple TV and watched a show in the room on a comfy couch and had a free drink and bag of peanuts. The city is great for a walk around and I explored lots of shops in the laneways and the hotel is right at Amphlett place. Hubby arrived after the game so we walked down to Chinatown for a lovely meal.

Overall the hotel is fabulous with a great location, great inclusions and comfy bed. I did find the heating a bit high being my only negative. I think we will be back for sure.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ovolo is situated at the top of Little Bourke St which is in close proximity to China Town where a number of fabulous restaurants are located. Around the corner on Spring St there is the Wine Bar, the Grocer store and the Melbourne Supper Club.
On checking in we were greeted by friendly staff who remained helpful and chatty during our three night stay. They were able to offer advice on trams to catch, places to visit and an umbrella for the autumn rain.
We had a one bedroom studio apartment which had s separate area with a sofa, TV and dining table. Tea making facilities were provided and the fridge was full of sparkling water, beer and cool drink that is complimentary and refilled each day.
We enjoyed happy hour from 6-8 in the foyer area where you can have a chat with other guests if you choose to or have a quiet drink by yourselves. Beer and wine are complimentary for this also.
We loved the other touches too - the Snack bag in the room- the candy bar in the foyer, that had a fabulous assortment of easter chocolates and the coffee machine and muffins that were offered each morning.
We would definitely book another stay in the near future.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this place. Comfortable and felt spoiled in a way. Free drinks, free breakkie on the go, flexible check in and out hours, and they even give guests a little loot bag with snacks as a welcoming gift! Small gesture but heartfelt. I booked the one bedroom apartment and the king sized bed was so comfortable and I spent a subtantial amount of time just lazing on the sofa watching TV every night after a day out. It just felt like home. The location was quite convenient as shopping malls and restaurants were all within walking distance.
The largest downside was that there wasn't a carpark at the hotel and we had to park at a nearby carpark which even after the hotel discount ticket was AUD16/day or per exit which adds up and was inconvenient if you need to exit multiple times a day. Another small issue was that the bathroom wash basin was way too small and the water just ends up going all over the place when you wash your face.

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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adam M, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Irene N,

This review is truly a keeper. Thank You!
For anyone wanting to get the perfect idea of what to expect at the hotel, we will be sure to point them to yours.

You've mentioned a few of the many positives we offer here, including the free WiFi, breakfast, loot bag, phone calls and location (the list goes on and on!). This really allows us to separate ourselves from our competitors.

It is true that we do not have any onsite parking. Unfortunately being a 43 room establishment in the most sought out area in the CBD doesn't allow us to have this luxury. However, I'm sure you agree that our $16 rate we offer our guests is substantially better than the egregious prices majority of car parks implement within close vicinity (around $42 daily rate!!).
Our sinks...oh our sinks. It is true our single rooms contain sinks on the smaller side. New designs and concepts have been discussed to improve what we believe to be the only black dot on our superb white Ovolo canvas.

C U SOON!

Adam Males
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Perth, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having stayed at Ovolo previously, our return visit was as good as ever.
In addition to giving us a room upgrade, the staff were truly kind to let us check in early and check out late (owing to less than ideal flight times).

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam M, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear BunnyNine,

Wow, what a tremendous review!! Thank you for the kind words, we endevour to set our standards to the level that experienced with us.

You're most welcome about the free upgrade. We love taking care of our previous guests and if the accommodation level dictates some room shifting, we always seek those who have returned to stay to be the beneficiaries.

Hopefully we will be welcoming you back again...and again!

C U SOON!

Adam Males
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would choose this hotel again. The wine wasn't available until 6pm, which wasn't ideal after a hectic day. he bed was fine for one person, however it felt like 2 single beds pushed together. The air con was useful however I struggled to operate it.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Adam M, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Rachel V,

Great to hear that you would choose us next time you're in Melbourne, let's hope that next time it's for leisure instead of work!

It is true that our free happy hour starts nightly from 6pm until 8pm, so apologies for this inconvenience as it sounds like you needed a glass of wine after your long day.

C U SOON!

Adam Males
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Queensland, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a fun little hotel with great staff and in a great location! minutes away from the mall and amazing cafes. The staff help you with your every need! little things like the free happy hour and lolly bar are a great touch! I will be staying again, thanks for the experience Ovolo! :)

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam M, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear LeeAndrews00,

Wow! Thank you for the kind words!

The staff are going to be quite delighted to ready your review! Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and that we made your experience a special one.

Next time you're down from Queensland, let us know!

C U SOON!

Adam Males
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Moe, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second stay at Ovolo Laneways. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. From the friendly, helpful staff to the well designed rooms and complimentary extras this place is top notch. Close to amazing restaurants and venues. Would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great place to stay should put this one at the top of their list.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Adam M, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Nicole,

Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay your first time that you came back! Certainly looking forward to accommodating you for your third visit :)

As you have pointed out, we really are well situated, so close to everything!

C U SOON!

Adam Males
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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 #32 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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