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Clarion Suites Gateway
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 William St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia   |  
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“Ticks all the boxes for me.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the 1-bed suite, which faces away from the waterfront, but only cost around $160 per night. View is not unpleasant, facing a courtyard and modern office buildings. It seems that the room has been recently refurbished, and done to a very good standard.
Pros:
- Clean, modern, tasteful and quite spacious
- separate kitchen/lounge area
- dimmable halogen lighting
- 2 lcd tvs with foxtel
- room tidied each day if requested
- blackout curtains
- adjustable aircond
- very central location
- not pokey
- polite and helpful staff
- 24 hour room service (I didn't use it, but it's there)
- w/machine, iron, cooking facilities, sink.
- double glazing in the bedroom so quiet at night
- door in bedroom opens onto a very small balcony, but it means you can get fresh air if you want it (but the noise comes with it!)
- full size fridge
- very little noise from neighbouring apartments.
- price is sensational for the location and quality
- on Wotif.com I got an upgrade to this room, from what I'm not sure. And... a free bottle of house wine. Nice!

Cons:
- Queen bed (king would be better, but wouldn't suit the room size.)
- Bed is clean and not old, but dips a little in the middle. Not enough to worry anyone other than the most sensitive of sleepers (like me!)
- aircond outdoor units are noticeable, but not unpleasant or intrusive.

Overall, you won't find better value for money in Melbourne. It would suit business or pleasure, although for pleasure I think you would want the room with the view over the waterfront. That would be a very nice view.

I can't vouch for the quality of any of the other rooms, but my impression is that this is a hotel that has thought about the important things and isn't trying to be something it's not. No unpleasant surprises were found. Well done to Clarion!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CSGManagement, General Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear Adam,

Thank you for choosing Clarion Suites Gateway for your vacation in Melbourne, and for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay. For future reference most of our rooms do feature king beds, when making your next booking please advise our friendly team of your preference and we would be happy to accommodate you. We look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit our lovely city.

Kind Regards

Tony Cakmar
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Our Second time we have stayed here and we were lucky enough to stay in the one bedroom riverview deluxe suite. Spectacular view at night looking towards Crown and the hourly Crown Flames Show. During the day the view is excellent. Looking down the Yarra to the Bay. Also Looking up the Yarra at Federation Square and Flinders Street Station. In the morning you can see the Hot Air Balloons too. Staff were lovely. Breakfast was generous. Swimming Pool was warm. Bedroom looked over the Yarra to Crown. Suite was comfortable with Tv in lounge area and Tv in bedroom. Good size kitchen with good size kitchen/dining table. Very happy with the Stay last Saturday night.

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  • Stayed June 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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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Chris,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent stay at the Clarion Suites Gateway, your continued patronage and well recognised and most welcome at our Hotel. We really appreciate your positive comments about our location, views and service and we look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit Melbourne.

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Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel at least 5 times now and it has never failed me. This time we had a river-view room just beautiful. spacious, clean and a comfy bed.. What I really liked was the hand basin and mirror separate from the shower and toilet, making getting ready to go out a breeze.. From parking, reception and the restaurant you can't go wrong staying at this hotel.. Great stay, Thanks Clarion Suites Gateway.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on tripadvisor and most importantly for allowing us to be of service to you, your continued patronage is well recognized and most welcome at our hotel. Thank you for your kind words about our facilities and amenities, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Kelly Matthews – Executive Office
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Stayed here in a 2 bedroom river-suite for birthday celebrations with a few girl friends. The hotel is close by to everything and has amazing views!
Staff are so friendly and lovely! They treated us with a bottle of wine on the house and also drink vouchers. Shout-out to Tom the luggage boy who gave us plenty of laughs.
Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for choosing Clarion Suites Gateway for your recent stay in Melbourne, and for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We are delighted our customer service made your stay more enjoyable and we hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards
Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We recently stayed at Clarion Suites for the first time. We were booked into the King suite with river views, but we also faced the Casino, so had the spectacle of the gas jets going off as well. Although we faced the street there was no traffic noise at all. The room was quite a good size and seated four people, The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was a reasonable size. the Clarion is well within walking distance of the C.B.D. the ballet centre, St Paul's cathederal and Flinders Street station is across the road. We ate in the restaurant and as we had a voucher deal for food/wine, the meal was quite inexpensive, but beautifuuly cooked, presented and the service was excellent. Parking is on-site, so it was no hassle with the car.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent stay at Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne. We really appreciate your positive comments about our location, rooms, restaurant, facilities and service and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards

Kelly Matthews – Executive Office
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Stayed in a one bedroom suite.

Excellent room and service. The concierge was very polite and helpful.

The room had more than enough space to have a small meeting to talk about business in.

The food and drinks at the café was brilliant. I did not need to leave the hotel except for business.

Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

It is pleasing to read that you enjoyed your stay with us during your recent trip to Melbourne and that our rooms and service meet your expectations. May we have the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to our lovely City.


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Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Clarion Suites Gateway in Melbourne. I chose this hotel for its location which was within walking distance of Federation Square, Southbank and Melbourne CBD shopping. In all I found this hotel to be clean, well run and very well located. The staff on check in were some of the friendliest and most helpful i've encountered for some time which was a nice change from the standard greeting and service of other places I have visited in the city.

The room was very clean and had almost everything we needed, and a few things we didn't use to the length of our stay (washing machine, which would have been very handy if staying for an extended amount of time) The only thing I would add woud be free wifi as internet connection was possible but was at an additional cost. This didn't really matter however as I only needed to check email so it was a minor inconvenience.

In all, a great place to stay. I would recommend it to my friends and wouldn't hesitate to stay again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your review, the team at Clarions Suites Gateway are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. We appreciate your comments about our location and customer service.
We have just started introducing in all hotel rooms a Wi-Fi solution; however we are unsure if we will be able to provide this service on a complimentary basis.
We will indeed monitor our price structure as well as guest feedback; as a measure of improvement.
We look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit Melbourne.

Kind Regards

Kelly Matthews – Executive Office
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Address: 1 William St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#25 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#26 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#39 Business Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Clarion Suites Gateway 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated 200 meters from aquarium & 500 meters from casino, shops & Yarra River Cruises. ... more   less 
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