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“Good City bolt hole if you want to avoid a hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Clarion Suites Gateway
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 William St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia   |  
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“Good City bolt hole if you want to avoid a hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Booked via an agent, wasn't sure what to expect, really pleased with the accommodation. Made a pleasant change not to stay in a formal hotel, this was a good bridge into an apartment stay with access to kitchen faciliities if you want or need them. Room set up was good with 2 doubles inter-connecting with a big rollaway for our youngest.

Staff all very friendly, bar area downstairs, good selection of food especially the breakfast - we gave it the award for the best taste during our entire Aus holiday which is saying something (choice wasn't super extensive but was good for us).

Location is close enough to the centre without being too central, good parking facilities just next door.

Room Tip: You need to decide if you want to face the river which is probaboy a little more noisy but you have...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, February 10, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

It is pleasing to read that our room met your expectations, we are a family friendly Hotel with spacious rooms to accommodate families of all sizes, as well as small groups of friends. Thank you also for your comments about our location, amenities, staff and our breakfast selection.
We hope to welcome you back when you next visit Melbourne.

Kind Regards
Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I have just returned to the UK from a holiday in Oz. The Clarion was an excellent location, very friendly staff, very clean and well appointed, nice choice of breakfast. Excellent location for the city, Sports locations and sights - stands on the bank of the Yarra River in the city centre. The view from my bedroom was absolutely stunning. One member of staff dealt with a very difficult problem in a very professional manner. Would definitely return.

Chris Jones, Shrewsbury

Room Tip: Front of hotel - overlooking the river - higher the better
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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CSGManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Dear Chris,

Thank you for choosing Clarion Suites Gateway for your recent stay in Melbourne, and for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back again when you next visit Melbourne.

Kind Regards
Kelly Matthews – Executive Office
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We have just returned home from our stay after booking this last minute on wotif as a mystery booking. Upon check in we were pleasantly upgraded to a one bedroom deluxe room with a view, we had intended to only stay the one night but upon seeing the view we booked an additional night. The staff were friendly & extremely helpful & location perfect. We loved it that much that we intend on booking for NYE. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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, February 10, 2014
Dear Kate,

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we really appreciate your comments about our location, amenities and staff. We are delighted that you choose to extend your recent stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back for NYE. In the interest of adding value to your next stay, I would like to take this opportunity in making available to you additional benefits under our in-house program, One William Club, which accords you -Our valued guest- 20% discounts on just about all hotel services. To find out more please visit our website today.

Kind Regards
Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

When I booked this hotel, I was advised that there was no views. I was surprised to have seen the view. OK it was into a the other building, but I got to see in the windows of the other building, the Crown Towers as well as the gas display in the night every night we were there. The good thing was there were 2 tvs which came in handy when you didnt want to see the same thing, we got a complimentary newspaper we asked for, and amenities when we asked for it. The only thing I found an issue was that the indoor pool was a little smaller than i anticipated, but overall, loved it and highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, February 10, 2014
Dear Hatzina,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on trip advisor. We appreciate your comments about our location and amenities. We look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit our lovely city.

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Kelly Matthews – Executive Office
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Booked this as a mystery hotel through wotif...24th year Anniversary night away...
Such a disappointment :(
Staff who can't seem to manage to smile at all?!?!
Room right next door to noisy lift
Bed that was so old and hard, dipped in the middle...
Combine that with a noisy elavator right next to us made for no sleep whatsoever
An inch later of dust above bathroom door and worn out fittings in bathroom combined with worlds smallest shower made the whole experience the worst I have ever had in a hotel!!
4.5 stars laughable
"Right on the banks of the Yarra" a huge joke
This hotel is in desperate need of a major update
Staff need a lesson in customer service...
Especially in the bar/resturant
Would NOT recommend
Would definitely never return

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CSGManagement, General Manager at Clarion Suites Gateway, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear CarolineJane,

Thank you for your post, although I am very disappointed that we were unable to exceed your expectations on this occasion.
With your indulgence may I just offer some information- our last refurbishment was transacted seven years ago, and at this very moment we have just about completed a proto-type room. Subject to management approval we envisage that we will roll-out our refurbishment program in eight weeks, with a turn around by - April 2014. Thank you also for letting me know your experience in our restaurant, I would like to assure you that we will address this matter as a matter of urgency. In a general sense we are inspired by positive guest comments concerning customer service, and we will dedicate more resources to this department, it certainly does indicate that we have more work to do in this regard.
In our experience we find that noise intrusion is based on individual’s disposition, however, we would be very happy to note this for any future stays, if you would care to advise your contact details.
I do hope that we may have another opportunity to be of service to you upon refurbishment completion, so that we may demonstrate our purpose of exceeding your expectations.

Kind Regards

Tony Cakmar
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Book this hotel for NYE...you wont regret it! you have the BEST views of the yarra for the fireworks. It was really breathtaking!

Has room service and a restaurant downstairs with a cute bar and seating outside.

I stayed in a studio balcony with balcony on the 9th floor and loved it.

Room Tip: Pick a river view room with a balcony!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, January 6, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your review, I have to agree we do offer some amazing views of the Fire Works displays on NYE and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.
I would like to take this opportunity in making available to you additional benefits under our in-house program, One William Club, which accords you -Our valued guest- 20% discounts on just about all hotel services. For terms & conditions and to find out more please visit our website today.
We look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit Melbourne.

Kind Regards
Cindy Colliver – Executive Office
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Bendigo, Victoria
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I spent this past New Years Eve at the Clarion Suites Gateway, and the floor to ceiling windows in the Deluxe Riverview Room was incredible. Views from along Flinders Street all the way along Southbank to Crown Casino, with the MCG in the background. The rooms were a little dated, but everything was clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. Double glazed windows in the bedroom so the sounds of the street were soft. The service upon arrival was extremely friendly and helpful, the staff working hard while still being personable.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, January 6, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on tripadvisor, we have to agree the views from our rooms that overlook the Yarra River and Southbank are amazing. Our last refurbishment was transacted seven years ago, and at this very moment we have just about completed a proto-type room. Subject to management approval we envisage that we will roll-out our refurbishment program in eight weeks, with a turn around by - April 2014.
Thank you for your comments about our team, we do pride ourselves on our customer service.
I would like to take this opportunity in making available to you additional benefits under our in-house program, One William Club, which accords you -Our valued guest- 20% discounts on just about all hotel services. For terms & conditions and to find out more please visit our website today.

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:
#17 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#24 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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