We stayed at the Park Regis in 2 rooms for 3 nights as we were attending a wedding in Melbourne. We flew into Melbourne on early flights, but unfortunately we couldn't get an early check in but we were able to leave our bags there. The girl did say that she would call us if the room was ready early but she never did in the end. The manager did say to us that he had only just taken over as manager and was 'still ironing out some issues', and I did see him there until late at night at the front desk.
There is a small cafe associated with the hotel which was open, does a nice breakfast and lunch - a big breakfast (toast, bacon, poached eggs, tomatoe, mushrooms and 2 small hashbrowns) was $12 and coffees about $3.50??. The lunch menu had a good selection, I'd recommend the steak sandwich. It wasn't open on Sunday though. It did serve alcohol, which was handy as there wasn't a bottleshop close by that we found.
We had a 2 bedroom apartments (rooms 101 and 202). They had a pullout sofa which was handy, but this was in the living room and the curtains didn't do much (apartments overlooked St Kilda Road). We also requested another bed as we didn't expect to have the pullout sofa, which was ready and made up in the room. The two bedrooms did have block out curtains and king size beds, and one had a TV. There was only 1 bathroom but it also had its own washing machine and dryer. There was also a packet of washing power on the vanity to use. The Kitchen was fine but we ate out most of the time anyway. The apartment was serviced daily and was clean and tidy. There was enough blankets for the cold weather, could have done with another few pillows though. The beds were comfortable enough. We hardly head any traffic noise though, sometimes the trams made some noise but not as much as I thought we were going to hear. We also had a TV with some austar channels and a DVD player in the apartment.
On the first night the heating didn't seem to be working but I didn't notice it after that. We had inhouse dry cleaning done which was great, reasonably priced, same day service if dropped off at 9am. We couldn't get a late checkout but they did let us extend it from 10am to 11.30am.
The tram stop 27 (High Street) or 28 is across the road from the hotel, very easy to get into town, get on a 3,5,16,64, 67 tram. If you have flown into Melbourne, catch the skybus to southern cross station, then get on a train to Flinders Street station and go across to Tram stop 13 (across swanson street, but on the river side of the station). This wasn't on the website when I looked for how to get there without a taxi or car so I thought I'd include it in here!
My one bad point would be that the car parking was terrible at the hotel. We parked the hire car out on the street during the time that we were there, over the weekend its free to park on the street, during the week you have to pay by the hour (one of us got a ticket). So if you don't need a hire car I would just stick with the public transport.
I had read some bad reviews of the Park Regis before we left and was worried it was going to be a bad stay, but overall it was a nice clean place to stay, the cafe was great and I would recommend it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Regis Griffin Suites is situated in a fantastic position between Melbourne’s city centre and popular St Kilda Beach.Conveniently located on St Kilda Road with a tram stop directly opposite the hotel, Park Regis Griffin Suites is the perfect choice for guests who need to be in easy reach of all that Melbourne and its surrounds have to offer. Close to Albert Park in St Kilda Road's business precinct, it's also just minutes from the Crown Casino, MCG, Chapel Street and popular restaurants and cafes.With its spacious and stylish studio, one and two bedroom apartments offering modern interiors, comfort and privacy, the hotel provides a relaxing home away from home. After a busy day of sightseeing or business meetings, unwind in your apartment with full kitchen facilities (kitchenette facilities in studios), free cable TV, DVD player, WiFi and reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating. ... more less
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- Park Regis Griffin Hotel Melbourne