A friend spotted a great $99 deal, I didn't have time to check it out, but booked it sight unseen as the price was so good. All I knew was that it was in Little Bourke St somewhere. Try NEXT DOOR to the Myer entrance in Lt. Bourke St.! A heritage building opposite the back of the GPO retail complex, this is a shoppers heaven. Myer are doing major renovations at the moment, so if you are there to sleep, there's plenty of noise, and probably explains the ultra-cheap deal. If you are there to shop, or to experience city attractions and activities, wow - you couldn't be closer to the action.
My wotif booking had not registered my request for a smoking room, a previous Gold Coast booking request for a balcony and north-east aspect came through instead, (and must have baffled the staff), they had allocated me a on the third floor, but were happy to move me to another room on the smoking floor. Wow, what a surprise! Instead of a normal hotel room, this was a two-storey arrangement, with modern carpet and decor. Downstairs was the kitchenette, 2-seater lounge, armchair, small dining table and TV. Up the steepish stairs was a heavenly bed with stylish, contemporary bedding in taupe and chocolate, a separate bathroom with shower over a little bath, a cupboard housed ironing gear and there was a wardrobe with a full-length mirror on the inside of the door. The only drawback to this arrangement was you can't watch TV in bed... and the two-seater is pretty small for lying on (call me a sloth, but hey, I was on holidays). As it turned out, I was up early to hit the nearby laneways for a cafe breakfast each day, and was able to pop back to the room to drop off shopping or use the bathroom as required, which was a complete luxury. There's no room service, and despite a cooktop and microwave, I only used the kitchenette to make tea, since there's Vietnamese, Thai and countless restaurants in Chinatown metres from the door, there's no need to cook. My only gripe is that the windows don't open, but there's an effective rangehood if you smoke, and the split-system heating/aircon made the room really warm and comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BreakFree Heritage on Little Bourke offers convenient apartment-style accommodation in the very heart of Melbourne's thriving business, shopping, restaurant and theatre district. Making the most of a magnificent heritage building, it's ideal for both business and leisure travellers alike.The city hotel offers one or two bedroom apartments boasting bright and spacious rooms, some of which overlook the lively streetscape of Melbourne. All rooms include kitchenette with microwave, bath with shower, Foxtel, direct dial ISD/STD telephone, iron and ironing board, electronic access card security and individually controlled air-conditioning. Two bedroom apartments also feature a dishwasher.The hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Melbourne's city. From iconic sporting attractions like the MCG, Etihad Stadium, Rod Laver Arena and Flemington Racecourse, to a host of Victoria's premium parks, gardens and attractions like Melbourne Park Zoo. Within walking distance of the hotel is Melbourne's premium shopping and dining precincts with an ambience or world class cuisine available.BreakFree Heritage on Little Bourke puts you in the heart of Melbourne but not with the huge price tag. ... more less
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