Hi there, stayed at Birches East Melbourne over the Christmas period in Dec 2012 as we traveled with our dog to Melbourne.
The reason we stayed here was because the place was "pet friendly" and we needed somewhere that would accommodate our dog without any hassles. We didn't really know what to expect.
Gated secure parking that was included in the price, no roof over carpark though.
Nice updated room with modern furniture and comfy bed
Quiet at night so sleeping not a problem
Other guests had dogs so our pooch had other dogs to say hi as we came and went from the building. Didn't feel like we were encroaching on other guests with our dog occasionally barking as their dogs let off the odd bark as well.
Nice outdoor communal BBQ area with tables etc.
Location to CBD, Lygon St and MCG was great. Under 5 minutes to city in car.
Large park opposite to walk the dog
Staff were really helpful and friendly
Room was rather small but functional I guess
We were on the top floor (2nd floor) and there was no lift which meant we had to lug our baby pram up 2 flights of stairs - this was a hassle as there was a lot of stairs
No balcony - just a corridor balcony
In summary, it was great for us as we had a dog. Really happy with the place and would definitely return but next time ask for a room on the ground floor because of the pram situation. Virtually every guest had a dog so everyone had the same idea. If you have a dog and are looking for somewhere to stay in Melb it would be hard to go past this place.
Hope you found this helpful.