We like to get away for a weekend in Melbourne at least once or twice a year. We decided this time to try the Langham as we had heard lots of positive reviews and thought it might be nice to stay on the other side of the river.
The hotel is in a good location, however the Southbank area was under a lot of construction whilst we were there.
Upon arrival at the hotel we were very impressed by the foyer, it is quite lavish. Check in was excellent, the service could not be faulted.
We chose a king room with river view. The room itself was nice, but really nothing special. The view is lovely, especially at night. The furniture is a little dated, but I guess this is the look the hotel is going for. Decor wise an update is really in order, a new coat of paint would not go astray! The carpet also needs replacement, it is old and flat.
The bathroom had a separate shower, however it was very dark and the shower head was like something out of the 80's, it was terrible. The bathtub is small and they provide no bubble bath - if you want that you have to pay for it!!
Now to the bed. I have to admit, we have a lovely king size bed at home, so when it comes to hotels, I really expect quality. The bed was saggy and the mattress protector was lumpy. Really not nice at all, it is in need of an update!
We had planned on using the pool whilst we were at the hotel, but when we ventured down to check it out, we found the tempurature to be quite cool. There were people swimming, but for me, it was too cold. The spa bath was full, so we did not bother having a dip.
Overall I would say The Langham is average. It is nice, but for me, there is no wow factor. For the price you pay, a wow factor is expected. I really could not fault the staff as their service was excellent. But the hotel itself is dated, a renovation should be on the cards! There are better hotels in Melbourne - for me, next time I would go back to The Westin Or The Sofitel, for this price bracket they certainly have a bit of an edge over The Langham.
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