Spending 10 days running a major case in the Federal Court required somewhere close to the Court (HVAH is a two-block 7 minute walk), plenty of working space, and the ability to cook for ourselves without hassles.
HVAH lived up to our needs pretty well in rom 409 although our two days in room 503 were a little less satisfactory and led to the discovery that not all of the two bedroom apartments are equal (503 is probably 20% smaller than 409).
Both had good cooking facilities with a full sized fan-forced oven, a full cooktop (although the old style Ego hotplates have poor control), a reasonable microwave oven, and a good sized fridge (although theone in 503 was missing door shelves). Being only a few minutes from midnight-closing Coles in Spencer Street was very convenient as we could just buy supplies as and when needed.
Bedrooms were comfortable although the n03 rooms on the north west corner of he building get exposed to maximum metal to metal screeching of the trams as they turn from LaTrobe into Spencer Street. Showers had good pressure and plenty of hot water. A dishwashing brush would have been convenient and the lack of non-stick cookware made cleaning a chore with inadequate tools. We had to buy a scourer from Coles.
The exhaust fan can't cope with smoke from the oven so unless you hold open the apartment door and the balcony door the smoke detectors will be set off with any oven or griller cooking!
Pricing was reasonable for weekdays but expensive for weekends. It was cheaper to fly back to Sydney for the weekend and then fly back to Melbourne Sunday afternoon than to stay over for Friday and Saturday night!
The bedroom desk in 503 was quite useless - it is half depth so that it is all but unuseable. And the dining table in 503 is also too small.
Overall very convenient from a location point of view, but let down by some of the basics which could have made our stay more comfortable at neglible additional cost.
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