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“Very convenient apartment accom, but not much character” 3 of 5 stars
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Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
4.5 of 5 Condominium   |   187 City Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia (Southbank)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 109 Specialty lodging in Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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“Very convenient apartment accom, but not much character”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Short Stay apartments are not bad at all. The location is excellent and their the best feature, with easy access to trams, a walk to the city centre and Southbank precincts.

The building facilities (pool and gym) are well kept, as are the furnishings and the balconies are great, decent sized, except that you're not allowed to put anything on them, including furniture.

However for an extended stay they lack any personality or sense of homeliness. For self-contained apartments, they also have an inconvenient lack of key items for settling in quickly, such as: no access to drying rack (although there is a dryer), no start ups in the kitchen (e.g. tupperware or cling wrap, butter, oil, the things you don't want to buy a full packet of when you're away from home).

But it is secure and so convenient. Good beds, good pillows, air con but expensive internet.

I have stayed at both the Kavanagh St building, and also the one on the corner of Clarendon and Whiteman Sts. The latter is meant to be the "deluxe" property, but the one bedroom apartments are exactly the same as the standard ones, except for having cable TV and a better view with more privacy (over the city vs into other apartment blocks). I wouldn't bother paying the extra for this 'deluxe' property if you don't mind people potentially peeping into your room when the curtains aren't drawn.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Just finishing a five night stay with two adult children in a spacious and well appointed three bedroom apartment on the 32nd floor of these apartments. From the easy check in and welcome package to the end of our stay everything went smoothly. Apartment was clean modern and had a spectacular view over Melbourne. Situated across the road from crown casino at southbank it was convenient and easy to get around Melbourne. Great place to stay for a vacation. Highly recommended

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Sitting on the 26th floor with a superb view of the city, this truly was a great weekend away. The central location to almost everything was fantastic. The facilities on site with the pool, gym, TV to name a few were second to none. The lobby of the building was like something from from an exclusive resort in a tropical location. The parking was also very easy to use and no distance to travel from the apartment. I will be back and comes highly recommended

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Was in the Victoria tower in south bank -
Clean, modern and some good views - albeit looking into a series of adjacent high rises- so I had the blinds drawn for most of my stay- excellent access to the delights of south melbourne markets and the arts precinct and a food works mini market on city road for stocking the kitchen.
A three week stay was enhanced by a lap pool, gym and sauna and a concierge who was friendly.
Highly recommended amenity for the modern traveller in a fantastic metropolis.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne04, Guest Relations Manager at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Thank you for your review.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay at our Southbank Central property. The location really does make it easy to enjoy the Southbank arts and culture precinct, South Melbourne Market, Southgate shopping centre and the world-class restaurants and bars along Southgate promenade. We are pleased to hear you made good use of the leisure facilities on offer and thank you for your kind words about your friendly concierge.

We thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Cambridge, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

24th floor exec apartment looking south out of city tower. Awesome location and fantastic view. Great watching everything going on around. Inside was quiet and spacious for 3 adults and a toddler. No real issues, dont like paying for carparking but thats the norm in the CBD and it seems to be one of the cheapest at $16.50 a night.
Staff were good to deal with mostly and accepted my late change requests of which there were a few which was well recieved!
Would happily stay there again as it was great bang for buck!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne04, Guest Relations Manager at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Thank you for your review.

Our central Southbank location provides a great base to experience everything that Melbourne has to offer, so we’re really pleased to hear you enjoyed the location and the view from your 24th floor apartment. We’re delighted that you found your apartment spacious and peaceful and we’re proud to hear that our staff were helpful in handling your requests.

Thanks once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back to Melbourne Short Stay Apartments again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have stayed here before and again I found this place very satisfying. Great location, well presented, and it had everything I needed for a great stay. The room I had came with a balcony which just added to the room. I was so easy to get to the MEC just a few minutes. Comes highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne04, Guest Relations Manager at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Thank you for your review.

We are delighted to have welcomed you back to Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, it is our absolute pleasure to have you stay with us. We strive to make you feel right at home during your stay, so we are pleased that you were once again satisfied with your Melbourne Short Stay experience and enjoyed your apartment’s balcony, furnishings and the convenient location.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and for your very kind words. We look forward to your next visit!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We booked this apartment through wotif mystery deal $225 p/night, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. We stayed at Victoria Tower, kavanagh road. The apartment itself had plenty of room for the four of us. The kitchen and bathrooms were a good modern standard. The beds were comfortable. The lounge and dining room furniture were basic, but functional. 6 seater dining room table. A small desk was useful for laptop etc. Kids enjoyed the large lap pool. The closest restaurant is Italian, but don't bother dining there, see my review. These apartments are a good 10 minutes walk to the free melbourne trams that take you all around the city, this didn't bother us, but for some they may wish to be even closer to the city? They are 5 minutes walk to crown casino. On the saturday night we got some street noise (we were on the 17th floor), but that could be solved by closing the windows and if necessary putting on the a/c.

Room Tip: We asked for a room on a high floor with views of MCG, this was good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne04, Guest Relations Manager at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you for your review.

We are pleased to hear you found your apartment provided space and functionality for you and your fellow travellers. Also, that you considered the kitchen and bathrooms to be of a modern standard and that you found our beds to be comfortable. Our Southbank Central location is ideal for those who want to be close to the world-class restaurants, bars, theatres and venues that Southbank and the Crown Entertainment Complex have to offer, while being only a short walk to the Central Business District.

Again, thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you again in the future.
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Additional Information about Melbourne Short Stay Apartments

Address: 187 City Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Southbank
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 109 Specialty lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Melbourne Short Stay Apartments 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make yourself at home... Unlike traditional hotels, our stylish apartments offer all the space and comfort of home. Make the most of your stay in Melbourne by choosing one of our Southbank or CBD apartments. From just $199 per night, Melbourne Short Stay Apartments offers you a range of one, two and three bedroom quality executive style apartments for both the corporate and leisure traveller in a residential tower that gives you a feeling of home. Features include a fully equipped kitchen, separate living/dining area, comfortable bedrooms, laundry and private balcony. Guests have complimentary use of recreational facilities including indoor pool and gymnasium. ... more   less 
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