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.
- 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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