From the moment we walked in to the beautiful lobby, we knew we'd made the right choice deciding to stay here. The lovely old building has been renovated and refurbished with a great deal of care and attention to detail.(Love the black and white photo's of Melbourne by Matt Irwin). Every member of staff we had contact with were helpful and friendly and it was particulrly refreshing to see Gary, the general manager, at frequent occasions around the hotel. Usually, the manager of a hotel is just a name on the hotel information left in your bedroom!
We had a studio room and found it very comfortable, even with 2 large suitcases for a 21 day trip, there was plenty of room. We got a quiet room, as requested, which looked out onto the alley next to the hotel. The attention to detail was evident in our room; comfy bed, well equipped kitchenette and even an umberella in the wardrobe, which unfortunately we needed!
As the hotel is in the CBD, when all the office workers have gone home, it's a nice quiet area. That doesn't mean it's 'cut off'. The hotel staff have compiled a list of their favourite eateries in the area, all within walking distance, and there are plenty to choose from. However, as it was raining heavily the evening we arrived, we decided to eat in the small hotel restaurant. We weren't disappointed, I knew we were on to a winner when I saw the open kitchen and the chef preparing fresh ingredients, we had a really good meal, I particularly liked the beautifully cooked Barramundi.
The breakfast buffet is excellent, with a good choice of fruit, cereals, morning goods (croissants etc.) and breads for toast. The breakfast menu is superb, and again you can see in the kitchen and see your order being freshly prepared.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel, and hope to return one day.