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Alto Hotel on Bourke
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   636 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 171 hotels in Melbourne
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13 hotel reviews
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“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My husband and I, together with 2 NZ friends departed the Alto Hotel this morning after 10 nights in a 2 bed/2 bathroom loft appt.
The minute we walked into the room - we felt very comfortable as it was spotless with lovely modern decor. I loved the plantation shutters instead of curtains.
The beds were sooooooo comfortable. The kitchenette was great with microwave, oven etc.
There were 3 air conditioners/heaters altogether.
The front deck were extremely helpful - we appreciated the free apples, hot chocolates,newspapers and the wifi connecton for our ipad and iphones.
The library was in a very cosy settling downstairs.
The parking was around the corner. The trams were a few doors away in Bourke St.
Spencer St station and skybus terminal are half a block away.
There is a Coles supermarket just up from the Sky bus terminal and a small convenience store around the corner.
We ended up having a meal at the restaurant one evening - it was very nice ( comparable price with the other restaurants we went to) and so handy.
The rooms could have been just a little larger - and the washing machine/dryer wasn't all that easy to operate.The 2nd bedroom has a skylight and no window.
I would highly recommend this hotel. We look forward to staying again when we next visit Melbourne

Room Tip: we were in an appt on the 4th floor- at the back of the Hotel - fairly quiet
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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37 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 4 days and had a great stay in one of their apartment rooms. The hotel is very long and skinny so you are soon back and away from the noisy city road outside. The room would still be quiet as the double glazing is excellent at keeping city noises out (except for rubbish trucks collecting bottle bins at 3am!!). But the room was great and spacious, the bed very comfortable, 2 TV's, a great shower, and a great basic kitchen.

If there was a complaint, there were no shelves in the bathroom for washbags and travel stuff, plus there were no drawers for putting away clothes. But they are very minor gripes. We also arrived by the Skybus from the airport and the hotel is only a 2-3 minute walk from the bus terminal - couldn't be better when arriving tired and hungry.

The front desk was very helpful with directions, maps and advice. Don't expect typical hotel services, large entrance halls, etc. This is a small boutique hotel, very clean, and very comfortable. I would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My daughter and I stayed 6 nights at the Alto on Bourke last month. It was a graduation / 21st present for her and a shopping trip that was well overdue. We chose the Alto via the internet and it lived up to everything we expected. We stayed in a one bedroom spa apartment on the fourth floor that was spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The staff at the Alto are very friendly and willing to go above and beyond for you, including tracking down a lost article of clothing accidently put out with the hotel laundry! The dining / lounge area is very inviting and great to relax in when your exhausted from all that sight seeing and shopping. The hotel is in a great location from the Skybus with just an easy stroll down the road with your luggage. Easy access to City Cirlce tram too. We had dinner in the restaurant one night that was most enjoyable and the service was faultless. All in all I would highly recommend the Alto on Bourke for your stay in Melbourne CBD, I didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back :-)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Just stayed overnigjt but we will definately be back! Room was excellent, all staff could not be more helpful, some other hotels could take lessons from their front office guys, breakfast was great & suited my "weight watchers" needs to my husnands just givr me an Aussie breakie !!!!. We were close to everywhere & would highly recommend the Alto to anyone for a short or longterm break

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We have stayed here twice and had a nice experience both times. Its a single door entrance into quite a tight space, nothing like grant entrances and luxurious lobbies. Small lift takes you up to your room via narrow corridors. This place has a lovely feel to it despite the limited space.
The room is quite good, has a small kitchen sink and bench, basic facilities, no cooking. Small but comfortable bathroom. Clean. The windows must be double glazed because there was no noise so we slept really well both times. Its located away from the city's main streets which is nice if you want some peace but it does mean a rather long walk up hill or taxi/tram ride to get into the actual city centre. It is however a great location if you want to be near Docklands, Southern Cross station and DFO for shopping. Not very impressed with the breakfast but their service at this hotel was great. Its the most environmentally friendly hotel I've ever stayed at, well done! Overall very happy. Well worth a look

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is a wonderful hotel with a great location. The rooms are clean and very well furnished. My room even had a sink that was very convenient for making tea or coffee. They even give you cookies. The staff is very helpful. The location is perfect if you have just completed a long flight. You take the shuttle from the airport. You are dropped off at the train station in the central business district. You exit the station (follow the Bourke St sign), cross the street, and walk half a block to the hotel. There is even a tram stop within a few steps walk. The included breakfast was very good with fine service and selection.

Room Tip: Probably rooms away from Bourke St would the quietest.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This is a little gem. Clean rooms, quiet, and comfortable. Clost stroll to the river walk and shops, close to train station. Overall this is bett than I anticipated with free wifi, breakfast included and a bar. All good.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 636 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#6 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Melbourne
#9 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Alto Hotel on Bourke 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melbourne's multi-award winning 4 star eco-friendly boutique apartment hotel that is Carbon Neutral, Green Star and Green Globe accredited.Located in the centre of Melbourne city within a 2 minute walk of the airport shuttle bus, shopping, tram stops & train station. Easy walk to major attractions. Features include rooms, studios & apartments, restaurant & bar, library & book exchange with complimentary espresso coffee, car parking, gym access, massage room & free wifi internet. ... more   less 
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