Stayed at the Alto in March 2013 , in total we had four people two married adult couples and decided to look for accommodation which could cater as such ,they had a two bedroom apartment on offer which seemed to suit our needs . You are always a bit wary when trying a new hotel, but wary not, this place turned out to be brilliant.
The location is ideal, just a short walk from the depot at Southern Cross where the sky shuttle delivers you from the airport. The tram for getting into central Melbourne is just outside the front of the hotel and going the opposite way takes you to St Kilda terrific. Our arrival was met by one of the many happy staff, with a sense of humor to boot, nothing was to much trouble, so far so good.
The room we had more than catered for our needs with facilities for making your own meals and still big enough to lounge around. But the really good part was the beds possibly the most comfortable i have ever slept on in Melbourne , the week that we arrived was almost a heat wave , but the air conditioning throughout was so good and so effective, and so welcome.
They have a green policy which encourages recycling and most of the buildings electricity is run on wind power and encouraged all types of energy saving devises without scrimping on your overall comfort. I would recommend using Coles for any food items you need , this is located at Southern Cross station, you can obtain alcohol at Coles as well, some of the other shops close by can be a bit more expensive
I cannot vouch for the other double or single rooms but I would think they are just as good if not similar to the quality of the apartment room we had , cost wise it is very competitive with other hotels in fact we found this to be cheaper, you will not be disappointed with the staff or the location.
I look forward to returning to stay here again in the future