The two sets of double-glazed windows cut out most of the noise from nearby traffic and trams - enough for most people to sleep ok. But the tradeoff is that with the windows closed, the suite became very stuffy and we had to use the air-conditioner. The absence of fresh air flow was very unpleasant, and reliance on the AC undermines the Hotel's 'green' credibility. A night of AC with no fresh air ensured that 'hung over' feeling the next morning. A filtered air exchange system would solve the problem. With the windows open, my suite had such incredibly loud noise from the trams as to remind me of the related scene from The Blues Brothers. The tram noise was extreme and included vibration. Maybe other suites were less effected. My suite faced an adjacent building and the noise was channelled down the narrow corridor between them.
On the up-side, the location is very convenient, the bed was great, the linen very comfortable and high quality, the restaurant was good but the menu was small and not particularly 'green' (mostly carnivorous), and the decor was pleasant. Staff were friendly and efficient. The water-saving shower rose gave a great shower due to its wide coverage. Towels were very plush and effective. If the noise / ventilation problem wasn't an issue, I'd likely be a return customer.
- Also Known As:
- Alto Hotel Melbourne
- Alto Bourke
- 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, smokers lounge & wifi internet. ... more less
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