The price for this place is a bit lower than some, but I relocated after 1 night and found far nicer hotels just a few bucks more. The IBIS around the corner is FAR, FAR nicer and looks safer - no double locks on doors just to get in the breakfast room for instance and guests are way more upbeat and upscale.
The hotel itself is OK I suppose for a boot-camp sort of place, no-frills is being overly generous, but it is VERY VERY worn out, it's an old building converted into something it was never designed for. The sounds between rooms are clearly heard, talking, snoring even, the people in the place are all unhappy, one Asian man told me he had seen bugs and asked if I had, I was more concerned about the banging and crashing from the room upstairs. The carpets are stained, the sheets looked clean, the AC was crappy and its remote was caked with dirt, the toilet didnt look dirty but it did stink. I saw the same woman carrying toilet rolls to her room 3 times in a less than 10 hour stay. She said she had caught something.
The breakfast was kind of bland, but it's all very cheaply done. Everything is a cut corner, it's a bad area of downtown, hence double locks on all doors from the lobby. The staff do NOT smile.
The real problem with this place is the manager who cannot be spoken to or found, and the front desk staff who argue with you till you are blind in the face... I had asked to be moved to a different room and got a faceful. I could pay more for upgrades or they wouldn't move me. They ask for upgrade fees, but remember this is a run down place with banners outside offering souvlaki and a beer for 12 bucks, it's not a Fairmont - the upgrade fee is for the same room with no noise it turns out because it's the top floor - that's a rip off but shows you they are well aware of the noise problems - look at the other reviews too. I told them it was impossible to sleep, she didn't care, refused to speak to the people in the room, I asked to speak to the manager, and she wasn't going to let that happen either so I asked for my money back. Fortunately I had booked with booking.com I called them, after talking to the woman at front desk they immediately changed the reservation to 1 night instead of 3 - as it sounded like they were going to rip me off. As soon as that happened, I was packing to leave, on checking out, the woman suddenly says she has to call her manager to "make sure it's ok" you recall the one who was no where to be found, and miraculously she found him and they faithfully promised to refund the money. The fire alarm had been ringing aloud all night long and the repair man had arrived... The place is a joke that is falling apart.
They had had full payment for the 3 nights from me for over 2 months, it took repeated calls from booking.com to get the refund from them. Without booking.com I think these guys whould have ripped me off.
So I have stayed in many hotels, this was looks like you could stay a few days, but it really is a boot-camp type of place in looks, attitude and cleanliness. But it's the attitude that makes you realize that this is NOT a place nice people stay. If you like noise, being ripped off, crap food that some had said made them ill, all wrapped up in the low end strip club area near the rail station then go right ahead. Maybe all that with a stinking toilet and ill people around is what you wish for on vacation.
If you find any bugs like the Asian guy then maybe call health and safety - after all in Australia, they do have some strange creatures...
I am so glad I left. Unfortunately, when I think of Melbourne now, I can smell that toilet in the room and see the grimly lit room ( the hotel pics of a warm room are not what you find, all the white painted surfaces are grey and grimy, the lighting is harsh - low energy lights so it all looks cold, everything is worn out from carpet to chairs, don't believe the pics) and all the unhappy people wandering around in there - kind of distorts what the city really is about.
If you hate someone really bad and they ask where to stay in Melbourne, then maybe do it. Otherwise learn from other's mistakes. It's a dump at any price. Sleeping in the rail station certainly would have more class.
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