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Hotel Sophia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   277 King Street | Box 14116, Melbourne, Victoria 8001, Australia   |  
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Ranked #131 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Perth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Twits”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We called to make a booking because that's what their website said to so. The staff member had NO IDEA and directed us to book online. So we figured it out and did.

Then the confirmation emails were wrong. So we called again to sort it out. In the end the staff member cancelled our booking because it was "all too hard".

I know it's budget accommodation but seriously what an incompetent bunch of twits.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Hotel Sophia Melbourne first impression to my family members (3 of us) was just an ordinary budget Hotel by judgment from its outside appearance. Upon arrival at this Hotel, we found that the Hotel Room was indeed tidy and clean, and without any complaint whatsover. We put up in this Hotel for 3 Nights, and was awarded with good sleep. Not only of its cleanliness, we found that the Hotel is really convenient and well located within walking distance to China Town (We loved to visit China Town in different cities of this World to look at their life styles) and CBD, Melbourne. Should you wish to enjoy free transport (ie free Circle-line Tram within CBD) to hop on and hop off to enjoy the sceneries, the Tram Station is just about 30 feet from the Hotel. The Hotel indeed can be graded as Good City Accommodation as shown in the Hotel Logo. The Room came with breakfast which you will not expect from a budge Hotel.......Cheers

Room Tip: Always request for higher floor to enjoy better sleep.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is my second time staying at the Hotel Sophia. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the Melbourne CBD and very close to the King Street stop for the free circle-line tram. The standard room is of average size, the bed comfortable and the provision of a mini-fridge and kettle is great. The hotel is reasonably priced. The inclusion of breakfast is a bonus, with options including 4 cereals, numerous types of bread for toasting, eggs and bacon, and fruit/yoghurt if you get up early enough. Whilst the walls are thin and most rooms get street noise, for the price you really can't go wrong.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Room was clean and tidy that is the best it gets, all down hill from here.Bed or should i say beds squashed together were like sleeping on concrete as for the pillows they matched the bed so much so on the last night of a three day nightmare we rolled up the dressing gowns to use as pillows.Now on to the breakfast except for green tea and coffee we had to get our supply of English tea off of the house keeping trolley to take with us each morning . empty serving trays and or cold food greeted us each morning very unappetizing no staff except for a (very rude and unapproachable)kitchen hand to be seen anywhere cleaning used tables or checking dining room food supplies.we certainly got what we paid for $99.00 per night special. As for their 4 star rating somebody must of been paid off to get it i would say 3 star would be an over-rating in my book has to be the worst place we have stayed ever.

Room Tip: do not stay in room 208 no view except industrial outlook, window is locked shut and guest laundry i...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect, had the room with shared bathroom and breakfast included. Pleasantly surprised, room was reasonably big and clean, the little extras like coffee bags instead of instant and decent toiletries were great. The shared bathroom was clean and was less inconvenient than expected. Breakfast was pretty good considering we only paid $99 for room.
Down side was that our room was one level up from the road and being an old or heritage building the big glass windows weren't double glazed ( I'm assuming ) because you could hear a lot street noise. And each time we had to wait for someone to come to front desk for quite a while when checking in and out which seemed like they were under staffed.But that was pretty much it. Good for one or two nights if your going to be out and about for the day.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stayed at Sophia in February 2014.
I had previously read some of the mixed reviews and was unsure whether booking this place was a good idea.
I was, however, pleasantly surprised by standard and value.
This is an inner city hotel at country rates.
The staff were friendly and attentive.
The included breakfast was good, and the attached bar served good cheap meals.
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

By reading the reviews you could be forgiven for thinking you are going to stay in hell, but it is not that at all.

Yes - service is thin on the ground. But if you expect it and show some patience, it's fine. Not having a hotel full of staff means the costs are lower. They were always friendly and professional.

Don't be fooled by exterior of hotel. I was worried but thankfully the saying don't judge a book by its cover is true!

The room was fine. It could do with a coat of paint, but bed was comfy, decent size, robes, coffee pod machine, plenty of towels, desk, tv with Foxtel. It had all the inclusions and more than you get at other hotels (I'm looking at you Tune!).

It was a decent size and bathroom was good. It was clean, well presented and had chocolates on the pillow. Breakfast was included each morning which is a bonus. You won't be astounded by the choices of breakfast but hey, look at the price you are paying!! I never had any issue with the hot food running out as others had and I was there for three days.

I had low expectations going in, and left happy. It was an amazing price and it over delivered. Thank you Hotel Sophia!

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel Sophia

Address: 277 King Street | Box 14116, Melbourne, Victoria 8001, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#103 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sophia 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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