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“A Great Kensington Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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97 McConnell St | Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria 3031, Australia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 29 Melbourne B&B and Inns
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“A Great Kensington Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

A 'laid back' friendly B & B with a family atmosphere, 2 train stops from the centre of Melbourne. The use of the B & B's train cards was an added bonus and once we had mastered the system we had no problems travelling. The door code system was also great as we could come & go as we pleased. This B&B is also Robena & Peter's 'Town House' so they tend to come and go as they also have a farm to attend to but whilst we were there either one or the other was there. Also we had the added bonus of an invitation to a private dinner party they were holding at which we met their lovely daughter who shared the cooking with Peter. A great evening was had by all! Peter & Robena's son also wandered in from time to time it seems for a meal and catch up on his washing!!! If you want a place to stay where you feel like a guest of the family this is it. Oh, by the way, Robena's homemade Marmalades & Jams on our breakfast toast were great. We are yet to try Peter's complementary bottle of Virgin Olive Oil but we are sure it will be good. Honey is the next on the list. don't be too long in robbing that hive, Peter. Sue & Rob WA

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Hello Sue & Rob. It was a pleasure to have you stay in our home & we enjoyed your Vespa stories. Peter & Benj have robbed the hive, so we now have Kensington honey and our bees have a second box to fill. We’ll have some for your next visit.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Okanagan, BC
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19 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Our consultations with Tripadvisor are usually spot on, but not so this time. The Kensington B&B did not live up to the excellent ratings it was given. It is closer to average.

The good things about the B&B are as follows: it is reasonably priced, it is within easy walking distance to the train station (3-4 blocks), shops and restaurants are close by, it has a pleasing exterior and walkway to the front door, original hardwood and heritage features and the hosts are very friendly and easy to chat with. But the heritage features are somewhat rough around the edges. In the room we were given there were a couple of large cracks in the walls and the walls were rough and mostly bare. The little sofa in the room was uncomfortable and somewhat dirty on the arm rests. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were clean. The towels we were given were also clean but like using cardboard they were so stiff and rough. We had requested the room with a private bathroom. The bathroom was located between the lounge and the kitchen, so we had to walk through the lounge to use it. When people were in the kitchen or lounge you could hear them quite clearly and we suspect they could hear you in the bathroom. Also this bathroom locked from the inside while you were using it but you could not lock the door when you were away. So basically the bathroom was open to the rest of the house while you were away for the day. Not really very private at all.

The atmosphere of the house is communal. There were other guests as well as friends and relatives who were not paying guests of the house coming and going every evening we were there. The owners don't live in the house and seem to come and go with suitcases in hand, too. Everyone used the kitchen for breakfasts and evening meals. Each was responsible to clean up after themselves. It meant things were tidied but it seemed little real cleaning was being done. The toaster, stove top, sink and some areas of the counters were a touch grimy.

There are some positive features to this B&B but the lack of attention to detail and virtually no private bathroom make it an average stay at best.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hello Cindy and Malcolm. We're sorry that you were disappointed during your recent visit. We have taken your feedback onboard.

Thank you for the positive comments about our heritage home. It's age and the local soil conditions mean that movement is still an issue 100 years after being built, so cracks are always opening up.

No one has raised the external bathroom lock before so we'll update out description to make it clear. The downstairs room is next to a private bathroom, so there's no lounge room to navigate, however unfortunately it was booked out during your stay.

We have a regular cleaning schedule and apologise that you found the kitchen not up to standard. We try to be green and our towels (and sheets) are a bit stiffer than hotels, because we dry them on the line, not in a dryer.

Peter and I spend our time between Kensington B&B and our farm in regional Victoria which is why you saw us coming and going.

We hope this clears up your concerns, and wish you had raised them when you were here so we could have made your stay more pleasant.

Enjoy Tasmania, the rest of your travels and some good Aussie dark beer.
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Hobart, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Wanting to make sure of accommodation for the Richard Wagner Festival 2013, we booked ten day's accommodation back in mid-2012. Kensington B&B exceeded our expectations, providing a friendly, sophisticated and comfortable stay close to the Melbourne CBD. Kensington is a really pleasant inner city suburb with a wealth of historical dwellings to delight the eye (and camera). A bonus was just how close it was to Flinders Street Station (seven minutes, if the train doesn't do the City Loop!). Nothing was too much trouble for mein hosts, Peter and Robina, who were there when needed but invisible when solitude was needed. The bedrooms were spotless and well-appointed with WiFi internet and the kitchen and bathrooms were already supplied so you didn't need to bring soap, shampoo, etc. On days "off", it was a great place to relax and read. The Abyssinian restaurant close by was a real bonus.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thanks to your stay with us David & ABC Classic FM we’re now up on all things Wagnerian & Melbourne’s celebrations of ‘The Ring’, glad you enjoyed your time here.
Our family also enjoy dining at The Abyssinian, & given its popularity we now book a table in advance.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We recently used the Kensington B&B for a 3 day stay in Melbourne in October 2013 . It was clean and comfortable. Robena and Peter were great hosts giving useful information when we needed it and welcoming us into their social gatherings in the evening if we felt like a chat whilst at the same time allowing us the freedom to come and go if we wished. The area was very handy to the city centre whilst at the same time very quiet. The breakfast was "help yourself" which meant we could get up when it suited us, there were healthy cereals and some yummy homemade preserves and jams and always a good cup of tea or coffee when we came in. We will be recommending Kensington B&B to our friends when they are looking for somewhere to stay in Melbourne.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we trust you also enjoyed your Great Ocean Road trip.

Cheers
Robena & Peter
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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I had a great stay here, the owners Peter and Robena are welcoming and open but respectful. Very clean, cosy and convenient. The exterior is a charming cottage, while the interior is large and roomy. Close to all local amenities and transport, Kensington has a great selection of cafes and restaurants.

I enjoyed some great meals and conversation, will be back again!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
It was a delight to have you stay with us Zoe. We look forward to your return visits.
Robena & Peter
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Springwood, NSW
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

My most recent stay was the third time I had stayed at the Kenginston B&B, or C&C, and for me it does feel like home away from home. Kensington is a lovely village very close to the CBD of Melbourne; an easy train-ride away. The B&B is clean, comfortable and friendly, and because it is only three rooms, there is never any feeling of being overloaded with guests. The kitchen is great - full of light and all the amenities that one needs; the central heating is a real bonus in Melbourne winters, and our hosts, Peter and Robena, are terrific. I love staying there.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
So pleased our accommodation meets your needs Peta. Thanks for taking the time to let us & other travellers know what a great little part of Melbourne we enjoy in Kensington.
Robena & Peter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

B&Bs generally are harder to come by in Australia than in the UK. My stay at Kensington B&B was brief. After a long flight from the UK I needed a place that was easy to access from the airport and quiet, relaxed and comfortable where I could catch up on some sleep and enjoy a good cup of tea as I needed. Kensington B&B fitted the bill - a lovely home with Robena and Peter as genial hosts once I had surfaced. The location is old Melbourne with charm and easy access to the city by public transport, not always a given in Australian cities. I left with the memento of a little bottle of olive oil produced on the family farm a little up country.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Robena B, Owner at Kensington B&B, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thanks, you’re most welcome back to stay with us on your next visit to Melbourne.
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Address: 97 McConnell St | Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria 3031, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #5 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kensington B&B is best described in the words of our guests...... ‘Thank you so much for allowing me to enjoy such a beautiful home. I have had a wonderful time and you think of everything. I would like to come back again’ Margie, Adelaide SA. ‘Thank you again for a wonderful stay in my little home away from home! See you next year. Cheers’ Karen, Perth WA. ‘What a fantastic place’ Sigrid, Germany. ... more   less 

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