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Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD
97 - 103 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Hotel Formule 1)   |  
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Ranked #103 of 171 hotels in Melbourne
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“Absolute Value for Money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Hotel Ibis Budget ( Formerly Formule 1 Melbourne CBD), 97 – 103, Elizabeth Street, CBD, Melbourne
Talking of Hotel accommodation and that too in heart of Melbourne; the fifth most expensive City in the World. And then in Melbourne, in the CBD and that too on the Elizabeth Street. Look left and you see the Iconic Heritage Building - the GPO. Look right and your eyes get glued to the most beautiful Flinders Station. Rotate your neck 180 degrees and you have Bars, Restaurants, Shopping Malls, Business Centers, Free Tram and Bus Stops, Convenience Stores and what-ever one might want as a Tourist.
So much for the Location of Hotel Ibis (Budget), 97- 103, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne; formerly known as Formule 1 Melbourne CBD.
And all this and much more within AUD 75 – 85 per night. And if you still want 5 star facilities in the Hotel, then you got to rethink.
Most conveniently located, it offers a clean environment, Good Air Conditioning, Comfortable beds, Clean Linen, and a friendly staff at the Reception located on the First Floor. Ground Floor are all Shops/ Showrooms. Internet available on payment at the Reception. Airport Shuttle drop/ Pickup point right at the Hotel doorstep.
The down side - narrow dark corridors, small room with a small WC cubicle, even smaller cubicle shower and a Wash Basin which is just outside the Shower but in the room with a Curtained partition. Quarter Table and a chair. Bunk bed as third bed. No Telephone. No closet. No pegs for hanging clothes either. Practically no view. No parking. No in house restaurant except Breakfast that can be ordered in advance. But then, they say all this on their website; so no one can claim that they have been short-changed.
The location, price band and the good points mentioned above make it absolute Value for Money. Please do not expect more at this price any-where. Overall, Hotel Ibis Budget is a definite Value for money.
Sandeep Gupta.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Sadly, I had a disappointing stay at the Ibis Budget Hotel.

The beds are comfortable and the receptionist (I can't remember her name) when I checked in to the hotel was the only friendly one there for this stay, as the guy there looks at you as if you are stupid and a different girl was very rude.

When I went to use the esculator to get to the second floor for my room the esculator doors were very quick closing and slammed into my shoulder and elbow, which then became very sore. Fortunately, I am still young, but if this was to happen to someone much older then it could have been seriously hurtful for them, and could have easily injured them their arms and shoulders.

The rooms are very small and crowded. Don't know why they had windows in my room as they had some sheet of dark glued on to them so you couldn't look out, or open, the windows. Felt like I was in a prison cell-locked away from the outside world. The walls aren't clean-cobwebs and stains. I had stayed here for more than night in my room and not once when housekeeping made the bed and changed the towels did they remove the cobwebs and stains. It seems all they did was made the bed and changed the bath towels when needed.

The toilet is in a closet. The bathroom is way too small! The shower is in a small corner and when you walk out the bathroom sink is right against the shower glass-and that's all the space you have for the bathroom! There was no where to hang the bath towels, no hand towels or flannels were given (as there was no space for them anyway). The bathroom sink is way too shallow! So it was hard for rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth.

Breakfast is only available from 7am, and won't do boxed packed breakfasts for you. So having to leave the hotel by 7am for day tours, meant I had to find my own way of getting breakfast each morning. THERE ARE NO FRIDGES IN THE ROOM! This was a real nuisance as coming back late from day tours, I then had to spent the night trying to buy something for breakfast the next morning which doesn't need to be kept in the fridge. When I told reception about needing a fridge, I was then informed of their communal fridge (which I was never informed of before). So that was no help.

I wouldn't like to stay at this hotel again. Only a couple of the reception staff are friendly and the rest are far from it. The rooms need a good cleaning and a fridge! I think this hotel is only good 1 night last minute stays, not long stays.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Ibis Budget is very centrally located to just about everything in the city - we found it perfect for walking down to the river for breakfast each morning.

We stayed 5 nights, myself and my partner, on the top floor as requested (I love when a hotel accomodates your requests) and our comfy bed was made each day with 3 new towels (always good to have a spare!) The bathroom was not an issue to us for privacy, however we did have some problems with the shower temperature - struggled to find a happy medium - but not really a bother to us. The window blind facing the front of the hotel had a broken latch, and so we were woken with a lot of sun each morning - again not a real problem for us, but some people do like to sleep in when on holiday!

In regards to baggage storage after checkout, they have lockers you can hire for up to 12 hours for $5. Some people will say that's ridiculous, but we fit 2 very big suitcases in one locker so they are a very decent size! and we knew they were secure there so we didn't mind.

Overall a great stay at Ibis Budget, especially when you factor in the price you pay.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Expectedly not much service for the price i paid i.e needing to pay to store luggage when checking out, towels weren't enough and lack of phone meaning you need to go down yourself to get it, room wasn't tidied during stay. but overall good value and very convenient to get around. Good for people who just want a decent place to stay at night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

We Stayed in quad room for 4nights at end of Jan2013.
1. The location was strategic where the access to most tram was very near (right at the corner). This hotel was located at the heart of CBD, where most restaurant and 7-e were nearby
2. We were allowed to have an early check in (11am), the receptionist was helpful and kind enough to tell us where to get the drinking water and the access to kitchen facilities
3. The room was basic, with a section for sink& standing bathroom, and another small room for lavatory. Nevertheless, with the price offered (which similar to price offered by hostel),the flat screen tv and the desk were an extra bonus to the customer.
4. The bed was comfy, had deep sleep every nights of my stay
5. Air cond and heater were working well

Overall, generally was a great and pleasant stay, will recommend to friends and family

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mildura, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Great place to stay, within easy walking distance to main attractions. I liked that the hotel is very close to Flinders station so it was very easy to get to the hotel with our suitcases. Room was very clean and staff were very helpful. Would definitely stay there again

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 97 - 103 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Hotel Formule 1)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Melbourne
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