If you are looking for well located budget accomodation in Melbourne, you cant go past this hotel. The rooms are plain, basic but comfortable and importantly, very clean. The bed is comfortable, pillows average and towels are the small kind. There are no hairdryers, irons or ironing boards in the rooms but when I called down to reception, a hair dryer was delivered to my room before I could blink! There are also communal ironing rooms/laundry.
It is a large rambling building with a very pretty facade with endless corridors and some stairs so it does take a little time to find your way around. There is also some free off-street parking but of you miss out on those spots you can park on the side of Church Street opposite the hotel where there are no meters/time limits. So few inner city hotels have free parking so this is a big plus as I drive in from the country.
The staff are great -- very friendly and better service than you get in most 4+ stars.
Breakfast is served in a large room that spills out on to the attractive ground floor terrace. It's a very generous continental breakfast with cereals, juice, tinned fruit, a selection of bread for toast, waffles, tea and coffee. There is a choice of spreads and if you look carefully, you will find a treasure like Yackandandah Raspberry jam. Yumm!
Location is great with a tram stop almost outside. On this tram you can go south to trendy Chapel Street or north to bridge road for outlet shopping or a few minutes further north, Victoria Street - home to a gazillion Vietnamese restaurants and food stores. I walked a few minutes down the hill and had a lovely dinner in a French restaurant in Swan Street. On Swan Street you can also catch a tram direct to the heart of the city - only about 10 minutes away.
I thought it was excellent value for money.
Ask for a room at the rear of the property if you are sensitive to traffic noise - Church Street is...
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