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“Excellent family accommodation near the city” 5 of 5 stars
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Quest on Dorcas
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in South Melbourne
Moama, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent family accommodation near the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed here Saturday 23 March so that we could participate in a fun run on Sunday morning. We booked quite early online, and requested a week or so later a late checkout so we could shower after our run. It couldnt be guaranteed, but we were asked to make contact closer to the date. We did this and a late checkout was available. It cost no extra. We were very grateful for this - so thanks guys!!
The rooms are new and well appointed. We have 3 kids, and one slept on the couch as there was no rollaway bed. This was no problem for us, and I'm sure if we had asked at reception for an extra bed it would have been provided. Staff here are great. Much much much better than some other apartment accomm nearby.
Tram stop is very close, there's a small bottle shop and coffee shop next door, and a couple of small supermarkets within about 200 metres. Parking and access is easy. I strongly reccommend this Quest for family travellers to Melbourne. Its quiet but safe at night, and so close to the city.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Lauren B, Manager at Quest on Dorcas, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear touring-plonkies

Thank you for choosing Quest on Dorcas and taking the time to provide a review of our property. Thank you for your kind words it is always appreciated and the whole team were thrilled with your lovely comment about them.

As we are a small property we cannot always provide a late check-out but I’m so glad we could on this occasion.

Please feel free to contact Reception on your next stay and we will certainly be able to have a rollaway bed ready for your arrival.

Thank you again and we look forwarding to see you soon.

Kind regards
Lauren Berry
Property Manager
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I've stayed here a few times on business trips. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are spacious and well appointed and the location just south of the city centre and a short walk from the botanical garden is ideal. 

A tram stop is located less than 100m from the hotel, which provides access to all areas of the city. The hotel does not provide breakfast but there are numerous  cafes on Dorcas street. 

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Lauren B, Manager at Quest on Dorcas, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hi Darren

Thank you for your lovely review, it is always a pleasure having you stay with us. It's fantastic to hear that the staff are welcoming and helpful, I will ensure this is passed onto them.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon and you'll hopefully get to sample a few more of the great cafes nearby.

Best wishes
Lauren Berry
Property Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Stayed for a week in December for work in South Melbourne.
Great location just off St Kilda Road and opposite the Botanic gardens.

Hotel check-in is quick and easy and being a serviced apartment, I didn't really see reception again until I checked out.
Apartment was fairly large for a one-bedder. Had a huge study area (bit of silly design - way too much space) and well equipped kitchen, laundry etc.
Furnished in a clean, modern style and all in great condition.

Large comfy bed for a good night sleep and good water pressure in the shower.

Hotel has a gym but I didn't see it. Hotel has internet, but not free. Internet rates were ok.

There are cafes and a bottle-shop on the same street, and the tram stop is under 50m away.

All in all a great stay for the week and perfect for my stay for work.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lauren B, Manager at Quest on Dorcas, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear sydney_CJ

Thank you for your feedback, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that check-in was quick and easy. If you ever do need assistance from Reception please feel free to pop in as the Reception team will be more than happy to assist.

The study alcove in our One Bedroom Executive apartment is quite large and works well for long stays as it provides space for additional storage and also additional bedding. If you don't need this additional space, I could recommend the One Bedroom Standard apartment which doesn't have a study alcove but is still quite spacious.

Hopefully next time you will get a chance to view our gymnasium as it has a beautiful view of the Royal Botanic Gardens, however many of our guests do also enjoy the tan track.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards

Lauren Berry
Property Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We had a one bed apt that was well equipped, modern and clean. Comfy beds but hard pillows and no free WiFi, which in this day and age is not good. Even though we were on the 8th floor, our outdoor area faced a brick wall, so we had no view and it made the apt quite dark. The tram is at the end of the street and we found he location to be ideal for our needs. The botanic gardens are just across the road. It is a 10 minute walk to south-bank or a short tram ride to Swanston Street.
Staff were pleasant and helpful and we would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lauren B, Manager at Quest on Dorcas, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Heg

Thank you for your review and recent stay at Quest on Dorcas. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and since your review I have requested that our Housekeeping team check on all pillows, if you stay with us again please feel free to let Reception know and we will happily replace.

At this point in time we do need to charge for our Internet, but I appreciate your feedback and have passed onto the Director for review of our Internet policy.

Unfortunately from our One Bedroom apartments (8th & 9th floors), there isn't any views, however we would love to recommend our One Bedroom Executive apartment for your next stay which are from the 10th floor, some with amazing views of the city.

It is excellent having the tram so close and it is lovely to hear the staff were helpful, they always enjoy sharing their local knowledge.

I look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best wishes

Lauren Berry
Property Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

A modern, clean apartment hotel, well-located to visit Botanic Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and the National Gallery of Victoria. The rooms are well-appointed including a kitchenette with dishwasher. Two bedroom apartments comfortably fit two couples and we easily got parking right out the front (free in weekends). A no-fuss stay in a convenient location at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I felt compelled to leave a review for this Hotel/Apartment because I was so pleased with it.

Not only was the Hotel in a fantastic location with the beautiful Botanic Gardens at the end of the street for morning strolls (were you could also jump on a horse drawn carriage to tour the massive gardens or jump on a Tram and be in the heart of Melbourne CBD in just a couple of minutes), the staff were also very friendly, helpful and accommodating.
I thought I would mention that here is a fantastic little coffee shop a couple of doors down who make an awesome brew and a delicious snack also! (unfortunately they do not open on Sundays though) and there is a little bottle shop downstairs which I found convenient. :)

The self contained apartment I stayed in for 4 days was very quiet, comfortable, clean and well equipped. In fact the only 3 things I could fault it on was that firstly the shower badly lacked racks for your shower things. It only had one small soap holder so I had to put all my shampoo;s, cleansers etc on the floor of the shower.
Secondly, I would put a mark against the Hotel for not offering free, or for that matter ANY, wireless internet access.... it is 2012 after all and I am sure if McDonald's can cater to the needs of their customers than Quest can also.
Lastly, while the bed was very comfortable, I was disappointed with their pillows which were very flat and ended up giving me a sore neck but apart from these few let-downs, I would give this Hotel my full approval to any disconcerting traveller.... just take your own pillow, shower rack and internet! lol

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

If you are looking to for a place to stay where you are accessible to everything, then this is the place to be. It was seriously the best!! The rooms were clean and of modern standard with fantastic city views and the apartments have everything you need. Even down to the minor little details of them leaving biscuits free of charge to have with your coffee was so awesome. The location was superb. It is 100m off St Kilda road, which means you are accessible to St Kilda, Chapel Street, and the CBD right at your door step. The trams leave right out the front pretty much. It is a short 10 minute walk to Southbank and the Crown casino and a 5 minute tram to the city. It also has an IAG and a Foodworks 100m around each corner and a bottle store right next door. This property does not have a restaurant or cafe however there is 3 that surround the property. As for the staff, they were absolutely fantastic. We were visiting from Queensland and didnt know too much. They recommended places to eat, made our dinner reservations, booked us taxis and were soooooo helpful!!! WE will be back here again for sure. Love it! ....and best of all it was great value for money!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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: 8 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Port Phillip > South Melbourne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in South Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Quest on Dorcas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly located within metres of the Royal Botanic Gardens and adjacent to St Kilda Road, Quest on Dorcas offers sophisticated 4½ star one and two bedroom apartments, just 1.5 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. It's quiet position is convenient for public transport, nearby cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants of Clarendon Street, and a short walk to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Crown Casino and Southgate. All 49 newly refurbished apartments are non-smoking, stylishly appointed and feature separate lounge and dining area, two televisions and balcony. The property boasts a gymnasium, liquor store, cafe, security access and undercover parking. ... more   less 
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