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Ovolo Laneways

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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed February 16, 2016

Having experienced Pod hotels, New York, we decided to give Ovolo a try. Unfortunately, we were in a room without a window (instead glass bricks about the size of a door). I've never experienced this before (not in Moscow, Hong Kong, old places in France), and felt slightly claustrophobic. Outside was a light that ramped up in brightness to very...

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear 19Sasha68, Thank you for your review. I am so sorry you felt your experienced warranted a 2 star (our first two star in sometime which saddens me). We do have rooms at the back of the hotel which do not have windows but glass bricks instead due to the view to the back of the hotel not being too...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed February 15, 2016

Next time your in Melbourne overnight for busness try the funky little Ovolo Laneways hotel in Little Bourke Street just near Chinatown. One bedroom configuration has separate lounge, workspace, rain shower and separate bedroom with built in luggage area. Pretty funky and everything is free - mini bar, snacks T2 Teas, decent toiletries, iPhone dock (although not adapted for micro...

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear Y7650RZandrews, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is great to hear you loved our funky little property tucked away in Melbournes laneways. It was also lovely to see you enjoyed all the added extras we offer all our guests from the minibar to Apple TV and iPhone docking station which we do have adaptors for micro...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed February 15, 2016

We chose to stay at Ovolo laneways for our wedding weekend and our family also stayed there. We where upgraded on arrival to one of the penthouse apartments which was amazing! The room had two bedrooms two bathrooms and a deck over looking the city. worth the spend and I would book that apartment if we stayed again. This room...

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Dear Katie C, Thank you so much for your awesome review. I am so glad you chose Ovolo Laneways for your special day and that you enjoyed the complimentary upgrade to one of our fabulous top floor suites, your room is especially fun with the boxing bag and gloves to work out on. We do also have another suite with...

Katherine
Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

Just stayed for 2 nights this weekend with my daughter and was pleasantly surprised. Clean, friendly, great location and stocked mini bar all included along with grab and go breakfast. Lift was squeaky but there was a note saying it's being replaced this month🌷

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear VickiKatherine, Thank you so much for your awesome review. Great you enjoyed all the free inclusions during your stay over the weekend. The lifts we are very aware of and they are being replaced very soon, there has been a little delay in delivery but hope to commence in early March. Look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind...

Reviewed February 13, 2016

Room - 1 bedroom is better than the studio. Bathroom in the studio was soooo tiny - no where to place your toiletries Location - Excellent - close to theatres and restaurants Internet - Surprisingly good for free internet Mini-bar - free but quite limited - couple of beers and a couple of white wines, some sodas Breakfast - free...

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Dear Murray H, Thank you for your review. It was lovely to hear you loved the hotels great location and you found the hi-speed Wi-fi exactly that, as a lot of hotels claim free high speed when it is clearly not. Thank you for your feed back in regards to the bathrooms in our studio suites, when they were designed...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed February 13, 2016

We stayed for 3 nights while visiting for the Australian Open tennis & very much enjoyed our stay. I loved the friendly boutique style & character this hotel has, much preferable to a chain hotel to me. The included breakfast was reasonable but could have been improved if there were less sweet offerings & more savoury options plus some fruit....

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear Mia K, Than you for your fantastic review. It was so lovely to hear you enjoyed your three days with us during the tennis, shame the men's final wasn't a little closer though. We do like to be a little different from your run of the mill chain hotels with all the little touches we offer free. Thank you...

Doha, Qatar
Reviewed February 13, 2016

A very small hotel, but with really good service. Don't expect a big lobby with lavish lighting, but do expect a good night's sleep in their amazing bed and the hotel's little quirks. We have booked a studio, but was happily upgraded to a one-bedroom suite. We were welcomed by a loot bag full of sweet and savory treats which...

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear purplemuse, Thank you for your great review.It was so nice to hear you loved our little property so much with all the added extras we offer our guests. I cannot lie we are a little short on space in our lobby but this does work well with the grab and go breakfast we offer, as people tend to pick...

Langley, BC
Reviewed February 12, 2016

Great find, perfectly situated in downtown Melbourne! Charming and helpful front staff. No breakfast room per se but free cocktails between 6 and 8 pm and continental style breakfast in the lobby. Wifi is free. There are free laundry facilities on the second floor. Your in-room fridge is stocked with free drinks and water and you even get a little...

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DavidDoswell, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Dear ladydocBC, Thank you so much for your lovely review. Great to see you enjoyed your first stay with us and that you loved all the free stuff we offer our guests. We do find that the free laundry facilities come in very handy for guests especially our international guests. My sincere apologies in regards to your pillows, I have...

Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for one night on a stop over from Perth to LA. What a shame it was only one night! Absolutely beautiful room with lounge, kitchenette, bathroom and separate workshop. Oops I mean bedroom. Everything included. Minibar and bag of snacks, chips, chocky and lollies. Travel razor and toothbrush. All incl. happy hour and brekky. Just brilliant, I'll be...

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Dear Pete B, Thank you for your fantastic review.I am so glad you loved all the unexpected inclusions and little touches we like to offer all our guests and that you found the rooms so spacious. We look forward to seeing you back soon, hopefully next time you can make a weekend of it. Kind Regards David Doswell

St. John's, Canada
Reviewed February 9, 2016

My husband and I stayed here over our Christmas holiday for one night on our way from New Zealand to Perth. As soon as we arrived I had wished we had booked to stay longer. They staff at the front desk were so lovely and helpful! The hotel is small but beautifully designed. Our room was great! Very clean and...

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Dear scc6, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was great to hear you loved our little funky hotel on your last fleeting visit to Melbourne. Also lovely to hear you found our team at Ovolo laneways so friendly and helpful. Our location I must admit is a real plus being so close to Melbourne free trams and...

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Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Chinatown
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Microwave
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Concierge
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
See the world in colour! Inspired by the hidden laneways and street art that Melbourne is known for, this 43-room boutique hotel is your perfect opportunity to embrace the culture and enjoy effortless living in the heart of the city. Within the unsuspecting charcoal facade is a realm of hidden surprises. Be prepared to be taken on an exciting sensory journey from the dramatic and smart concierge-style reception, through dimly-lit corridors accentuated by brightly coloured doors and illuminated custom artwork, before arriving at the calming and restorative guest rooms. Six distinct room types provide an uncluttered and trendy approach to urban living with seamless integration of the Ovolo touch – all the little things that make effortless living a reality for the modern, tech-savvy traveller. Smart space planning, diverse furniture and joinery components allow guests to reconfigure the rooms to suit their unique purposes. Designed to impress, Ovolo Laneways also features three penthouse suites complete with outdoor rooftop terraces and supercharged offerings. Whether you are travelling as a group or hosting an intimate party, this is the ultimate “rich friend’s house” for your crowd to celebrate or relax against the backdrop of Melbourne city skyline. Situated at the top pocket of Little Bourke Street surrounded by theatres, restaurants and bars, the hotel is literally footsteps away from all that Melbourne has to offer. But really, who needs to go anywhere when your room rate already includes everything? Grab N’ Go breakfast*, Wi-Fi, mini bar, self-service laundry, happy hour*, gym access? – Yep, all free. *only when you book direct on Ovolo Hotels website ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ovolo Laneways

Address: 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Chinatown
Price Range: $145 - $793 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo Laneways 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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“We stayed on the 4th floor - it was so quiet could not hear any noise in the corridor or any street noise”
 of 5 bubbles H2708CFmelissah, 1 week ago | Read review
“good location, clean, simple”
 of 5 bubbles SteveA730, 1 week ago | Read review
“If you get the penthouse then cancel dinner and enjoy.....”
 of 5 bubbles T3334KWjamese, 1 week ago | Read review
“2 bedroom 206 was fine for three ladies”
 of 5 bubbles OakesyWA, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“Studio Rms are compact & their corresponding bathrooms are tight - with a v.small sink - awkward to use when grooming & brushing your teeth.”
 of 5 bubbles RacQue1, Feb 10, 2017 | Read review
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