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“Good Value and Friendly Service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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British Apartments
Ranked #138 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good Value and Friendly Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

For a group of three friends stopping over in Melbourne to watch the tennis, a stay at the British Apartments turned out to be a good choice overall and we would certainly stay there again.

The pros were the price (about $70/pp/pn for 3 people staying in a 1 bed appt), the cleanliness of the apartment, the (relatively) central location and the convenience of being close to a major tram line.

The only cons were the traffic noise (ear plugs recommended) and fact that you have to pick keys up from a location about 5 mins drive away in Carlton. Also, beware - the key pick up office is well-hidden - the actual address is cunningly disguised as a laundrette !
You don't have to take the keys back though when you check out, which I guess was a bit of a bonus.

There was nothing much to see or do around the hotel, but it was only a 10 min ($8) taxi ride to Fitzroy with its' wealth of excellent pubs and restaurants.

The appt. was well equipped with a TV, Dvd player and a little kitchenette. I think that we'd have needed more kitchen equipment for a longer stay ( eg. we couldn't find a chopping board ) but it was fine if you're planning on eating out most of the time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Richard D
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

We got a fantastic deal on the jetstar website for this place, and it was a really good self catering option. The tram stop couldn't be closer, it takes 10 mins or so to get you bang smack in the centre of Melbourne. My only complaint would be the tiny ants that were in the bathroom and along the skirting board next to our bed, we soon forgot about them though. Don't know if they are easy to get rid of however? The studio apartment was stylish and had everything you could need, and dishwashing and washing machine powder were provided daily. It was a quiet location, ideal for a 5 day stay as we did.
Note - make sure you get a myki card from a 7 eleven as you can't jump on the tram until you do - we walked into the city centre on the first day as a result. Not a bad walk if you are active though!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ILoveLombok
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Melbourne Central
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

We found your rooms to be lovely and clean with the added bonus of a dishwasher and washing machine. Great value!! Our only criticism was the lack of a clothes horse to hang wet clothes!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

That was a nice place to stay. Bathroom. bed and kitchen were tidy. The only thing was there were ants around the sink in kitchen as we slept at night even we didn't care. There was thing that need to improve. otherwise, it is comfortable apartment to stay at.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Scarborough, Australia
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Studio apartment spacious enough for a few days. Modern kitchen and bathroom. Small outdoor area ideal for morning coffee. Walking distance to Victoria market (lovely grocery and deli shopping) and even to the city, if you're the active type. Otherwise, the tram is on the doorstep.
Just be aware that the key pick up is closer to the city and if you have luggage, you won't wanna walk it.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Ana_M_Sydney
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

Stayed at Plum Nth Melbourne for 2 nights Oct 2010. Booked a studio apartment and although very small the apartment was close to the city and within walking distance to Errol Street which had a good range of restaurants and shops. There are trams available just around the corner which made getting in/out of the city very easy. The apartment is located close by to Melbourne University, Melbourne Hospital, Victoria Markets and The State Netball and Hockey Centre.
The apartment was clean and tidy and had a small kitchen with table and chairs TV, DVD, iron/ironing board and compact bathroom.
What I didn't like about this apartment was that you have to collect the keys from Plum Carton Apartments (approx 2 klms's away) as there is no reception which makes it hard if you do not have your own transport. I was not aware of this until after I had booked and it was an inconvenience as we were relying on taxi's and public transport.
The apartments are situated on a busy road in North Melbourne and therefore there is a lot of road noise and passers by.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank RoxyACT
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Property: British Apartments
Address: 168 Arden Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Plum Serviced Apartments North Melbourne)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > North Melbourne
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
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Ranked #138 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — British Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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