After our unpleasant surprise at the Hotel Charsfield (see my other review), we moved on to the Seasons Heritage on St. Kilda Road. This is on the corner of Beatrice, putting it about an hour walk to downtown Melbourne/Federation Square - it is different from the Seasons Botanic Gardens, which is closer to town. Not wanting to take the sometimes crowded, sometimes dirty tram, we got two hours of exercise a day, and saved a good $150 in cab fares during our 7 days at the hotel. As for the hotel, we were on the 9th floor the first day, then shifted up to the 12th floor for the remainder - both large one bedroom apartments with separate living room, bedroom, kitchenette, and bathroom. The room was $129 most nights, but jumped to $169 for Friday night. For each 24 hour day of Internet service, you have to pay an additional $15 - which is ridiculous in this day and age. Any four to five star hotel should provide this service for free. All hotel staff we encountered were gracious, pleasant, professional, helpful, and welcoming - exactly what one would expect. The gym was pretty good: clean, well-lit, warm, a few treadmills, but also great equipment (LifeStyle, if I remember right) including a bench that can adjust for shoulder, chest, and incline chest; a leg curl; a pull down; and a second large piece that could be used for many other exercises, including cable chest flys. There were two pieces of free dumbbell weights here - helpful only if the weight is right for you. As for our room - beautiful panoramic view from the 12th floor of the bay, blocked partially or fully depending upon what lower floor you land on. Sadly, sitting table and 2 wooden chairs were scuffed, white walls were scuffed, large piece holding TV was scuffed - it was as if the room had been through a party that no one fully cleaned up. We didn't use the kitchenette, which was fine but probably would be very small and tight if more than one person planned to cook - rooms are designed for 2 people, serving guests for dinner would be uncomfortably tight. While the shower was modern, it's one that is clear glass on one side and partly open (no door), so no matter what you do, when you shower, water will get all over the bathroom floor, which is annoying to have to clean up after each shower. Housekeeping did a good job cleaning the room, but outside windows were dirty, and the whole experience felt like it needed some TLC that wouldn't be coming anytime soon. The downstairs restaurant cost $17 for continental breakfast, and we only got a small danish or two by the time we arrived at 9:45 - and were told after we paid that no more danish would be coming (though we made up for that with cereal, a nice fruit salad, and other items). For dinner, they had candlelight and soft romantic jazz music playing when we passed in the lobby, so we decided to eat there. Shortly after we arrived, someone turned up the lights slightly and switched to (of all things) hip hop music, so we didn't even get the dining experience we were expecting - though the food was good. In sum, Seasons Heritage was neither the best hotel experience nor the worst. For the mostly reasonable (for Melbourne) room price they charge, we were willing to put up with the aspects of it that were not up to full professional standards. If you go into this with the same attitude, you should be pleased with your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The apartment hotel is suited on the southern end of St Kilda Road across from Wesley College and walking distance to Albert Park Lake and Alfred Hospital. It combines the old world charm of a restored heritage listed mansion with a modern contemporary apartment wing. Guests have a choice of standard rooms and self contained one, two and three bedroom apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seasons Heritage Melbourne Hotel Melbourne