We began with a taxi at the airport, late in the evening, and directed the driver to the Causeway Hotel. No problem, the driver knew it. Well, it turns out there are three Causeway Hotels, and we were dropped at the wrong one. After wandering down Little Collins St, we found the second one. Wrong again. Another 10 minutes of dragging cases, we found the right one, "353" down a slightly intimidating laneway with the curious name "Equitable Place". Just as well it wasn't raining.
At least the facade and entrance looked very modern and so was the foyer. Two very pleasant and helpful receptionists had us checked in within a minute. (No queue at this late hour.) Three shiny new elevators were immediately available opposite the desk. Neatly secure from anyone without a door key card.
After a brief struggle with heavy spring on the door, we found a new and clean but rather small room. The decor was entitely black, white and glass with a hint of brown in the carpet. The art work looked like neatly framed wallpaper. Bed had a thick mattress, but still rather firm. All the usual features including A/C, coffee/tea facilities (but only UHT milk), fridge, mini bar, safe, internet socket or WiFi (not free), hairdryer, plus a microwave and iron and board. Nice big LCD TV with FTA and cable channels, but analog not digital. The lighting is quite good, but the bed reading lamps are not adjustable.
Not much view from the windows. Top floor (9) and those on the street may have some city views.
Bright new finish, this time in grey, white and glass. Plenty of water pressure (hot and cold), but the shower temp. is tricky to adjust at first because the mixer tap is a long way from the shower head. Would have liked another, wider towel rail.
Noise at night.
Absolutely none. Brilliant for a CBD hotel.
Down in the basement is a large dining area looking a bit like kitchen in a detention centre. But a quite adequate light buffet breakfast is on offer. If you arrive late, you may have to wait while empty serving trays are refilled. Neat auto coffee machine. If you want milk in your coffee, press "Latte" not "Capp". For an extra $6.50 you can have a cooked breakfast. (As this place has 142 rooms, the breakfast area is quite busy.)
Small computer room with a printer, a gymnasium, laundry and room service is available. Free newspaper delivered every morning. No on-site car parking or valet service. A Wilson car park is down the street.
Very central. Close to Elizabeth St. trams. Lots of little restaurants down arcades and laneways. Try Block Place and Royal Arcade. Also check out the Block Arcade during the day.
Equitable Place is more lively during week days as it is lined with small clothing shops and cafes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the most popular 4 star hotels in Melbourne CBD, Causeway 353 Hotel is ideally located on Little Collins Street. Close to shopping and the corporate offices, the hotel is equally accommodating to both leisure and corporate visitors alike.Positioned amongst an extensive array of international eateries, cafes and quirky shops, Causeway 353 Hotel offers you an opportunity to experience the best of Melbourne's shopping right at your doorstep. Bourke Street Mall is within walking distance offering an assortment of retail icons such as Myer, David Jones and Zara department stores plus much more! The close proximity of public transport makes getting around town or visiting Melbourne's attractions easy, with both trams and trains departing nearby regularly. Entertainment and sporting venues such as The MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Etihad Stadium, Crown Casino, Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Eureka Tower, Melbourne Gaol, and Melbourne Aquarium are all easily accessible on foot, whilst it takes only minutes on a tram or train to visit attractions such Luna Park in St Kilda, Melbourne Zoo and the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. Shopping destinations such as Bridge Road, Chapel Street and the DFO South Wharf shopping centre are just a quick tram ride away.The hotel has a discount parking arrangement with Wilson's Galleria car park located at the corner of Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets. Should guests require airport transfers and tours, reception staff gladly oblige to assist with bookings.Causeway 353 Hotel is contemporary in style, fitted with modern facilities, designed with a rich warm decor with an ambience of comfort. The hotel offers 142 rooms comprising of Deluxe King and Twin Rooms, Spa Rooms and Deluxe Suites. All rooms feature an LCD TV with select Foxtel channels, in-room safe, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, minibar, ironing facilities, as well as wired and wireless internet access (at a charge). Amongst the other facilities within the Hotel, a fully equipped gym and steam room are available on the 2nd Floor along with a separate business centre with internet access and printing facilities. Causeway 353 Hotel also provides a 24 hour reception and tour desk, as well as a guest laundry. Continental buffet breakfast is served daily from 6.30A.M. to 10.30A.M. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Causeway 353 Melbourne
- Hotel Causeway 353