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Causeway 353 Hotel
Ranked #85 of 159 Hotels in Melbourne
Brisbane
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24 reviews
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“Cool Causeway Capers”
Reviewed December 29, 2009

Just back from Melbourne which we visitied for the Boxing Day Test and we spent 3 nights here. A great little city centre hotel with elegant (if a little dark) rooms, nice bathrooms (deep bath!!), big comy beds and a good continental breakfast (great pastries)!

Like most reviews, this place has friendly staff who let us check in early at 10am and a it's in a great location. It's on the laneway between Collins and Little Collins on Equitable Lane so if your arriving in the dead of night you might want to get a taxi as it might be a little difficult to find. Luckily, we jumped the Skybus courtesy bus and they dropped us at the door. (Skybus good value of $52 return for a couple from the airport and very handy/quick with the little courtesy bus which is a real gem of a service).

The staff were helpful and quickly fixed a little problem we had with the hairdryer much to my wife's relief. The only other issue we had (which we didn't bother to complain about) was the plumbing. Obviously a lot of these buildings are very old and whilst the rooms are all fitted out for modern comforts i think the renovations forgot to look at the victorian plumbing. We were in room 267 and whenever someone upstairs went to the toilet or had a shower/bath you could literally hear every single drop of water rushing through the pipes. Luckily, i was either sleeping or had the tv remote handy and just turned up the volume. I could be annoying if you were staying for longer but it wasn't the end of the world.

Overall, i would stay again for a short break as it's right in the heart of everything and at 160AUD per night we thought it was good value for this class of hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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adelaide south australia
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

Went to Melbourne for shopping and to see the Jersey Boys. The hotel was central and very close to my favorite shop Haighs chocolates. Was also close for the trams etc. The staff could not have been better even to two grumpy women that had attitude about the breakfast being cleared off early. It actually turned out that we had not adjusted our watches and were in another time zone. Very embarassing - but they were wonderful. The rooms are quite small but very clean and they have everything you need. We will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed December 26, 2009

If you're looking for luxurious, or even mildly luxurious lodgings, look elsewhere. Causeway 353 is NOT for those who require extras. It has no views. It has a restaurant, which really feels more like a cafeteria. It has a bar, but I doubt that it sees much activity.

Causeway 353 is for no-frills travelers who want a hotel that is clean, well located, and affordable. Causeway 353's main attraction is its amazing location - in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, within walking distance of all major sites, shopping, dining, etc. The hotel is hardly shabby - it has a bit of style to it, but not enough to make it distinctive in any way. It is an efficient, easy place to stay. Continental breakfast is included in your room rate, which does help make a visit to Melbourne more affordable.

In a word - efficiency.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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bangkok
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Reviewed December 9, 2009

Just got back from Melbourne and started off the first stay at this hotel. I arrived very early and was lucky the room was ready so they let me checked in.

The room is quite decent. Nice and clean with a lot of room for hotel in Aus with this price. The only downfall is that there's no view since it's in a small lane facing other buildings. However the location is excellent.

Never got up for a breakfast so no comment on that. Don't know why hotels in Melbourne asked for a deposit though. Thought it's only this one but I stayed at another hotels and they did the same thing. This didn't happpenned when I stayed in Sydney.

Overall it's pretty value for money since I got a staff rate from my company. Had a lovely stay!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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Tempe, Arizona
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Reviewed December 7, 2009

Hotel is in a quite.small alley right in the center of the CBD; close to EVERYTHING! Rooms although small are well appointed; clean and modern. Nice touch with a free bottle of water every day. Quiet and staff friendly; the free continental buffett breakfast was fine (cold meats, cheese, bread, fruit and beverages); gym very tiny ( think a total of 6 machine) and do have self service laundry machines which come in handy. My reservation come with a free 1/2 city tour; which was a graet value add. The rooms, value and location in itself are worth recommending this hotel; but to have all 3 x make it a must!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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cheltenham, victoria
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

location in middle of city.if you like to feel like king and queen at hotels then this isnt the one for you. we stayed for aprox $150 inc buffet breakfast for 2 nights and a city sights tour.i had majour problems with the shower and bath fitting-bath plug design kept leaking and shower push button design faulty.our phone didnt work to call downstairs or outside the hotel and on notifying them of this when we first got to our room, we were told someone would come up to fix it.nobody arrived.we went out for dinner and before leaving we let recpetion know that we'd be out until late so if they could fix itb y then.returning late and finding no working phone still i was pretty peved.i again called the next morning and it was finally fixed (apparantlyit was just a flat battery). Also on arriving they give free bottled water in the room but one of our bottles was already open.
buffet breakfast was a poor excuse for that.at the time we went (probably about 9.30)there was no bread out, or eggs.selection very very limited. no natural lighting in restaurant (restaurant actually looked like what i imagine an employee cafeteria) and staff were no-existent. we left this hotel feeling like we have wasted money by going.I've never felt that way after leaving a hotel.there is close parking for $10 perday which was great.or crown complex has $6 per day parking.city highlights tour recomended as you can hop on and off.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

Fantastic location without the main street noise (it's tucked down an alleyway) - walking distance to anything you could need, including public transport. New and clean. Nice breakfast spread. From the few interractions I had with staff, they were friendly. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Causeway 353 Hotel
Address: 353 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#77 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Causeway 353 Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 142
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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