For first time visitors to Melbourne, especially with families, its worth noting that there's a plethora of serviced apartments in Melbourne for both short and long term let. These apartments include kitchenette's and laundry facilities in the room which is great if you're traveling with the family. I have got so used to the convenience of only travelling with hand luggage to Australia and doing my own laundry, that I haven't stayed in a hotel room in Melbourne for over 10 years.
What sets Punthill South Yarra Grand apart from its numerous competition is definitely its location. Situated in South Yarra, one of the more stylish suburbs of Melbourne, it is only four train stops from Melbourne City Centre. Its about a 35 minute ride from Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine). Melbourne still does not have a train connection from the Airport to the City but its well served by buses. A cheaper option to get to the Serviced Apartment would be to take a bus into the City and take a train to South Yarra. The Apartments are literally 3 minutes from the train station.
Check in was painless and as I had booked using wotif, I had already prepaid for my accommodation. The Apartments are relatively small compared to others I have stayed in but definitely bigger than the standard hotel room. I liked the fact that energy conservation was definitely top most in the mind of the designers with motion activated lights in the corridors. However it can be a bit disconcerting to step out of the lift and have to wait that split second before the lights come on. I had booked a two bedroom unit which came with a double bed in the main bedroom (including ensuite) whilst the second bedroom included two single beds. There was a separate bathroom (more a shower room) next door to the second bedroom which was tiny but did the job. For those that have followed my reviews in the past, you would realize that I tend to only book hotel or apartments with balcony's. The balconies in the Apartment were tiny but afforded a great view of South Yarra room tops. All the Apartments come with split aircons that both cool during summer but warm during winter.
Location wise, its hard to top South Yarra. A multitude of coffee shops are within a 5 minute walk when exiting the Apartments. I especially liked Veloce around the corner from the Apartment which is a coffee shop in a vintage car showroom. Great way to spend breakfast!! You are also spoilt for choice with restaurants, some of which even operate 24hours a day (Chapelli's on Chapel Street)
For those intending to drive, be aware the hotel has limited car parking for residents and the spots are all located on the 6th floor which you get to up a winding and narrow driveway. Bigger cars would definitely find the trip up and down challenging.
Apart from the above comment, I would definitely rate the Punthill South Yarra one of the better serviced apartments in Melbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the new business and restaurant precinct of South Yarra and with views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay, Punthill South Yarra Grand offers spacious, modern, sophisticated and stylish apartment hotel accommodation in Melbourne that rivals no other. The eclectic, lush and stylish décor of our Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom serviced apartments reflects the vibrant, modern atmosphere of the South Yarra area and set a new standard in apartment hotel accommodation. ... more less
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- Punthill South Yarra Grand Hotel Melbourne