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Fraser Place Melbourne
Ranked #13 of 147 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Are these apartments ? - No they are not but they are nice with a good location & fairly priced. Best described as a hotel room with kitchenette.

We had 2 rooms - an Executive Twin and a Penthouse studio, both on high floors with a great view overlooking the State Library Dome ( same as on the hotel website page). They are new, modern & clean with everything you need. The rooms also contain a small unobtrusive kitchenette with micro wave, cook top, dishwasher and coking equipment so it is handy for those wanting to stay longer & self cater.

The Executive style room is quite small and this is where I quibble over the word apartment. Most "apartment style accom" offer a separate sleeping area and somewhere comfy to sit. There is a 2 person table & 2 chairs but no comfy armchair or sofa. This is a small hotel style room.

The Penthouse studio is larger and has a small bedroom which can be closed off. Like the standard rooms there is no sofa and you have to sit on the bed to watch TV or opt for the uncomfortable 2 person table & chairs. The room should have been designed a bit better to include a reasonable seating area. The Penthouse also has a washing machine / dryer which is handy for long term stayers.

Both rooms came with a balcony ( but not all rooms have them so it is best to mention when booking if you want a room with balcony). The view was nice, especially at night. I thought parking might be hard to come by but there was parking available at the back of a church a very short 2 minute walk from the hotel ( I think it was $20 for 24 hours). The location is also good & it is a quick walk to Chinatown for a meal or shopping in the CBD. There is also the free circle tram which is a 4 minute walk from the hotel.

Check with the hotel at the time of booking as they offer a breakfast deal in the hotel Cafe for $10 per person which is good value. Breakfast was a bit chaotic but nice when it arrived ( having your coffee served in a disposable cup was weird tho !).

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

Cube was a little hard to find - Exploration lane is a little obscure, and the taxi driver had no idea. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. The room was a decent size, bright, airy, clean and overall very comfortable. The only (slight) downside is that it's at the top end of town, so a little bit away from a lot of the action. As a value equation this place is hard to beat, and I would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

The apartment entrance is located within a small alley in Exploration lane. Easy tp get to with City tram & Metro station. The apartment was very clean & looks pretty new to me. Comfy beds & a good living space with a modern kitchen. Would not hesitate to go back on my next trip.

The only thing to be careful is that SkyBus doesnt do hotel pickup/drop off from this apartment directly, which their website indicated likewise. You have to walk 3-5min to Marriot Hotel around the corner for the pickup lugging your luggage. Would advise others to arrange the airport transfer with the hotel directly as they have direct transfer that you didnt need to change bus & pick up direct at the apartment entrance at a slightly lower rate then SkyBus. Everything was perfect, except the misleading info on SkyBus website!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

Great place to stay, clean, newish and had style. Rooms a little small but well appointed for a 6 night stay. Good kitchen facilities although only two lots of crockery/cutlery which meant lots of dish washing (was a dish washer though).

Had a tenth floor room and saw the sunsets from the balcony. Daily servicing. Friendly, helpful staff especially in a medical emergency. Fabulous location for trams, taxis, or walking to local areas. Felt safe in the area at all times. Reception closes at 10 p.m. so need to remember this.

Would highly recommend this place for a stay.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

We had a couple of nights here and had looked at Trip Advisor reviews. We were very pleased with the accommodation, staff service, location and amenities. Would stay again next time in Melbourne.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2010

Cube was the right choice for our stay in Melbourne. It's located in a relatively quiet street in the central area, very close to Chinatown, Greek district, Collins street, museums and the free circle tram. The building itself is modern and has a nice feel. Our room was clean and had a stylish, modern decor. The kitchen was very well-equipped (it even had a dishwasher!). Room service was efficient, we had our towels changed every day. The front desk staff was very helpful. We haven't tried the breakfast at their cafe-restaurant but the sandwiches looked so yummy! Very nice place.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2010

We highly recommend The Cube. The room are quite small but excellent value for money. We were on the 13th floor and had a wonderful view. The room was extremely clean it had everything we wanted. I was very impressed with the security, its a card system in the lift, you cant get off at any other floor. Breakfast was lovely, I was surprised at the lost cost $16 for 2 cooked meals and too much for me to eat. Staff couldn't do enough for us and greeted us every time they saw us. A very quiet hotel, great value for money. I am pretty fussy where I stay (I have walked out of hotels) but this one I recommend to anyone. Well done Cube staff and thanks for a great stay

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fraser Place Melbourne

Address: 19 Exploration Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 147 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range: $94 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fraser Place Melbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Melbourne's entertainment and business precincts, Fraser Place Melbourne is surrounded by an array of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants and world class shopping. The Regent, Princess and Her Majesty's theatres are all within a short walk from the hotel making it the ideal destination to enjoy Melbourne's rich cultural scene. Exploring the city is a breeze as the hotel is located on the free City Circle tramline. Fraser Place Melbourne encompasses 112 serviced studio apartments in three room types - Deluxe, Executive and Premier each fully equipped with a kitchenette and spacious, modern decor. We invite to you come enjoy our Frasers hospitality ... more   less 
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