I stayed here on business as it was close to the venue for my meetings. The word trendy springs to mind as an intitial reaction but as I stood in the reception in front of the desk for over 5 minutes while the sole receptionist talked on the phone to another guest without even acknowledging me I was wishing I had booked into the Crown as I would usually have done. When I finally managed to get the young man's attention he advised I had been upgraded to a suite. Nice touch but.....On arriving in my suite - it was made up of a very large deck with a view of the building next door and some of the district, a largish combined living dining kitchionette area and a very claustrophobic bed alcove. The bathroom is a glass enclosed alcove off the living area - once again very small. The room had good space but just badly laid out. Very odd bits and pices like the wardrobe is next to the kitchen at the other end of the suite from the bedroom and there is no room for a bag in the bedroom alcove. In the bathroom the power points are inside the cupboard.
The room was clean but I found the so called art decor complete with purple velvet covered Stark inspied plastic chairs, was just all trying too hard without much real comfort.
The TV on the wall in the bedroom alcove also has some sort of back projection lighting that I could not turn off even when the set was off and because of the mirrored walls in the alcove you cannot escape from this annoying light when all other lights are out.
On the night of arriving at around 6.30pm, I called down for a cab only to find when I arrived downstairs no cab and an airy wave of the hand from the same young man who kept me waiting on checkin, that I might like to take my luck at a rank with no cabs and no indication that one would be secured. Finally another young man from the desk observing my annoyance as it looked more and more likely I would be late for a meeting took control and ran up to the main cross street and tried manfully to secure a cab for me. Finally about 10 minutes later he captured one and sent it back along the street to me. He deserves a gold star for service - it was good work in a difficult situtaion where none of his peers seemed to understand the concept of service or urgency.
My verdict at the risk of sounding like an old grump - yes 'goovey' but falls down on service, accessability and the needs of the business traveller - if you have plenty of time, a car and like being ignored by the bulk of staff go for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, The Blackman Hotel will inspire Melbourne’s imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces.Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman Hotel will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space.The Blackman Hotel is also dedicated to ensuring your visit to Melbourne is complete with dining options to tempt your tastebuds. Experience two of Melbourne’s hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with our state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. ... more less
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