Stayed at The Blackman for six nights in September. First, the location is great. Close to the city centre, St Kilda, South Yarra, which are all interesting neighbourhoods with great restaurants and bars. The service at the hotel has been faultless from the moment I arrived. Staff unfailingly efficient and friendly. Rooms are well appointed, quiet and with very comfortable beds. Hotel has a great atmosphere. Will definitely stay here again. Did not use any if the fitness facilities, so not able to rate those.
As for Melbourne. What a great city. I'm from Vancouver. I can see why Melbourne has taken over from Vancouver as the world's most liveable city.