Parking included in the very reasonable tarriff was a big plus - as parking fees can add a lot of dollars to a stay in Melbourne - well, anywhere for that matter. Initial 'phone booking was easy and friendly. Although we only needed a one bedroom apartment for four nights, rather than refuse our booking, we were upgraded at no extra charge. On arrival, we were delighted to be given a large three bed apartment in the Arkley Building, with marvellous views from the balcony, across the marina to the city. Very pleasant indeed. Meticulously clean with nice touches such as 'upgraded' coffee - how thoughtful is that, and a good quality non-stick pan, amongst all the others, for our breakfast omlettes. Happy too that there was gas for the small amount of cooking that we might do. The Flat Screen TV/Foxtel are also things one appreciates when on holiday.
A thicker mattress overlay would have made the bed more comfortable, and, yes, the air-con, or whatever, was rather 'loud' - however, it didn't spoil the experience..
Although Docklands in winter is not very crowded, the ease of transport into Melbourne city makes it a great location. With Harbour Town almost complete, it will be an added attraction for bargain shoppers.
We didn't eat at the local restaurants, although they did look very inviting, with reasonable charges.
For drivers - easy access from either Calder or Eastern Freeway.
We have stayed in the Docklands area before, and would most definitely stay with the Star group again. A fabulous opportunity to experience rather grand apartment living.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation Star Docklands Apartments is located in the heart of New Quay, Docklands, the newest cultural and entertainment precinct of Melbourne and only a few minutes walk from the city centre. Accommodation Star Docklands Apartments offer a range of 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, each of apartments successfully blends spacious interiors, fabulous views of the marina, outdoor balconies and spectacular views. For guest convenience each booking includes: swimming pool, gymnasium, WiFi, security entrance and secure undercover car parking. ... more less
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