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“As good u'll get during the Aussie F1 race” 4 of 5 stars
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City Tempo
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   353 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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“As good u'll get during the Aussie F1 race”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Stayed here twice both 5 night stays during the Melboure F1 - this year and 2011 (missed the 2012 race).This one of these points when I would like a 3.5 rating on tripadvisor as 3 would be to low but 4 is also a wee bit too high.

Basically a good service apartment in a decent location near to Victoria market. Check in was excellent and great advice re night market on Weds at Victoria market.

Our issues are with the apartment and sometimes housekeeping. Apartment layout is generally ok but what the heck is it with the huge aircon/heater units on the floor? This place appears relatively new surely they could have been built in or at very minimum attached to wall/ceiling. In a one bedroom apartment it requires some very creative arrangement of the living furniture to make things work - we had the sofa on 45 degree angle. Housekeeping is also inconsistent depends very much on which individual services your room in our experience.

That being said a very decent sized place to stay with a very well equipped kitchen, but again the frying pan is so large you cannot use the other (of two) electric rings while using it. It's good location and front desk were nothing but friendly and helpful, but let down a bit various bits and bobs many of which could be fixed without much trouble.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The staff at CityTempo were absolutely amazing. I had an early flight in to Melbourne and I was in the CityTempo lobby waiting for check in time. One of the staff had noticed me almost falling asleep on the couch and allowed me to check in to my room 2 hours before I was supposed to. This was only the beginning to the excellent service CityTempo's staff had given us. We were always greeted when coming in and out of the lobby, staff has no problem with calling taxis for us and on our last day we were even allowed to check out late.

The location was within walking distance to everything. When people say that City Tempo is just a 2 minute walk away, it literally is. There is a range of Malaysian food (Try The Coconut House it has amazing food for an amazing price) just a block away.

We would definitely recommend City Tempo to anyone wishing to stay there, I know for sure I would be back to stay again.

Room Tip: For the first two nights we had the 1b/r apartment, we found this too big for the two of us so we st...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

So, I went down to Melbourne on Grand Prix weekend - my normal accommodation booked out.

Russian Roulette - I was booked into City Tempo at 353 Queen St. The "City Tempo" name worried me and I had no idea where in the city it was located.

The City Tempo appears to be one of those modest looking places that double as "short stay" and residential. At reception there are instructions about "no parties" etc - you get the drift.

My flight from SYD to MEL had taken forever (5+ hours point to point - 2nd Sydney Airport anyone?) - the receptionist was friendly and took part in my usual arrival banter - always a good thing.

Ok, so up on the 18th floor. Yes, I had ended up with an apartment. The air con was on - I think MEL was going through yet another heatwave. Overall impressions of the apartment were good. The separate bedroom was intuitive and had its own air con and TV. The bathroom had a shower that was, praise be, NOT a nook (refer my previous shower experiences in BNE and Geelong). The kitchen had a dishwasher and a washing machine.

And boy, did that apartment have powerful air con - it rocked!

The only negative if you like was the "work nook" - no one would ever work at it and it was covered in gizmos for the TV, an mp3 amplifier/player thing - which was great as I listen to music a lot.

The City Tempo is quite close to Flagstaff Railway station - useful.

There is a very handy supermarket, licensed (i.e. it sells booze) and sells actual edibles across the road.

But the real drawcard was the surprise proximity to Victoria Markets - I had a fantastic roam around on Saturday morning before work. Highly recommended.

Dunno, this end of town seems to have all kinds of things going-on.

However, its obvious to me that the City Tempo has a VERY DIFFERENT types of room - read the other reviews and while I was there a massive row blew up at reception about some guests who had ended up with a "shoe box" room.

Yes, I would stay again but only in a certain room on the 18th floor.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Michael J
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We booked a Studio room and it was everything that we needed. The room was a decent size, modern furnishing and very clean. The room has its own desk and chair area, a separate small sofa and coffee table which was perfect for the two of us. The kitchen was also very handy for making our own little snacks and breakfast.

We found the bathroom very amusing as it was just separated from the room by frosted glass walls, so you could see the other person having a shower in your room!

City Tempo is located very close to Victoria Market which we loved. It is also a short walk to the main shopping and restaurant area.

The staff were amazing! Very friendly and very helpful. They provided us with maps of the places we were visiting and gave us great advice on the location.

If we were to visit Melbourne again, we would definitely consider to stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SJ2530
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Halifax
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Stayed here to extend holiday in Melbourne after the GP. Pretty luxurious and most requirements catered for. Only issue was no free wifi. When on holiday you would usually spend a minimal time on the internet so to have to pay for a full 24 hours seems excessive. Free wifi in reception would be a good idea if they can't give it in rooms.

Room Tip: Dont bother with a balcony as no chairs are provided and it probably will be too cold at night to si...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BW-Halifax
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I stayed here in february,2013 was too expensive for what you get, I shared the room with a friend they do not have twin beds at all in the hotel, and the bathroom has a glass wall making you visible in the shower, airconditioner didnt work well.... the airconditioner's are on the floor instead of up high - making the rooms hot, I would not stay here again really disappointed

Room Tip: all rooms are small and stuffy
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Timaru
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The apartment hotel is well located - 5 min walk to Victoria Market, 20 min to CBD. The room was small but had everything needed for a short stay (mine was three nights) and was clean and comfortable. From the concierge who greeted meet on a late night arrival to the reception staff, all were welcoming and friendly and gave excellent service. Recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Lester T
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Property: City Tempo
Address: 353 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — City Tempo 4*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our stylish Studio & One Bedroom Compact Apartments offer all the essentials for a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Melbourne's exciting CBD. Furnished with a compact kitchen, the latest audio/visual appliances and WiFi internet. On site is a well equipped gymnasium, sauna and business centre. Ideal for both leisure and corporate guests, enjoy easy access to cafes, convenience stores, Melbourne Central and only metres to Queen Victoria Market. ... more   less 
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