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Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Ranked #77 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Townsville, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
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“Holiday Inn - Great Explorations”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Holiday Inn is in a great location despite the old-looking buildings that surround the property.
The free City Circle tram is just down the road on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets enabling many CBD points of interest to be explored e.g. Melbourne Exhibition Building, Flinders Street Railway Station, and the Immigration Museum.
Docklands is nearby (just past Southern Cross Station) which has Harbortown Shopping precinct.
For sports fans, Etihad Stadium is nearby and the MCG is a 15-minute walk away.
If you want to go on organized tours, pick-ups can be arranged from the hotel front door.
Rooms were warm and comfortable and enough space for a couple. Possibly a bit tight for a family. Laundry facilities are on the second floor and were easy to use. The restaurant on the ground floor is spacious and serves good food. Room service is efficient and of a good quality. There is internet access in the rooms for those who feel the need to stay "connected".
Checking in and out was easy and staff made sure that everything was okay before completing the transactions.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Spencer Street afford a good view of the sky to check the weather, which is very import...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Holiday Inn M, Manager at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Dear Terry H
Thank you for taking the time to complete your review, we greatly appreciate your feedback and share it with the team. It sounds like you packed a lot into your stay and enjoyed all the attractions that our location has to offer. I am glad that you enjoyed our restaurant and room service offerings and made use of our guest laundry. We look forwad to welcoming you back soon and look out for our new restaurant and room service menus that will be launched next week.

Kind Regards
Simon Carter
Operations Manager
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Blaxland, Australia
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I usually stay at the Holiday Inn on Flinders when I travel to Melbourne for work. It is well maintained and has very friendly staff. It is well located on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Lane with a short walk to Docklands Stadium and Spencer Street Station. the cheap factory outlets of Spencer Street are also close by. A five minute stroll has you at South Bank, with access to excellent dining, a leisurely walk along the river or, if you must, a night at the casino. A trip up to the Eureka Sky Deck is also a good way to see Melbourne.

Room Tip: Ask for the King Bed Superior room. Its a bit more space for the same or not much more price than th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Holiday Inn M, Manager at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Dear Peter 0457

Thank you for completing your review, it is great to hear from a regular guest of the hotel. I am glad that you have enjoyed your stays with us and have received great service form our friendly team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind Regards
Simon Carter
Operations Manager
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed in room 218, and it had a funky smell.
Beware of the shower curtain - it smelt very funky also.
We spotted two daddy long leg spiders in the room also.
Not sure what the story is with those lingering about in the room.
I was faced with two pillow options - firm or soft - firm was too firm - and soft too soft. I ended up with a sore neck. The bed itself was quite firm.
Overall, this is a hotel which is in a very convinient location - close to the Skybus, southbank, Crown, Exhibition Centre and there is a tram stop right out the front, and the City Circle tram around the corner on Flinders St.
The breakfast was great, I cannot fault it - the breakfast staff all very friendly and fantastic. The egg chefs were both very friendly.
The hotel staff were also very friendly and happy to help with all enquiries.
If i was to stay here again, I'd definitely ask for another room.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear ooValentinaoo,

We appreciate that you took the time to review our hotel. We are happy to read you found our location and staff commendable. However, we regret that your stay was negatively affected by the unusual smell of the curtain and cleanliness of the room. We will address the matters with the respective departments in order to avoid these unnecessary issues in the future. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our service and we are grateful that you brought this matter into our attention. We hope to have the honor of serving you again in the future and provide you with a better experience.

Sincerely,

Zelyn N
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perth
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

I stayed sun 21 april, one night, was a late ariver but check in was a breeze, also kept a great quiet room for me as promised. The staff are an asset here, the rooms are totaly comfortable i had a huge bed, and a great big wall to ceiling window looking up flinders st that a nice surprise, clean room , bathrooms a little bit 80's so a spruce up woundnt hurt, but saying that was a reliable nice hot shower.
room service was promt and the food was really tasty, and ok priced as well., pricey wi/fi, REALLY why charge these days?
Great coffee well it is Melbourne, but really good
over all rather pleasently surprised, thanks for a good stay guys.

Room Tip: room 702 was up top and noise wasnt an issue as iam light sleeper, as with lots of places e can sti...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Australia
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22 reviews
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This place is located within short walking distance from Southern Cross Station, so if you're coming in via SkyBus or interstate train it's less than 300 metres down the road. It's also within 100m of trams that go all over the city - you can get the tram directly outside the hotel to go to South Melb Markets or St Kilda, or just a little longer walk (50 metres!!) to get the City Circle or any tram along Flinders Street and through Collins Street or Bourke Street. So, you can pretty much get anywhere on PT from this hotel. It's also just a short walk to Southbank, Docklands or anywhere in the CBD/Downtown. It's a fabulous location.

We booked the cheapest room rate when booking, and boy did we experience it. The room was quite small, but had the typical Holiday Inn feel so I can't really fault it, we got what we paid for. What did surprise me was we had a shower curtain in the shower/bath. I can't remember the last time I stayed somewhere that didn't have glass screen/doors over the shower. I found it odd, particularly when paying over $200 a night. It's the only thing I'd really fault and think they need to upgrade this feature of the rooms.

Upon checking in and freshening up before heading out again I noticed a couple of spiders (harmless daddy long legs). Having a phobia of spiders, I told reception and asked that they kill/remove them and when we got back they were gone and we didn't see any again our whole stay. While finding spiders in a room isn't pleasant, staff acted quickly to fix the problem so it's not something I'd hold against them. (I would if we saw them repeatedly, but we didn't.)

We had breakfast included, and it was delicious. Great egg station that produced great poached eggs and omelettes, toast, coffee, hot food, awesome selection of cereals. Can't fault it.

Room Tip: Some of the cheaper rooms have shower curtains.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Unfortunately a family holiday was spoilt by a bout of food poising by my son after dining in the hotels restaurant, Sirocco Restaurant.
A doctor was called to the room (at $290) and gave my son an injection to stop the vomiting, after complaining to the staff the Duty Manager said they (the hotel) had to do an investigation and will get back after the investigation, the hotel did noty tell me an outcome after a week into our stay.
I did not wish to make a fuss and only requested that the doctors bill and his meal be taken off the final account (12 day stay).
After now three weeks ands several attempts to receive an outcome I am still yet to receive an answer.
A holiday spoilt by a lack of customer service and care.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Holiday Inn M, Manager at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear Kim J

We are saddened to hear that you did not have the true Sirocco experience on this occasion. We pride ourselves on our food and customer service. I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to connect with you to explain the investigation process we undertook.

We sincerely hope that the remainder of your stay was a positive experience and fun for your family too.

Kind regards,

Garry Beadel
Hotel Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Centrally sited and handy for walking around the arcades and other sites of Central Melbourne. Rooms very much as expected from Holiday Inn brand, as is service and restaurant. Not much of a view from the room we had, but the bed was comfortable, room was clean and bathroom a little tired but all in working order so nothing to complain about. Staff were very polite and pleasant.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Address: 575 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#51 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#51 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#72 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders 4.5*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melbourne is alive all year round, but there’s something extra special about this holiday destination in autumn. With amazing restaurants, quirky cafes and a plethora of shopping options, including designer boutiques in charming laneways, there is plenty to keep any traveller busy. Whether you are planning a staycation, weekend getaway, family holiday or attending one of the many events occurring in the city, Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is perfectly located in the free tram zone in Melbourne CBD on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street. When it comes to family holidays, nothing can beat accommodation at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. As part of the world’s most family friendly hotel chain, our team happily engages with all guests big and small to create a kid friendly holiday environment. Kids under 12 Stay and Eat Free with any paying adult. Relaxation begins at arrival with a safe off-street driveway, onsite car park and efficient check-in process. Comfort extends to our modern, spacious and secure hotel rooms. For larger families, we also offer interconnecting rooms, plus free rollaway beds and portacots. Kids receive special treatment from gift packs at check-in to our Kids Stay & Eat Free program. Kids menus have been designed by nutritionists to satisfy kids’ appetite for flavour and fun, and parents’ desire for healthy, nutritious food. The city’s best family attractions are within easy reach. Walk to Melbourne Sealife Aquarium or Melbourne Star, visit the zoo, attend a sports event or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. ... more   less 
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