Stayed just 1 night in December 2012. Easy to find, nice relaxed surroundings. Initial hotel frontage presentation was encouraging, with a small smart lobby.
We arrived very early, 8am, for checkin (which is normally 2pm, or similar). After 24hrs traveling, the front desk attendant was most accommodating to find a room available straight away so we could rest. +1 for friendly flexible service.
Initially walking to the room, I was a little concerned by the dated exterior to the building. But upon entering the room, I was pleasantly surprised. I think mentioned by management they have been refurbishing somewhat, and I found the room to be modern looking, very clean and the styling quiet but inviting. Crashing on the bed I was so surprised how comfortable I found it. The bed was unusually soft (at least compared to the usual Asian hotels I stay in), usually I do prefer harder mattress, however no complaints at all from me.
The room was quite spacious, and was furnished with ample places to sit, with a desk/chairs, plus the normal LCD TV and mini fridge. I didn't use any internet services, so I don't know if they are available.
The bathroom is not quite to the same standard of the room, however I found it to be clean, and suitable for its normal uses! Just be careful of the bath/shower, as it is very slippery...so note to VIBE management - some attention there might be a suggestion, especially as it is a little bit of a climb getting in and out. As usual, the towels are designed for children, not larger adults, but a minor complaint, as it was clean and modern linen.
I didn't try it, but the pool looked clean and inviting. The hotel provides onsite parking at $10/day, IMO quite reasonable.
I was happy with the location.I can't be fussed using public transport, but noted the tram ran out the front door, likely bus routes too. Location wise, it is virtually next door to the zoo and a large open parkland, with the City centre very close by car. Lygon St was easy to get to (I used a car, but probably easy by public transport too, or a walk for the enthusiastic) for all sorts of meals (Thai, Itallian, Pizza, Kebabs, French, Steaks etc etc etc).
Someone in another review noted nothing close (eg convenience store). Late night/very early morning hunger forced us to easily find a 7-11 500m or so down the road, and upon getting back I noted some snack/drink vending machines in the lobby. There is also a cafe onsite, but I did not try it.
So far my review is very positive, however 1 negative thing I can note. Not the fault of the hotel or their service, but if you are a light sleeper this may be an issue...noise insulation. Our room was on ground floor facing the pool. It appears the age of the building shows with poor insulation between rooms and doors that don't "pad" their closing. I found doors closing, people talking and even people walking past the room to be quite intrusive noise wise. To me this is a minor issue, but may make others stay less pleasant.
Checkout was quick and efficient. I had booked for a late checkout, but couldn't remember what time that meant, so ended up checking out at the normal time. Whilst some businesses may take advantage and say I booked it I pay for it, but VIBE did not charge me for this unused feature, and I commend them on this, with either their good policy or sensible staff for not imposing this. This is the stuff that makes excellent customer goodwill IMO!
Even if this was just 1 night, I would most certainly recommend this hotel for a comfortable stay, and efficient helpful staff. I will stay again should I stay in Melbourne in the future.
Apology about the somewhat messy photo presentation, but I was dead tired when I took them. (I like to review all the hotels I stay in, so always take photos of the accommodation)
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