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“Excellent Value and Location” 5 of 5 stars
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The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure
Ranked #82 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
South East England, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
144 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Value and Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

Stayed two weeks as part of a business trip. It all started with a confusion about my actual arrival date, which is not what you want to hear at 3am. But this apparently had nothing to do with the hotel, and staff did their best to find temporary accommodation in the hotel's annex (the 'Welcome', whose star rating is certainly lower) and checked me in the following morning. The room was truly excellent: spacious with the layout of a junior suite (separate living room with sofa and TV, another smaller TV in the bedroom), really ideal for an extended stay, and really good when you have to work. The hotel does not have free Internet access, but you have both wireless (10 AUD/24h) and LAN with different price plans (by the minute up to a maximum of 20+ AUD, by 24 hours). The restaurant is ok, so is the bar food and room service, but the natural choice is to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby. The hotel can get quite busy at times, which may be a problem if you need a late check-out for instance.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Excellent location, right in the heart of the city close to everything. Room was spacious and clean and there was no street noise so sleeping was easy.
Staff were helpful and friendly. Will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

I have stayed in the Swanston Hotel, on three occasions and the only reason I go back is because of the position, but I am definitely not going back next time as I realised how bad the facilities are, this is not a four and half star hotel, it is out dated and the beds and pillows are of the cheapest form ,worst sleep of my life. The receptionist that checked us in was very helpful the rest of them a lot to be desired. A smile costs nothing.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

It was very central to everything and the staff were very pleasent. Street noise was a slight problem but more to do with me as I'm a light sleeper.
Over all a very good eperience I ddn't eat in as I wanted to experence the varity of cafes with in the area .

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Hotel was great once checked in. Mix up with room availability to start. Not what you want after a red eye. Can live with room not being available at 7am although a nice perk as an Accor member when it happenbs but at 2pm (check in time) not as excited about having to wait. Staff were helpful at all other times. Concierges deseerve medals - they helped with ticket bookings, finding addresses etc. MAybe advertise more that tickets can be purchased from concierge as we only did this when we heard someone else doing it while arranging to get flight boarding passes. Main dissappointment is the credit card charge at end - no mention it was happening by staff member - noticed it when I got home. I still believe c/card charges should be built into the price - as would happen when one uses a credit card at the supermarket. You don't get charged extra.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Having stayed here a number of times over the years and raving about it to my friends I was very disappointed with my room this time. It was extremely noisy, in fact I could hear every single word said in the next room. Dispite a number of complaints made by me I was not moved. One night the person in the next room was smoking and when I complained I was given a bottle of wine and some chocolates but I was still not moved. I expected more.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

My Daughter and I found the hotel to be exactly what we were looking for as the position of this hotel was perfect for us for our shopping trip. It was location location location, with only a short walk to David Jones Myer and the Bourke street mall. Kelsey and I had dinner in the Hotel and found this to be very satisfactory. When we go back to Melbourne we will stay at the Hotel again as it was just what we were looiing for.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure

Property: The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure
Address: 195 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Mercure Grand Hotel on Swanston)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#66 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#68 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#75 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is a 4.5-star hotel positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's CBD and city, surrounded by the city's most popular business and shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. With shopping meccas like Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne and H&M right on your doorstep, other attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty's and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central Shopping Complex are just a short stroll away. In addition, with a tram stop conveniently located at the front entrance - a quick tram ride will take you to all major sporting venues including the MCG and Etihad Stadium plus the city's cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment hotspots such as St Kilda, Chapel Street, Bridge Road and Brunswick Street. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is Melbourne's most centrally located hotel. ... more   less 
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