Stayed here for a weekend in Melbourne as we were looking for a hotel close to Southern Cross Station for the airbus (it's 5 minutes walk) and close to Rod Laver Arena for a concert (tram straight down Flinders St).
Reception staff were helpful and efficient despite our early-morning check-in and stored our bags until the room was ready (ahead of normal check-in time). The hike to the room was a long one, but the other end of the hotel may be noisy with tram and train lines, so worth it.
We stayed in a loft room with a sparkling bathroom and very comfortable bed upstairs, and lounge and kitchenette downstairs. We didn't use the later, although the decor downstairs was a bit tired and the TV needs upgrading to keep up with the expectations of travellers today.
Overall very happy. Not sure it's worth full price, but if you get a last minute bargain like we did, definitely give them a try. I would most certainly stay there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure Hotel Melbourne
- The Swanston Hotel Grand Accor