We stayed at the Swanston for two nights while on a girls shopping trip. The hotel had an absolutely perfect location for this purpose - it was walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go, or otherwise a quick trip on the free city circle tram. The staff were lovely - easy check in & they were always happy to help. One thing I should mention though, is that nobody explained to us when we were checking in, how to use the swipe card system in the lift, or told us what time the building was locked at night.
The rooms are nice - the building is definitely older style, but everything was clean & tidy, we had comfortable beds and it was surprisingly quiet (we were on the 10th floor). We hardly spent any time in the room, so the fact that our view was of the back end of a building didn't bother us. One thing I haven't come across in a hotel before is that there are slot machines in the bar just off the lobby - while we were checking out there was a homeless guy sitting in the lobby waiting for the bar to open - just thought this was a little strange & off putting.
- 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