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Mercure Welcome Melbourne
Ranked #109 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Adelaide, Australia
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“Cheap, central, simple stay”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

We stayed at the Mercure Welcome in Melbourne for two nights in May. It is situated on Little Bourke St, but you can access it from the Grand Mercure entrance on Swanson Street. We were dropped by the Skybus Shuttle on Lonsdale and street and walked down a back alley way that smelt like rubbish and urine... not a good welcome to the hotel (note: Skybus also picks you up next to this alleyway). Apparently there were road works and he couldn't enter Little Bourke. But every other bus could...

We were checked into our room straight away - service on the front desk was friendly - but unfortunately not as helpful as they say in their in room books. We asked for an IGA, and the girl pointed us towards Lonsdale St. There is NO IGA on Lonsdale St, only a work site. The concierge was helpful rebooking Skybus for our return to the airport in the morning.

We were able to obtain a $50 a night dining voucher. The first day we used it for lunch in Soul Cafe (off Swanson Street). The wedges were great. The pizzas had no taste. The second day, $20 each on the buffet breakfast. Do not bother. This was the worst buffet I've ever tasted. Better off using it in the Soul Cafe for breakfast, or in the bar. Note, the bar is not open Sunday nights. And, there is no room service available in this hotel.

We stayed in a queen room - it was simple, clean and suited our needs for a cheap weekend in Melbourne. The bed was comfortable enough, the bathroom (shower curtain only) of average size - there was also a TV, WiFi, fridge, but we didn't use any of these facilities.

The hotel was quiet from outside noise. When I say outside noise from the construction outside, I mean noise NOT IN the hotel. Within the hotel you could always hear banging and cleaning noises. I think they were building a whole new level on the Monday afternoon - drilling and banging for hours at a time. Walking down the hallway, you can hear TVs, phone conversations etc... three doors away.

Welcome is right across from Chinatown, a short walk to FedSq, right next to Myer and behind the Bourke Street Mall. So it's in the heart of everything - perfect for a few nights shopping or a concert. Would maybe stay here again for a cheap night in Melbourne.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

Was there last year . Love the hotel and place. very friendly staff. located at the center of the city. Reasonable price .

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

This hotel was really good value for money. The room was small but clean and the bathroom was really impressive - it must have been recently renovated. The hotel is in a really good location, right in the centre of the city near a range of shops and eating places. The only issue we had was that our neighbours were really noisy - banging on walls and shouting at eachother in the middle of the night! But I realise this is not the fault of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

To Quote from their website:
"Affordable Budget Accommodation, and a base from which to explore all the attractions and events in Melbourne"
We stayed at this Hotel for the very reasons stated above and found it to be great. The breakfast in the Louden Restaurant is very good and we ate in the Soul Cafe at night, which was also very good.
The rooms are small but compact and all you need for a nights sleep, whilst seeing what the city has to offer through the day.
I found it very easy walking to the Aquarium, South Wharf DFO and the Eureka Skydeck.
The staff were very efficient, friendly and the Concierge was most helpful.
I would recommend this Hotel.

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Property: Mercure Welcome Melbourne
Address: 265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mercure Welcome Melbourne 3*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by the city's most popular business and shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants, the 3.5-star Mercure Welcome Melbourne hotel is located in the very heart of Melbourne's CBD and offers guest affordable budget accommodation and a base from which to explore all the attractions and events in Melbourne. Shopping meccas like Emporium Melbourne, Bourke Street Mall and H&M are right on the doorstep of the Mercure Welcome Melbourne hotel, plus 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. Guests can conveniently also take advantage of the free CBD tram service, with a tram stop just metres from the entrance. ... more   less 
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