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Bayview On The Park
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Reviewed October 9, 2007

We booked our stay at the Bayview On The Park, Melbourne through Ratestogo.com, having first done what we considered a fair amount of research online (reviews and comments, such as those featured here). We are a young couple who would not consider ourselves fussy or snooty, but thought that, from what we had read, this hotel offered a good compromise between value and comfort.

We were disgustingly mistaken.

We arrived to the tired and broken exterior, which we overlooked on the basis that we had stayed in apparently run-down hotels which had ended up being warm and welcoming on the inside. The foyer was actually quite good - giving the air of cleanliness and somewhat outmoded style. We were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready earlier than we expected and so we would not need to leave our luggage with the porter.

However, upon being shown to our standard "room" our hearts sank. The tiny space in the room did not appear to have been cleaned beyond a superficial vacuum and dust for some years. Cigarette burns on the pilling bedcover, stains upon the walls, roof and pillows, paint flaked from the moulded walls. We needed to consult room service to determine first whether there was air conditioning and next how we were supposed to turn it on (it seemed strange that we didn't realise that we needed to point the remote control at some dusty vent above the door?! Probably best left-off as it sounded like it was trying to torture us aurally while giving us legionaires disease).

We needed to escape and so complained to the reception. We were bluntly told that there were no other rooms and nothing they could do to help us.

Because of this we needed to spend the entire day out and struggled through an unpleasant night's sleep. This is not the kind of room that you could relax or spend any more time than necessary in.

The next day we again complained twice and finally were upgraded (following the apparent departure of a large wedding party). To the hotel's credit and owing to the assistance of a very helpful and friendly porter, we were upgraded to a far-superior room, with a fantastic view, new decor and bed linen. It could have been in a completely different hotel. The staff we encountered on this second day were very very helpful and did a great deal to make up for our bad experience on the first day.

All we can say is make certain that the room you are staying in is not the "standard room" we were first provided.

Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

We stayed for a Saturday night in June to attend our child's sporting event nearby the next day. Have stayed here twice before and since our last visit the rooms have had an upgrade - not the furniture, but soft furnishings, paint, etc. Not flash, but very clean and comfortable. We find Bayview excellent value for money - $160 for 2 adults, 1 child, including buffet breakfast for the 3 of us. Breakfast has a good selection, not as vast perhaps as 5 star hotels, but plenty to choose from and the hot food is hot. Parking is FREE, which is great. The staff are friendly and the location is just across the road from Albert Park Lake. The pool and spa is outside, not great for winter, but would be lovely in summer. For a special stay in Melbourne we would perhaps go elsewhere, but for a quick overnighter, this is a great hotel, not expensive, comfy rooms and beds, not noisy and easy to get to.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 28, 2007

This hotel is nothing special. But there is nothing wrong with it either. And it is quite reasonably priced as far as Melbourne inner city hotels go. We paid $130 for a room in the side wing on the third floor.

Service was the usual impersonal style that is expected from such a big hotel. But was otherwise quite okay.

Room was clean and comfortable. Parking at the rear of the hotel is free and is secure. It is a 2 minute walk to a busy tram line where it is very easy to catch a tram to the city or St Kilda. Wireless internet access is available but is very expensive. Pool is nice. There is a gym, but it has very little equipment.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2007

Firstly just be aware that there's a "Bayview Eden" (formerly the "Eden on the Park") just down the road - it's easy to get the two confused.

Having stayed at the Bayview Eden before I decided this time to try the Bayview on the Park. It's cheaper, and it shows slightly, but overall this is an excellent hotel.

The location is good, not so much because it's near much, but because it's only one block from St Kilda Road and the trams that run straight into the city or the St Kilda itself. If you feel like the way, Southbank is about a 45 minute walk.

The room I had was well sized and very nice (Although it was a double queen room, so possibly a bit larger than the single rooms).

Overall I'd certainly recommend it, and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled on business
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Thank Docbert
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Reviewed June 30, 2007

We stayed here overnight in june 2007. Rooms are modern and clean. Staff friendly and helpful. Location is great, being only a short walk to a tram stop which will take you in to the city in less than 5 minutes. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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