I stayed at Darling Towers on Collins for a few days in March 2012 with my mother, a girls shopping trip.
We have stayed at the property a number of times before, the location is just fantastic. Trams are within close walking distance to get to all the major shopping districts around the city and inner suburbs, and the Flinders St train station is also close by.
The apartments are showing some signs of wear and tear since we first started staying here, but having said that, the prices are also incredibly cheap. When you're paying less than $100 a night for a one bedroom apartment in the heart of the city, you really can't complain.
We stayed in apartment 611, which was clean and comfortable (apart from the bed, which was hard as a rock!) The air conditioning worked well, the kitchen was well stocked with crockery and cooking appliances/utensils, and everything in the bathroom was up to scratch.
On the downside, one of the elevators was out of order throughout our stay, so the wait to get up and down to the apartment was sometimes a little annoying. I would also like to know the property's policy on offering upgrades? The couple checking in ahead of us (who I assume were husband and wife) were upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment, but we weren't upgraded - wouldn't a 2 bedroom place be of more benefit to a mother/daughter combo?
On the whole, this place is still worth a visit - it's cheap and cheerful and in a fabulous location, and we will probably return again for our next shopping expedition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you're staying in the heart of Collins Street you'd expect to pay more, but these self-contained apartments are a steal, fully equipped with everything you need from a dishwasher, stove and oven, broadband internet access and reverse cycle air-conditioning keeping you comfortable no matter what the Melbourne weather is dishing out. BreakFree on Collins features One or Two Bedroom Apartments that are modern and stylish. You'll love the location with free CBD City Circle tram on your doorstep, designer outlets, heritage buildings and department stores nearby. Go all hip in the intriguing little lanes that Melbourne is famous for or catch a bit of culture at the many art centres and museums. Of course there's sport, the Rod Laver Arena hosts the Australian Open, the AFL Grand Final is held at the MCG or you can catch a game at Docklands Stadium, then head on over to Fitzroy and Acland Streets St Kilda to get amongst the funky and colourful mix of restaurants, people and places. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Darling Towers On Collins Hotel Melbourne
- Darling Hotel Melbourne
- Darling Hotel On Collins