I'm not really fussy about hotels - I'm really after a place that's one step above a hostel and is decently priced and clean. This place is in a really good location - not in the thick of things, but easy to get to via public transport and very close to the Skybus and Southern Cross station. Pensione looks really good from the outside; inside, it's a little less slick – the room I had was clean, basic, small, a little dated and old - there was actually an old piece of chewing gum on one side of the wardrobe, near the bed. The bed was comfy and clean, though.
The building must be rather old, because there were constant creaks in the ceiling and, so it made it a bit hard to sleep with that constant noise (and I lived next to a train station for four years, so I am not the lightest sleeper either).
I usually stay at the Best Western Atlantis, and given that it's a similar price and on the same street, I would recommend the Best Western Atlantis over this place - it's a lot newer and nicer and the staff are friendly and helpful, too. But if you're after somewhere that's just simple, small ("cosy"), clean, basic, unfussy, and in a good spot for getting around, then this would do the trick.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modelled on the original European pensione hotels, the Pensione Hotel Melbourne combines original turn of the century building features with modern design and soft tones, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.Set behind a beautiful Heritage-listed façade, the Pensione Hotel offers boutique interiors, breathtaking hospitality and incomparable value for money.Featuring all the desired hotel amenities, with warm and inviting staff that have a great knowledge of the local area, the Pensione is perfectly suited as a base to explore Melbourne. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pensione Hotel Melbourne - By 8 Melbourne
- Pensione Boutique Hotel Melbourne