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Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra
Ranked #70 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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“A hotel for trainspotters”
Reviewed March 28, 2011

If you like trains you'll love Medina Executive South Yarra, situated right on the railway line at South Yarra, the shunting of train carriages in the middle of the night is not the best sound to accompany a good night's sleep. Each of the beds in the rooms are a bit tired, with the springs having collapsed unevenly on one side, lending itself to rolling out of bed during the night, if you are able to get to sleep after the aforementioned railway noise.

Unfortunately the bathroom didn't not allow the use of the bath, and the nozzle pressure in the shower was like spaying oneself with a fine mist. And don't ask me what had happened to the toilet seat, it looked and felt as though someone had taken to it with an angle grinder

After trying to organise a baby cot, and getting no acknowledgement to emails, we were then charged extra for th use of the cot, which was not previously indicated in the price.

My suggestion would be to stay elsewhere, as there are plenty of better places to stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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jmaddocks, Manager at Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
Dear Stoolrossa,

Thankyou for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Medina Executive South Yarra.

We appreciate the time you have taken to provide us with your feedback. In relation to the points you have raised I have addressed your concerns with the the housekeeping & maintenance departments to improve our overall guest experience.

I would like to thank you again for providing this feedback and if you would like to discuss this in more detail including the baby cot fee, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the hotel.

Kind regards
Justine Maddocks
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

The hotel is located only 5 min walking distance to Toorak Road and 10 min to Chapel Street. We were aware that there is a train line at the rear of the hotel, so we requested and got a unit facing the street. This is about as good as it gets. The hotel looks much better from the outside, inside it is old and dirty, our 1 BR unit was small, it smelt of grime and it clearly had not seen a good clean up for a long time. The furniture are old and worn, the bed must be as old as the hotel, never replaced, the mattress worn out and so soft. But it keeps getting better. We stayed for 3 nights and during our entire stay our bathroom was not cleaned once, nor did the unit see a vacuum cleaner. Their understanding of a serviced apartment is straightening the linen and supplying fresh towels. And please bring your own toilet paper. We made front desk aware of this twice but housekeeping seems to do what they want. We welcomed the 10.00 am check-out as we could not get out of that place quick enough.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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jmaddocks, Manager at Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
Dear GoodFoodFanOZ,

Thankyou for your feedback regarding your stay late last year at Medina Executive South Yarra.

We appreciate the time you have taken to provide us with your feedback. What you experienced during your stay with us is certainly not the service standard we pride ourselves on. In relation to the points you have raised I have addressed your concerns with the housekeeping department to improve our overall guest experience and ensure that this does not happen again in the future.

I would like to thank you again for providing this feedback and if you would like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the hotel.

Kind regards
Justine Maddocks
Hotel Manager
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Esher, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

This hotel is in a great spot close to Chapel street, but unfortunately backs onto a busy trainline and has no sound proofing. It's not bad if you can get on the right side of the building, but if trackside, you can forget about getting any sleep. Also, it seems overpriced for fairly tired accomodation.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

The old real estate mantra is 'location, location, location'

Certainly this hotel is well positioned near chapel street etc with regular trams and trains within 5 minutes walk. unfortunately, the hotel also backs onto said train line. While its not too noticeable with all doors and windows closed, this does mean you are at the mercy of recirculated air through the air conditioner.

On the positive, rooms are pretty good with shower/.bath and kitchen. Staff were helpful and rooms spacious.

However, TV is only in living room and the (tiny) desk tucked away in a corner away from anything. Beds are a bit soft and lacking of nice bedding - for example, holes in blankets and lumpy pillows.

For the price, its very good. But it is no longer a 4.5 star hotel. If you are after bells and whistles, there are better options out there.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Thank pkirbyau
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Muscat, Oman
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

This property is really showing it's age, needs a face lift more than I do.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Perth WA
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69 reviews
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Joined my husbad at Medina for a long weekend. My first impression of these apartments is they need some work done, a coat of paint would be a good start. Furniture including the TV is dated and the bed although comfy enough with the obvious sag in the middle could do with replacement. All that said, for money paid I guess you could call this place value for money. Location is good. Close to shopping and great places to dine within walking distance and public transport easily obtainable for trips to the city. Their was no extra charge to park our car although the carpark is a bit of a squeeze. I found our stay to be extremely quiet- facing the street. I have stayed previously and have been located to the back of the hotel close to the rail line, but again I personally did not find it excessively noisey. Hotel service staff are very friendly , perhaps housekeeping could be a little better. I will continue to consider Medina when visiting Melbourne

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janny_9
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

My husband and I just returned from a 3 night visit to Melbourne. As we were visiting Melbourne for a wedding, we wanted a place to stay that was cheap and well located (as we weren't planning on spending much time in the hotel). The Medina was perfect for this! We were able to find a great deal on the internet ($100 AUD/night). It was a 5 minute walk from the train and tram into the city and a 10 minute walk to Chapel Street.

After reading other reviews on tripadvisor, I sent an email requesting a quiet room (as the hotel backs onto the train line). We were given a room at the front of the hotel and we barely heard anything.

All and all we were very happy with this hotel, but I would not recommend it if you were after a 5 star hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank NMV25
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Property: Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra
Address: 52 Darling St | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia (Formerly Medina Executive South Yarra)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#43 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#57 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#65 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra 4*
Number of rooms: 61
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