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Paramount Serviced Apartments
Ranked #130 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
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117 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Just average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Check in okay but have to slep way up one lift hike thru various corridors and finally find second set of lifts.. then up and finally door.... outlook horrid but may not be same ofr ll. noise from other bldg aircon but even better laneway smells and noises.. aka dumpsters from various establishments. Passing ppl in corridors seems popular for buck and hens nights.. very tacky. We specifically wanted two bedrooms with two singles in second bedroom as taking niece and nephew for a weekend in the city... but I think we ALL would have been better off at say... Quest Royal Gardens or anywhere with two doubles... Small aircon in living area only, large kitchen but no pots or pans (thankfully we did not intend to cook), Worst of all... wall mounted toiletries in bathroom. That is too cheap and tacky. Will not be back and will not recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DonnaMN
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Indonesian first
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English first
Maitland, Australia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed in room 1003. There is a walk from the lobby lift to the lift that services the apartments - but you can cope with that. All level and easy to manouvre through. There are full time residents as well as holiday makers staying here.

The pool, gym, sana and spa got a work out and they are all good to go - excellent. (Although someone before us may have had bubble bath in the spa as the tiles felt soapy on the pool deck and the pool water bubbled when swum in).

Yes the room was old - it is genuine 1990s decor etc. The room was comfortable, smoke free and useable. The beds were all clean, the bathrooms were clean. Not 5 star clean nor were they sterile... but they were clean (ie no poo in the toilets, no hairs in the shower, floors mopped and mirros and surfaces cleaned). There was soap in the dispensers, the laundry facilities worked.

One draw back was the hot water did not support 5 adult men to have showers in quick suyccession - but that is pretty normal on a standard HWS.

The window in the master bedroom did not close properly, but it did close enough to keep the wind out and the temperature stable.

The dishwasher worked, as did the TV and the foxtel. All crockery and glassware was clean - but as usual we did rinse them before use.

Value for money - at $70/ night it is pretty good. (Considering where we normally stay at the Hotel Enterpirze works out to be $110/nt).

We will be looking to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rowdy82
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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176 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We booked a one bedroom apartment for three nights last week. It was lucky that the weather was cool enough as we had not known that the air conditioner unit was only in the living room not in the bedroom. The location was great, very easy to find variety of food stalls, restaurant and shops. it was also very easy to move around with either trams or buses. The suite was very spacious but not cleaned properly. The outside part of the glass window was full of stain looked like never being cleaned for long time. Kitchen and laundry were functioning well. The staffs were kind and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Handoko T
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We booked this room on the same day, last minute and for a reasonable cost. We needed accommodation for two adults (sister's-in-law so we can share the master bed) and two children who we wanted in a separate room - so we booked a two bedroom with balcony. It was a good size apartment with small dining & lounge area and a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom with laundry facilities. It was not the cleanest, brightest or newest room I've been in, but with two small and very busy children, that is FINE! In fact I think there may have been a bit of pink glitter added to the carpet by the time we left.

POSITIVE: Location was great - Bourke Street & China town and St Kilda tram right out the front. Good sized apartments and clean enough. Pretty good view. Basic facilities, but everything we needed. Pool was empty and really clean, so the kids had fun - the spa kept the adults happy. It seemed quiet and it was a mid-week stay so no interference from other guests and check in & out took no time at all.

NEGATIVE: Older style, dated furniture & decor, heavy doors which are tricky to open one armed! Balcony wall seemed low and there was no way of locking the balcony door so we had to go back to reception to ask for a key. They happily gave us the balcony door key which gave piece of mind with little kids. Long journey to get to room - reception to first lift, through a doorway, down a path to second lifts, then to our floor!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LilFairy23
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Perth, WA
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

I went over to Melbourne with two girlfriends for the F1 weekend and St Paddy's Day; we booked the 2 bedroom suite.
Firstly I was pleased by the look of the lobby - marble everywhere and very clean.
When we got to the room - the door was very clumsy to open, the carpet was slightly stained and we had to open the balcony door to get some fresh air in.
So the cleaning/presentation wasn't perfect.... but for the $$ we paid, we didn't really expect the Ritz!
There was a nice lounge suite in the main area and Foxtel on TV - the balcony looked over an alleyway but also over Chinatown and a nice view of the skyline/buildings. The bredrooms were functional - they had everything we needed = a bed!!
The water pressure in the shower was really great! My only issue with the Bathroom was that there was no fan and the mirror steamed up a fair bit.
We didn't really use the iron/washing machine or the kitchen much.... although the fridge practically froze everything! haha
The location was great for us though! Across the road from the Rydges... that's pretty much all you need to say to a taxi driver and they know exactly where to go!!
Also - very close proximity to Pie Face... its a jaffle pie fast food that is simply AMAZING at 3am!
The service was very minimal.... I don't think they did anything bar throw a pile of clean towels on the table next to the door, take the rubbish and leave....

All in all the hotel was 'fit for purpose' - If I head back to Melbs I might just treat myself a lil bit with different accommodation!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Caitlin S
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Level Contributor
253 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The pros...the location. Near Chinatown and the theatre district. Also near decent restaurants.
Also the apartment I had was spacious with a decent balcony. Strangely one of the rooms was locked but I suspect this was where the room owner stored their personal belongings. Also there's a washing machine and tumble dryer.

The cons...Paramount needs more people at the reception desk. There was only one person on a Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. I think it was the same person so I hope he got some sleep.

Also the person at the reception desk, whilst good natured, forgot to return my credit card. I had to remind him.

The time it takes to get to your room...from the ground floor you need to get a lift to the first floor (I think)...then walk down a passageway to get another set of lifts!

Also when I entered the room I smelled smoke. Maybe it was from the owner of the apartment?

I don't think I'll stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank safenoe
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Darwin, Australia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

We booked this as it was a great location and a good price...but that's where it ended! Although the apartments suited our needs in location they were dirty, dated & the outside air condition was extremely loud. There was dirty cutlery/cups which we left to one side, the "serviced on the 3rd day" was just the bins emptied, 1 of 3 beds made and no vacuuming of the carpets which were dirty. They must have great weekend deals for party goers as next door was loud drunken teenagers/young adults parting it up! VERY loud and left a trail of rubbish the foyer. We made this known to reception upon departure, but we got very blank looks and no attempt to apologize or even to make note of our complaint. I DO NOT recommend this property in any way shape or form!

Room Tip: Don't stay here at all!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank tassh
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Additional Information about Paramount Serviced Apartments

Property: Paramount Serviced Apartments
Address: 181 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Chinatown
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #130 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paramount Serviced Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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