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“Smallish room, boring decor, TERRIBLE layout”

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Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne
Ranked #60 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2010

At it's most basic, a hotel room contains a bed, bathroom and a TV. Our room met those criteria but not much more.

The television is located in a large cupboard at the end of the bed. This means that to watch TV you *MUST* be sitting/lying on the bed. You cannot watch it from the seat in the far corner of the room because to turn the TV to face the seat requires you to lose part of the screen (it's inside a cupboard and the internal walls of the cupboard block the screen when angled). The use of the cupboard also means that you have to open the cupboard doors wide open to watch the TV. This leaves you with cupboard doors half-blocking the small (and only) room pathway between the bed and the TV so if you've chosen to watch TV then the rules are (1) sit on the bed, (2) don't move.

There were two seats and a desk in the room. The seats were the same height and neither was ergonomically the correct height for the desk. Although there's a broadband connection point on the desk (seriously? what's wrong with wifi these days?), you'd better hope you're not a business traveller or you'll be quite uncomfortable after a short time.

The bathroom was reasonably spacious though the step out of the bath is a bit challenging for those under 5'8" I guess. I'm well over 6' tall and even I noticed having to swing my legs a bit higher than usual for a bath/shower combo. I was also not a fan of the half-door which causes bathroom flooding since the water splashing off the body tends to land outside the bath - grr @ suddenly wet sock surprise!

Others have complained of the thin walls. We didn't hear the people staying next to us though we did hear the maid cleaning their bathroom one day. Not excessively loud though - I'd not consider this to be a significant problem. We were on the top floor so perhaps this makes a difference (no upstairs "pilates" going on!). As noted by another reviewer, some rooms are internal meaning you can't open your curtains because everyone on your floor can see straight into your room. We were fortunate to get an external room (seemed to be 2 internal rooms and ~10-12 external rooms per floor) but would have requested a change if we'd been allocated an internal room!

Finally the decor was rather uninspired - beige on beige on beige on grey on beige on grey. The room doesn't need to be lurid orange but something that made it feel a little less dull would be welcome.

The location of the hotel is good - directly opposite Southern Cross railway station on Spencer St - for tourism (aquarium, casino, etc) and multi-day stays (Coles supermarket ~200m north) but really, stay elsewhere. This is not the cheapest hotel in Melbourne and there are considerably more inviting rooms out there.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

A satisfactory hotel in a very convenient location - right across from Southern Cross train station/bus terminal. Trams are right out front, and the free city circle tram is a few blocks away.

The room was satisfactory. Normal size and adequate closet and drawers. There is an unusual control panel on the front of one of the cabinets that controls lights and air conditioning. It's actually quite useful once you figure it out. It also has an alarm clock, although at an angle that can't easily be seen from the bed. The alarm is also complex to turn off - I was woken up once in the middle of the night.

I found the bed to be softer than I like, but that's personal taste. There is also a programmable in room safe - something I consider a plus.

Bathroom facilities were satisfactory. Good shower with hot water and good presssure, but the temperature is very sensitive to the control. The shower has a large step up to get in, and does not have a full door.

I found the hotel to be quite quiet.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

After checking into our tiny room on the 5 floor we were dismayed to find out we were on a smoking floor (didn't know they still had them). We went to ask if we could change rooms and were told that the smoke smell wont go into our room, only the passage way (dont believe them , it does ). Our room had paper thin walls and we were keeped awake by some noisey girls that came back to there room at 3 in the morning and continued there party for a few more hours. The bathroom is very small and if there were two of us in there one of us had to lean over the toilet to look in the mirror. If i had to say one good thing about the place the breakfast room was very nice and the food selection wasnt bad but i wont be back.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2009

The hotel decor is great, both the lobby and my room. I found the people at the front desk to be very helpful. The hotel is a little away from most of the main tourist attractions, on the west side of the central business district. But it is not a long walk, and there is a free tram that runs on Flinders Street, a few short blocks south of the hotel, as well as other trams on Collins Street, etc. Also, Southern Cross Station is right across the street, and there is a free bus that goes around a wider route than the free tram.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

Stayed for 2 nights with my son who is 7.
The best thing about this hotel is the staff who in my opinion offered a level of personal attention that is relatively uncommon. I liked the whole 1920's/30's feel to the place which was augmented with the music which was played at breakfast for example. The rooms were not particularly large but were adequate for a short stay. The bedding is more in the European style where separate bedding is used in the King beds but was comfortable enough. There were very effective blackout curtains.
On the negative there was a bit of a nasty aroma on the hall when we checked in. Had disappeared by the next day. Also, sound proofing not as good as some modern hotels. We were situated under a couple with a very healthy libido (yes room 610 - you!). I ended up having to tell my kid the lady was doing pilates as it was keeping him awake!

  • Stayed: September 2009
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Reviewed September 20, 2009

Stayed in the Vibe Savoy while travelling to Melbourne for work. Its a very strange hotel. Its aptly named Vibe, because it has a very strange one! My room has floor to ceiling windows that looked into an internal court yard of sorts - which meant that other guest walking the corridors could look straight into your room! The decor was ugly and the room not particularly clean. The other strange thing was instead of a queen sized quilt on the bed, they had two singles...weird and not condusive to a great night's sleep. Would not recommend this hotel (there are plenty of other reasonably priced hotels in Melbourne!)

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

WE happy with our stay. The hotel and rooms were clean and the decor was good. The location is excellent and it is away from the main nightlife so it is quiet at night. You do hear the trains though if you are on the Southern Cross station side. It was handy having the staion and trams right outside and also DFO straight across the road. Breakfast was a little boring after a couple of days and the TV reception was not the best but we were not there to sit in our room and watch TV.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#33 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#36 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#55 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range: $100 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne 4.5*
Number of rooms: 162
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