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.
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