I was really pleasantly surprised by this hotel - it has a reputation being a run down dive, but since new owners have taken it over and renovated a lot of the rooms, it has improved significantly from the last time I was here 10 years ago.
The room was clean and tidy, and had been recently renovated. It was a bit stuffy with not much natural light - we didn't spend much time in it during our two night stay, but I wouldn't want to spend prolonged periods in it. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was great for a room of that size - very modern and clean, and the shower was excellent. We chose the hotel as it was $50 cheaper per night than similarly rated hotels. The room is basic, but perfectly functional, and it was a great price for such a central location.
The lifts were a bit annoying - to get to our fifth floor room, we had to take the lift to the fourth floor, then find the other lifts/stairs to get to the fifth floor and then walk through a maze of corridors to get to our room. It's not the end of the world - it's a large hotel, with construction works going on, built on a hill.
We didn't use any of the hotels additional services, such as the rooftop pool, gym or porter service. Charging $1 for a newspaper at reception is a bit cheeky - is it really that much to include it in the room tariff (or eliminate all together?). We skipped the $17 in-house Thai restaurant buffet breakfast based on the reviews here and had a full breakfast with proper coffee at the 24 hour cafe opposite the hotel for under $40.
This hotel is certainly nothing special, but it's central location and affordable tariffs make it a excellent place to stop for a short break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel is perfect for all of your corporate and leisure travel needs. The hotel offers easy access to all the sights and sounds of this thriving metropolis and is close to the many eateries and cafés that Melbourne has become famous for. Our historic landmark hotel combines the grandeur of the late 1880's and contemporary comfort. The hotel is situated next to the Melbourne Town Hall and within easy walking distance to many of the city's famous attractions, including the Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Shopping Mall, The Emporium, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre Melbourne and Federation Square. Access to nearby trams and trains means you will be able to get to locations like the MCG and the Botanical Gardens in no time. Unsure how to get to somewhere? Our friendly hotel team can assist you with the best way of getting around town. The next time you are looking for hotel deals in Melbourne, come and experience the convenience and comfort of ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, ACCOR, Priceline and Travelocity so you can book your Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.