After a short walk from the Southern Cross Railway Station, we came upon the entrance to the Grand (entrance was a bit hard to find coming from this direction). We loved the reception area - understated and elegant. We also appreciated being able to sit down and check in and the friendly, efficient manner of the staff. We were a bit disappointed that the doorman was not there and that the revolving door was not working (minor though).
We love the decor and overall feeling of spaciousness throughout. We had booked a 2 bedroom apartment and were very impressed by the size, comfort and decor and also by how well set up it was - had everything we needed. The beds were the most comfortable either of us have ever encountered anywhere we have stayed before - well done! Despite being in the Melbourne CBD area, the apartment was very quiet.
The pool area is very nice - clean and well maintained and we went for a late night swim (very relaxing after a busy day and we appreciated that the pool was available for use until quite late). We had breakfast in the restaurant - small but pleasant with good service and meals and a relaxed atmosphere.
Everything we wanted to see and do in Melbourne was either within easy walking distance or accessable by public transport nearby - we really appreciated this as time was limmited. We also appreciated being able to leave our luggage at the hotel between checking out and leaving Melbourne.
All in all, the Grand was a very good choice and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished we had more time there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located adjacent to Southern Cross station and close to Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne city shopping, theatres, galleries and museums, Quest Grand Hotel Melbourne is one of the most treasured heritage buildings in Victoria. Offering modern 4.5 star comfort, it exudes Victorian grandeur, with ornate detailing harking back to the 1800s. Grand Hotel Melbourne provides deluxe Melbourne accommodation, with 94 spacious studio's, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, a restaurant and bar, heated indoor pool, spa, gym, library and hidden garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Melbourne
- Sofitel Melbourne