I think 'boutique' was the label on the mybookings website. I booked it, deliberately avoiding reading any reviews ...
Start with the good:
* location, location, location: take a dozen steps & you're in QVictoria Markets,
* close to public transport: you can just about fall onto the tram stop; hotel walk-able from FREE city tram service, stop at LaTrobe street which approx 300-500 metres (don't trust my measurements, though)
* cheap & cheerful eats close by: 'hawker' style cuisine, Japanese, Chinese (across the road, close to tram stop)
* friendly staff, range of ages
* art space in the lobby
* coloured glass louvres in room echoes reception wall
* TWININGS TEA & Vittoria Drinking Chocolate packets
* arrived early, was told check-in was 2 pm but maybe 1 pm & pretty much had to wait 'til 2 to get into my room. Yeah, staff were friendly, yeah, they stored my one piece of luggage, yeah they were fully booked ...
* kettle with coiled boil element - nothing wrong with it except not in keeping with 'boutique' hotel label
* 3 table lamps & wall light do not make for good illumination. Adequate, yes; good? 'Boutique'?!
* shower on the 'compact' end of spectrum (I am 1.68 m tall & 78 kg and USED to a compact shower at home)
* TV RECEPTION - AARRGGHH !!!
I have one of those 'last generation' CRT TVs (with a "fat back") @ home with a digital recorder & I have a better TV pic than the hotel's?!
Given it was the Dr Who 50th anniversary week, it was particularly disappointing ... Made me think, should have stayed at another hotel for the TV!
* Happened to check my credit card statement & saw the room charge from Jasper, then $1.00 or $1.50 again from Jasper. Did not touch anything in the snack bar OR fridge BUT did use up the milk
* a RED kettle with concealed element, stainless steel bottom would work really well with their existing decor/colour scheme & costs $19 at the local discount dept store
* given the packets of drinking choc, perhaps need to offer slightly larger containers of milk (125 ml or 250 ml packs)?
Would I come back? Hmmm ... Maybe... But for $150 per night (discounted online rate) and given the 'boutique' label, I expect a bit more. And imagine there would be other places in Melbourne which offered something equal or better ...
Suggest potential guests just drop their/your luggage & have the day out, don't worry about checking in until you've shopped or got your dose of culture or history. 1.30/2.00 pm to get to your room - just breaks up your day. Mea Culpa; arrived around 11.00 am and should have just planned to be away, NOT tried to get into my room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jasper Hotel, Melbourne’s vibrant boutique hotel located in the city’s CBD Market Precinct, offers contemporary 4 star accommodation, dining, extensive conference and meeting facilities – all complimented by a strikingly high level of service.Welcoming corporate, leisure and conference guests, the Jasper provides a full array of facilities including modern room and suite appointments, mini bar, LCD TV, 24 hour in room dining, 24 hour Reception, iPhone docking stations, wifi internet access plus indoor and outdoor dining at Jasper Kitchen 7 days a week.At the Jasper Hotel, the focus is to give our guests a truly memorable experience. At the Jasper, our service and attitude is not a process. It’s an instinct. ... more less
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