My husband and I stayed at the Rendezvous in Melbourne to attend the F1 Grand Prix in mid-March 2013. We arrived at the hotel at about 1.30pm and did not expect to be able to check in, but just wanted to drop off our bags and head out again. Without any issue, we were checked in and were able to go straight to our room.
The room was a good size, with a comfortable bed, a beautiful large arm chair, a big desk and desk chair. Everything was clean, neat and tidy and nicely decorated. The bathroom was normal size for a hotel. We were supplied extra towels and a note saying there are issues with the bathroom flooding due to there only being a short glass wall in the shower (they say this is to be fixed during their refurbishments). The bathroom did indeed flood, caused more by slow drainage than by splashing from the shower.
Breakfast provided a wide and tasty selection of hot and cold meals and beverages. On our first morning at breakfast we were told we weren't on the breakfast list, even though breakfast had been booked in advance. We were told to have breakfast anyway and it would be sorted with reception. On the second morning the same thing happened again! It was again sorted without any fuss and we enjoyed our breakfast.
The hotel location is very convenient to the CBD and Crown just across the river. Flinders Street however does not feel very nice to walk down at night.
All in all, our stay was comfortable and we would stay there again.
If booking online direct with the hotel, keep an eye on your bank statement to see if they have charged your stay at the time of booking or not - we got a shock when we were asked to pay on departure as we'd assumed (but hadn't checked) that it had already been paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Australia's finest historic hotels. Built in 1912, this meticulously restored hotel retains the elegant style of the early 1900s while providing you with all the convenience of 21st century technology and amenities ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melbourne Rendezvous Hotel