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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Ranked #64 of 159 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Compact but Comfortable”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights in June for work as had a conference there.
The room was on the smaller size, but sufficient for 1 person. It had a good comfortable bed, good sized desk and a single chair.

The bed was made up with a doona but no sheets - more eurpoean. This would have been OK if Melbourne was colder, but it was slightly warmer than you'd expect so I had to try and turn the A/C down. Trouble was the best I could achieve was 22 degrees (set at 20) and it was too hot for the bedding. The A/C made the room a bit dry for me. Had disturbed sleep as a result.

The bathroom was compact but done well - very nice. It had a timed sensor light so no need to find the switch in the middle of the night. Towels were changed daily (even when hung up). Shower head was generous. Water temperature good but not blistering hot. Good hairdryer in drawer. Toilet was close to shower entry so after you'd showered you did have to step in splashed water to use the wc but I just left the mat down.

The mini bar was average in terms of choice, but prices good (cheaper than 7 eleven).
Ipod dock in the room came in handy for charing the phone when my cable broke.
Took my own optus wi-fi but couldn't get optus signal in the room very opten.

Absolutely no view - just wall opposite, and from level 5 still couldn't see the sky up the narrow court.

Room service was good. Meal nice and portions good, arrived in specified time and cost was acceptable.

Breakfast in the restaurant was a standard buffet. Nothing to rave about. Choice of 3 or 4 juices. MYO coffee machine. Choice leaf tea or bags. About 4 cereals and selection of dried fruits to top them. None of the cereals was what I'd eat normally. Good array of fresh and tinned fruit, yoghurts and bircher museli (a little sweeter than I was used to). A few pastries to choose from. Toast machine coud have been turned to darker. Bread was nice. Hot buffet changed a little each day but the usual suspects.

Location worked for me.. couldn't complain.
Would consider this hotel again if just for a short trip.

Room Tip: Maybe a room that has a view if you can...not so claustrophobic..
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Although this review if titled shocking experience out actual experience was not that bad. Staff at this motel are very polite, very helpful and professional and the reception area is lovely. The room we stayed in was not really in keeping with the reception area and the Superior room we stayed in looks bigger on the web than it is in person to actually stay in, however when your out all day and only there to sleep it is fine. They only have a few rooms with baths in so if you are after a bath you need to make sure you ask for a room with one, if available.
Shocking.... where does this come from... well, I turned off the bedside lamp and the switch gave me a little zap. Not ideal for a lamp that had been safety checked a month earlier. Staff were very apologetic about this.
The walls is our room, especially by the bed had dirty scuff marks on it. The bathroom was very small and there was black mould on the glass screen sealant in the shower base.
All in all not a bad experience but for the small room, the shock and the mould.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at the Rendezvous late May 2013. Had read conflicting reviews on this hotel, so was a tiny bit apprehensive. But ... it was great, room on 9th floor was quiet, smallish but suited us (our ensuite is roughly the same size as the bathroom, so no problems there). Great location being so central & close to the city centre, etc. We were warmly greeted, but as we were early our room wasn't ready (so stored our bags & went walking!!!) Loved the bar staff (so welcoming and friendly) when we went for a drinkie in the early evening. Only let-down was the restaurant - they really do need to improve. Also, check your bill at the end of your stay as we were charged for things that we did not eat/drink, but it was sorted. Overall, we would definitely stay at the Rendezvous again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The hotel's initial impression is great, lovely old building, lobby etc. Staff pleasant and helpful, breakfast was good. Rooms are quite small and have been refurbished, although not in keeping with the style with the rest of the hotel, and perhaps some fixtures and fittings look a bit cheap.
Big thumbs up to the housekeeping and reception staff - we left our iPad in the room and one we phoned it was chased up and found immediately. Thanks.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We stayed mid week at this hotel & despite reading all the bad reviews thought they might be unjustified. They definitely weren't! Rooms the size of the double bed, and thats it, no light as window blocked by bathroom, charged $61 instead of $25 for parking because of a clerical error which they weren't able to fix. Overall I've stayed at hostels far better than that. The only thing that is 4.5 stars is the appearance of reception.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We spent a night here with friends as a weekend getaway. The hotel was clean and well presented, all of the staff were very friendly. We indulged in High Tea and thought it was great. The only drawback to the room was the size of the bathroom, but it was more than adequate for what we needed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

After staying at this hotel for 3 nights we would definitely come back due to the old world charm and fantastic location. Having said that the bathrooms are very small. The hotel needs to show some imagination and utilise this space better. The bathroom becomes even smaller with the door opening inwards. If you don't mind stepping into the shower to get around your partner in the bathroom that's fine, otherwise why don't that have a folding door or the very least have the door open outwards towards the window where the space isn't being used. This might sound pedantic but it does take away from the overall experience.
Overall this is a top hotel and would highly recommend this to all and sundry.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Address: 328 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#44 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#48 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#53 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#61 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne 4.5*
Number of rooms: 340
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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