Our first visit to Somerset Gordon was in 2006. We've been back in 2007 and will do so in 2008. It's a rare find to have this place smack bang in the middle of it all. Melbourne in January is a 'tad warm'. The pool is a godsend, as are the air conditioned rooms, with great kitchen and washing facilities. We liked the heritage building, the nice entranceway, and the feeling of spaciousness. Additionally being close enough to the CBD, but then to the great shopping spots in Brunswick and Fitzroy was a plus.
Some things to watch for: The supplies. The second year saw us having a daily battle with toilet paper, washing powder etc - it was very hit and miss. The solution - be more assertive, and on your way back from shopping, simply ask at Reception. Reception is amazingly helpful, maybe they just have trouble connecting with the housekeeping staff. We found the hot water in the showers also a bit of a lucky draw. Not too much of a hassle as it was so hot, a lukewarm shower wasn't a problem. Lastly - watch out for the internet charge. We followed the instructions given and unplugged after use, but were still stung for the 24 hr usage per day it seemed at the end of our visit. It cost us enough to this year consider using internet cafe's - perhaps though a call to the reception on the first go to clarify will also prevent this in the future.
Overall - we will continue to come back - the location is brilliant, even if the pool may be crowded, again, you still will find a spot - and what other place will let you in the middle of the CBD go shopping, do lunch, get an icecream at Trampoline, stroll back and then include an afternoon sunbathe and swim on the agenda before a night in a Melbourne restaurant. The other hotels just don't seem to compare with this light filled spacious feeling gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Quest Gordon Place - a quality National Trust listed property which offers a unique and stylish accommodation option in the heart of Melbourne CBD. We offer a range of studio, one and two bedroom fully equipped apartments surrounding a beautiful inner courtyard, located in the heart of the world-renowned theatre district and the top end of bustling Chinatown. All guests have access to our onsite restaurant Deli 1884, outdoor heated swimming pool and BBQ area. Our room rates include broadband internet access (300MB daily limit) and local telephone calls. ***PLEASE NOTE: As of 1st June 2015 Quest on Lonsdale and Quest Gordon Place will operate from one combined Reception Desk open 24 hrs 7 days per week - located at 43 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. To check in for your booking at Quest Gordon Place please arrive with your booking documentation to 43 Lonsdale Street. *** This spacious property is ideal for the business and leisure traveller offering fully equipped apartments including kitchen and laundry facilities and an outdoor heated pool. This is a fully non-smoking property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quest Gordon Place Hotel Melbourne