These apartments are in a building with a lot of history which we found really interesting. It also means that the buildings are old fashioned - ie over a hundred years old. So it's not all that easy to get around, and not recommended if you find stairs difficult. We booked a one-bedroom apartment, and when we got into it found that the airconditioning didn't work, the bedroom window was jammed closed, and the shower didn't work (would not mix hot and cold). Not a good start! However, we asked to be moved, and they moved us to a completely different type of apartment at the front of the building (less spacious and modern in fit-out, but more interesting) where everything worked. (However even in that apartment the bathroom fittings were a bit shonky, and the shower wasn't clean.) We enjoyed the stay after that, and appreciated the pool on a hot weekend. We also liked the small touches, such as a small library area near the pool which would be great for people who have been travelling for a while.
The rooms are arranged around two internal courtyards, one covered and one not covered. If you like a lie-in you could well be annoyed, as we were, by inconsiderate early-riser guests talking loudly.
There is a small cafe for breakfast but as there are so many 7-11 stores nearby you probably don't need this. There are scores of restaurants within a few minutes' walk and it is handy for any city centre activity and theatres. Parking is a bit tricky in the recommended car park, but OK when you get the hang of it, although I would recommend bringing a small car if possible, to avoid stress.
This would definitely now be our first-choice for an apartment stay in the city centre, as it is so much nicer than the other soulless alternatives. However I would ring ahead and check which room I was getting.
- 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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