We took a family trip to Melbourne on 26 December 2008 for 4 days. The main purpose was some shopping and going to the theatre. Our group was parents, an adult child and a teenager.
Our last few stays in Melbourne were at apartments on St Kilda Road near Albert Park, but they did not appear to exist any more, so we opted for right in the city. The Somerset Gordon Place turned out to be a great choice, and we had a very enjoyable stay there.
We booked quite late, and with the Test on we could not get a 2 bedroom 4 bed apartment. We opted for 2 bedrooms, one with a queen, and one single. Out teenaged son was happy to sleep on an extra bed in the living room.
The apartment has a great location on Little Bourke Street, between China Town and Spring Street, near the Parliament House Metro Station. The tram was only a block away, but we walked everywhere, so didn't use it this trip. There is a convenience store around the corner, and restaurants and bars all along the street.
We booked using Entertainment Card rates,. When I called to let them know we would be arriving in the early evening we were warned that parking was a block and a half away on Lonsdale Street, so my husband dropped us and the luggage off to check in while he parked. It is a public car park and the hotel validates your ticket. It cost $68 for 4 days, which in inner Melbourne seemed to be a bargain.
Our room cost $220 per night for 3, with $40 per night for the extra bed.
The building is charming, in an old red brick warehouse style. Rooms are around two atria, one with a glass roof that acts as a lounge area, the other with a pool and bbq area. To access our room there were a couple of steps, so it would not have been suitable for wheelchairs. I understand that the studio rooms may be on a lower level. There is a lift.
Our apartment was a good size, and felt more spacious as it had 15 foot ceilings. It had attractive neutral decor and was very clean. We had large windows, and french doors on to a small court yard. The bathroom had a shower only, with the room for a bath taken up with a washer and dryer. There was plenty of bench space for the 4 of us. The kitchen had a dishwasher, microwave and the usual crockery. The tv had foxsport and cable news, and there was a dvd player.
The beds were comfy, and they have a pillow menu.
The only criticism of the room was that in the living area our son complained of plumbing noise from the bathroom. The plumbing and hot water run through the kitchen. This would only be an issue if you were using the living room as a bedroom, as he was.
The family loved the pool, and we all used the small gym, sauna and spa. The barbecue seemed popular and lots of guests ate at the outdoor tables.
The staff was friendly and very helpful. They promptly brought extra towels when asked, and a broken bedside clock was cheerfully looked at and quickly replaced. I saw small female staff members hauling luggage for people. When we ran out of toilet paper the guy on reception sprinted off to get extra rolls.
I would definitely stay there again, as the location was great, and it was like an oasis in the city .
- 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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