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Econo Lodge City Square Motel
Ranked #122 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic city location! Right near Flinders st station. Hidden behind a money exchange place so we did have some trouble finding it! Very safe and secure! Friendly staff. Discount parking close by. Rooms neat and tidy budget accommodation. Bathrooms need an upgrade. The porcelain on the bath was badly chipped off. Need new heaters also- very old. Service was great- easy to book via email. Unfortunately my iPhone charger went missing. It was left there with my sisters phone charger in the same power point and oddly enough, the maids found her charger but not my iPhone one... Definitely recommend you stay here- just don't leave your iPhone charger behind!!! ;)

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lyndell_f
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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George Town, Malaysia
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67 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

When you reach this location, you might not even realise that there is a motel as it is situated right in the heart of Swanston Street, where all the hustle and bustle is. It is situated right in front of the tram stop for Swanston/Collins street. And there's no problem obtaining food as there are lots of fast food joints and small little cafes around. Federation Square (the meeting point in Melbourne) is just a short 5 mins away and so is Flinders St Station, the main train station in Melbourne. Even though it is located in such a busy street, you can barely hear any noise at all from your room. The room is perfectly equipped with the necessities you need and even has FREE breakfast for you consisting of bread, butter, jam and milk! What more can you ask for? There is a microwave over, kettle and toaster for your convenience if you want to make a quick snack for breakfast before you head out for your day. You might also like to know there is a laundry room available and a small charge is incurred to use the washer and dryer.

The only down side is that the cab will not be able to stop right in front of the motel as Swanston street is occupied by trams and not cars. So, the only option is to get your cab to stop either along Flinders Street or any small roads that lead to Swanston. If you need to get a cab to the airport, you may always ask the receptionist to help you with that. They know exactly where to get the cab to wait for you. It was definitely a good choice staying here - simple, convenient and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank jamoca84
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Room was very clean and had been recently renovated. Nice accommodation for a long weekend away. Room was ready early so we were allowed to check in early. Also benefits of the packaged we booked included a complimentary bottle of wine and late check out. We stayed on the third floor without any issues. The windows appeared to be double glazed which was good considering the peak time of the Easter long weekend, tram stop at front, night noise and the comedy festival at town hall (adjacent).

Easy walk to Bourke Street from hotel, Flinders Station and 10 min walk to Southbank and casino. On the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street the horses carriages line up and a city tour at this time was $100 for 30mins.

The hotel features include flat screen television, mini fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, hotel also provided tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter and spreads for light breakfast in room. The room also had table and chairs for two and a couch. The room also featured a queen bed, iron, fan and air con. There is also a guest laundry and hair dryer in the bathroom. The bathroom like the room was also clean and tidy. Think the pictures speak for themselves. The worst part was the Sky bus complimentary hotel shuttle service to the hotel other than that had a good trip to Melbourne.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank hamstar_7
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Sydney
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95 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

The location is unbeatable. The price is so affordable but still not worth what you get. The rooms are unloved and unclean and in desperate need of updating and maintenance. The air conditioner was pointless and kept us up all night with its shocking noise. The bed and furnishings were less than average. The staff are almost never around and the check in "gentleman" was rude, condescending and sarcastic. Tough situation when there are noisy guests in the middle of the night or other issues. Wouldn't even consider this place again.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mack1975
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Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This budget motel is in a very central locaion in the CBD & is in waking distance to most Melbourne highlights.
The rooms are large but very basic, the bathroom smelt funny & wasn't the cleanest i've been in but for the price I really couldn't complain.

The noise from the trams on Swanston St were a little annoying late at night (as was the pedestrian noise). I personally wouldn't stay there again unless I'm in Melb just for 1 night & was alone.
Great for the budget traveller/backpacker.

Room Tip: Stay up as high as possible to minimise the tram noise
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank jdelor
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King Island, Australia
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

after staying on my last visit to melbourne at a budget hotel on spencer street ,i was not expecting much from the city square motel.iwas wrong ,the room was small but the room was spotless the toilet and shower area was sparkling clean and the bed was super comfortable.check in and out was quick and easy and the location is close to everything you could possibly need.if you a looking for a basic motel room then you should consider this motel .there is some motels in melbourne that are way below standard ,this is not one of them

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank GrumpyOldFella1958
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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I'm writing this while I'm in my hotel room. First, there is no one at the reception past 10 p.m. so it is impossible to address any issues after staff leaves for the night. My room isn't clean. I found food from the previous occupant in the mini-fridge and there is no duvet cover on the duvet. The pillows are awful-all three of them are flat, yet very lumpy. I have had to abandon them entirely and will improvise with a towel and sweatshirt. Perhaps, the worst offense in this room is that the A/c unit and the mini-fridge make loud clicking noises. I unplugged the frige, but there is no such option for the A/c (even in the off state, it makes noises). I fear sleep will be impossible tonight! If only there was someone on staff to address these issues.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Mel727
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Additional Information about Econo Lodge City Square Motel

Property: Econo Lodge City Square Motel
Address: 67 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly The City Square Motel)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Econo Lodge City Square Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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