We booked this place for 2 nights on check-in.com.au for a trip to the footy. Cost $183.50 and that seemed very cheap. Had real issues with parking our Toyota Camry. They have 42 rooms and only 14 car parks all for small cars. Street parking is limited to 1 hour only between 0700 and 2200 hrs. My vehicle was scratched by others in the same predicament of trying to park in miniscule spaces. 2 others complained to me of the their vehicles getting scratched and that is in just 2 days. Guess that is not a problem if you fly in to Melbourne. We were on the top floor and there is no lift. Bathroom is the smallest I have encountered but no cockroaches that I saw. Mind you you will have a problem shaving or putting on makeup in the dark. The lighting in the room was limited as 6 fittings were not functioning due to 5 bulbs missing and one blown. Probably good that we could not see too well.
Advertised that it had free wifi so took along my laptop. Gave up in frustration as it was not functioning. Went down to MacDonalds and connected instantly and sent some emails. Room photo showed a kitchenette with all the vegetables being prepared for cooking. No cooking utensils or hotplates at all in the room - some kitchenette with only a tiny microwave. Complained and they said they would get us a hotplate and saucepan. After about an hour we were given a portable hotplate that could not be used because the control knob was missing. Out to dinner it was.
Finally parked in the carpark down the lane at the side of the units. Got up early to head home to Adelaide only to find the lane blocked by another guests vehicle. Another couple were in the same boat and very upset as they too had a long drive ahead.
Reception unmanned but had a message saying any problem ring a mobile number. Did that several times but it was not answered and had no message bank. Reception supposed to open at 0830 but no one showed and eventually mobile was answered at 0855hrs. He said he was held up and would be there soon - sounded like he was in bed. I gave up and went and woke 41 other people until I found the clown who parked in driveway next to the tow away sign.
My advice is pay a few bucks more and avoid this place like the plague. The manager is rude and totally not commited to customer service. The place is a dump.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- George Powlett Apartments is located in the quiet exclusive area of East Melbourne, just a short stroll to the CBD, Markets, MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Fitzroy Gardens. The 43 Studio Apartments are suitable for up to 3 people and include ensuite bathroom, kitchenette, airconditioning and limited free car parking. Guest laundry and ironing room, Same day dry cleaning service, Business fax and photocopying service, Easy public transport access to CBD and many Melbourne attractions, Rooms serviced regularly (except Sundays). ... more less
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- George Powlett Apartments Hotel Melbourne