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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Parade Inn
Ranked #4 of 16 Melbourne B&B and Inns
Berrigan, Australia
1 review
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Positives: after booking a room advertised as having free wifi but being given a room without it, the friendly receptionist moved me to a different room. Also, management called to let me know I'd left my key in the door and I was allowed to use the carpark for an additional half hour while I was at an appointment.

That's where the good ends.

I'd booked a queen room that had the smallest queen bed (that looked suspiciously like a double) I've ever seen. The bed area was so squishy there wasn't room for a bedside table on both sides of the bed. I used a kitchen chair as a bedside table. The mattress was hard, the pillows were so firm I'd liken them to rocks. The bed coverings did not actually fit the bed (bottom sheet not long enough to tuck in), they used the triple sheet system that sees a sheet serve as a blanket cover. The blanket was thin and of very poor quality. What I dislike about the triple sheet system is that it doesn't work for a restless sleeper who ends up wrapped in a presumably unwashed blanket during the night.
The kitchen looked like it hadn't been upgraded since the motel was first built. The bathroom was dirty and so small that it was impossible to get to the shower while the bathroom door was opened. I've been in reasonably old caravan parks with nicer bathrooms.

Not sure how this place got its 3.5 star rating. The cleanliness, quality and facilities in my room(s) weren't of a 3.5 star standard. Do yourself a favour and spend the extra $20 a night on a better motel. Old facilities can still be nice if attention is paid to improving the guest experience in other areas. This motel seems to be cutting costs and basic comfort is not there.

Room Tip: If you want wifi, make sure you ask for a room at the front of the building. If you want a quiet ro...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Colleen O
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Traralgon, Australia
Level Contributor
163 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

I stayed here 2 nights and given the price (cheaper) in comparison to other motels I was pleasantly surprised with the room as it was nicer than I had expected. I was looking for somewhere near the State Netball & Hockey Centre and this was as convenient as I could imagine. I requested Internet access and was put in a room which had this, not all rooms do so you need to ensure you ask for this if you need it. Continental breakfast was included in the price of the room which was basic but convenient as well. A nice no frills budget priced place to stay which suited me perfectly. There was a lot of noise in the early Sat morning due to tram works on Royal Parade but this is not the inn's fault and the second night was quiet and I very near the front of the inn. I will stay here again if attending another event at the SNHC. Parking right outside your door is a plus. Reception were very helpful when asking questions about the local area.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Macca3477
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was very disappointed with our stay here. I had stayed when it was the Ramada Inn and found it to be comfortable and good value. This time round, it had changed hands and looked as though very little maintenance had been done since. The decor was shabby, there was a lack of power points and the ones that were there were very inconveniently located. The weather was very hot at the time of our stay, and the location of the air conditioner meant the cool air didn't circulate well to the bed around the corner of the room. There was only horrible UHT milk n the fridge and cheap and nasty tea bags.

But the thing that really annoyed me was that the website clearly advertised room service breakfast, but this was not available. When I raised this with reception they said room service was only for the spa room (really? Not made clear on the website!), but they would make an exception for me, and give me details later in the day. Well, I never heard any more about it. We gave up and went out for breakfast up the road, which was probably far nicer.

I also found it irritating that they had multiple signs exhorting you to save water, power, towels, etc for the sake of the environment, but absolutely NO facilities for guests to recycle any of their waste (as we have at home). So the effort had to be all the guests' way, it seems, and looks to be more motivated by cost saving on their part.

On the good side, it is in an excellent location, with a tram stop directly outside and a short walk to the interesting Sydney Road, Brunswick area.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elinor H
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

We stayed here in Jan 2014 - four of us (family) and found it great! Good breakfast included in price, lovely park nearby, trams across the road and city very close. the popular Sydney Road a walk away to great restaurants and bars. Very friendly staff. Would definitely stay again. De Gregorio family, Wellington.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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1 Thank linda d
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Sydney
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed in December 2013. It was clean, comfortable and the staff were friendly. The price includes a good breakfast. If you cycle, jog or enjoy walking the surrounding large parks, bike tracks and early 19th c. architecture are a feast for the eyes. We asked to borrow a microwave so they upgraded us to a bigger room with a kitchenette for no extra cost. City trams are right out front and the zoo is almost a walk away. A hidden gem. We will defenately stay here next time.

Room Tip: choose a room towards the front as they have better wifi connection. Noise is not an issue.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tonyxe
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

This motel is in a great spot if coming off the Hume Highway. Due to the unforeseen weather in Melbourne during late September the internet wasn't working, however it's not the be all and end all. The rooms are very clean and had all the amenities required for an 8 day stay. The resturant was of acceptable standard for breakfast. The beds were very comfy, the laundry facilities were an excellent addition. Onsite parking was plentiful, trams right out the front was welcomed.

Room Tip: Tram horns could be a problem for light sleepers or babies.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tracey H
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

a reasonably clean and comfortable for both of us, the price is quite cheap and close to tourist attractions makes this the best choice for me. and if i can suggest make a food very fast if order in the room

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sophia C
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Additional Information about Parade Inn

Property: Parade Inn
Address: 539 Royal Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia (Formerly Flag Inn Parkville)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
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Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Parade Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Parade Inn, offering traditional motel accommodation, located just 4km north of Melbourne’s CBD on Royal Parade, between Princes Park and Royal Park. Offering free onsite parking, easy access to the city via tram service, and breakfast in our bistro. Our AAA Toursim 3½ Star Rating and Golden Chain membership is your assurance of quality accommodation at a moderate price. ... more   less 

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