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Ovolo Laneways
Ranked #14 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had an amazing experience. The staff was particularly friendly, Stacey and Gemma were constantly giving us tips for how to see the best of Melbourne. The breakfast, mini-bar, and other extras were a nice touch that I haven't seen done in other hotels. All in, just an excellent stay and I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Had a great 2 night stay at the new Ovolo. We loved it and would definitely stay there again. The free mini bar and the welcome package was nice, and the room, though quite small, had everything in it. Lovely rain shower and nice amenities. The wifi was fast and most of all FREE! The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast pastries were super fresh, but if you stay any length of time it would be a bit boring and unhealthy. Location is great and an easy walk up Bourke street.
TIP: I found a rate on wotif that was cheaper than the rates for the same dates on the Ovolo site, but they matched it without any hassles. Thus saving a quick $60!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We recently stayed for four nights at the Ovolo. The room and bathroom were clean and the bed reasonably comfortable.
The "free WiFi" would have been nice had we been able to actually connect for more than 3 minutes at a time.
On one morning of our stay the mini muffins and pastries provided for breakfast were frozen, although, in fairness, the staff were most apologetic about this.
The day before we checked out, Housekeeping removed our used towels but didn't replace them so we had to ask for fresh ones for the following morning's shower.
Despite these little glitches our stay was quite pleasant. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We Stayed at the Ovolo on Saturday night for my hens night. The one thing that stood out was the AMAZING customer service and all the little perks that they supplied. The staff were friendly, helpful and went above and beyond for my friends and I. The rooms were pretty soundproof and the beds were amazing to fall into. Free Coffee, Free minibar and the free "loot bag" were amazing extra touches that just made the experience even more special. More hotels need to take a leaf out of the Ovolo book - We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MissDana84
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Fantastic boutique hotel with lots of little extras to make it great value. Well appointed rooms and great staff, made us feel comfortable and welcome. Couldn't be closer to Princess Theatre. Don't forget to get the discount ticket for parking on Bourke street on check out. Parked for 24 hours for $15.

Room Tip: Room facing little Bourne was slightly noisy on a Saturday night.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed at the Ovolo in Melbourne and found it a very pleasant surprise to have free snacks and free basic minibar provided. Papers were also complimentary and the location near the edge of China Town suited our needs perfectly. A bit different to your normal boring hotel and extremely good value. We thought the level of security to use the lifts was also very good.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had a fabulous long week end in the two bedroom apartment with our teens. The property is on the China Town strip but away from the street noise. All that is promised in the property website is delivered including the best service, a range of delicious pastries for breakfast, 24/7 access to cappuccino machine and a Happy Hour drinks, all free! We were lucky to get late check out, as our flight was in the evening. There was a generous provision of the amenities as well with a message on the bathroom counter saying if you forgot any toiletries, contact staff! Plasma tvs in each room and the living space. Congratulations to the owner/management! Here's someone thinking out of the square and onto a winner. The generosity was too good to be true and will have us going back each time! The beds were a little soft.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ovolo Laneways

Address: 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Chinatown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range: $162 - $331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo Laneways 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
See the world in colour! Inspired by the hidden laneways and street art that Melbourne is known for, this 43-room boutique hotel is your perfect opportunity to embrace the culture and enjoy effortless living in the heart of the city. Within the unsuspecting charcoal facade is a realm of hidden surprises. Be prepared to be taken on an exciting sensory journey from the dramatic and smart concierge-style reception, through dimly-lit corridors accentuated by brightly coloured doors and illuminated custom artwork, before arriving at the calming and restorative guest rooms. Six distinct room types provide an uncluttered and trendy approach to urban living with seamless integration of the Ovolo touch – all the little things that make effortless living a reality for the modern, tech-savvy traveller. Smart space planning, diverse furniture and joinery components allow guests to reconfigure the rooms to suit their unique purposes. Designed to impress, Ovolo Laneways also features three penthouse suites complete with outdoor rooftop terraces and supercharged offerings. Whether you are travelling as a group or hosting an intimate party, this is the ultimate “rich friend’s house” for your crowd to celebrate or relax against the backdrop of Melbourne city skyline. Situated at the top pocket of Little Bourke Street surrounded by theatres, restaurants and bars, the hotel is literally footsteps away from all that Melbourne has to offer. But really, who needs to go anywhere when your room rate already includes everything? Grab N’ Go breakfast*, Wi-Fi, mini bar, self-service laundry, happy hour*, gym access? – Yep, all free. *only when you book direct on Ovolo Hotels website ... more   less 
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