To be greeted on arrival with the news that we had been automatically upgraded from a Studio to a Studio Suite had me impressed already. To then be told the hotel featured free wifi, free mini-bar, a happy hour with free (take from the fridge) drinks (beer and wine) and free grab n go breakfast I was more than excited about our three night stay in Melbourne for a trip to the Australian Open.
The Studio Suite room was ideal for couples, and although the studio would most likely have been cramped, the suite was spacious and allowed a relaxing couch space. The bathroom itself isn't small, rather no room was left for a basin/vanity so yes, brushing your teeth or doing anything where you would like a basin space to wash would be difficult. And the usual shower featuring half screen makes for a wet bathroom if you aren't careful. Bathroom is the only reason for not giving 5 stars!
The international tourists will love the benefit of free wifi - a rarity in Australian CBD hotels still, and locals and tourists alike, who could disagree with a few beers on a arrival, each night, and stocked up each day. Plus if you are on the go to get to events and activities, the pastries, juice and apple breakfast with coffee machine (free 24/7) means you can get into your day with food in your stomach.
The location is exactly what you need for any CBD events activities and perfect for sporting events in the Melbourne Park/MCG precinct. 1 min walk to tram stop. $8 cab to Southern Cross station or Crown Casino. The staff were a delight and more than accommodating to requests, including a late checkout and as promised, I will be recommending to friends. We will be back!
- 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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