Stayed twice at this hotel. It's in a great location - right in the city centre. About 8 blocks walk from Queen Vic Markets, about 20 mins walk to Brunswick Street. It's a clean, modern, funky hotel with a bit of difference and novelty. I stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment on both stays - plenty of room, large comfortable bed, hot rainwater shower with great pressure, lovely selection of toiletries and a few other freebies such as the welcome snack bag with chocolates, and the take-away day bag (you'll find it in the cupboard). The room had a small refrigerator and in-room safe (with default settings changed). My first stay was in room 107 - just above the delivery roller-door so a bit of noise with the door and staff congregating/talking below, which traveled up to the room easily. Second stay was on the fifth floor, and much quieter. Traveled by taxi from the airport ($50 one way), so can't comment on car parking arrangements. Free! happy hour drinks a great idea, free newspapers in the foyer, and a free muffin/pastry breakfast available. Lots of reviewers also mention the (also free) coffee machine in the foyer too - a great and welcome idea. Umbrellas available from reception if Melbourne puts on it's usual wet weather! Nearby you'll find several 7eleven stores, and right next door is a great boutique beer place. Would recommend and would stay again.
- 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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