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“Interesting Ovolo”
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Ovolo Laneways
Ranked #15 of 159 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting Ovolo”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

My daughter and I stayed at the Ovolo recently whilst we were wedding dress shopping. The front staff were young and friendly and the room very clean and large. We loved the bathroom products and the free mini bar, though we only used the water. The loot bag was a great touch. The best thing was the perfect location. Just around the corner from the European cafe, Chinatown, the Princess theatre and His Majesty's theatre, and close to the circle tram route and Burke Street. We loved the casual breakfast that we could take with us if we were in a hurry. Next time we come to Melbourne, we will be staying here.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Lynda M
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Lynda M,

Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your stay.

I hope your daughter found the perfect wedding dress, there are some amazing boutiques in Melbourne. And Congratulations on the upcoming wedding also.

Hope to see you back at the hotel soon.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Excellent hotel located close to many great bars, restaurants and coffee shops literally around the corner or at the end of the street! Best parts: location, friendly staff willing to go the extra mile, design of the hotel, free breakfast, mini bar, wifi and I could go on.. Only complaint if any is that it seemed a bit noisy on one or two occasions from the floors above. But it didn't bother us too much. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Caitlin S,

Thanks for the review!

Glad to hear you had a great stay at the hotel, minus the occasional noise which was hopefully and isolated incident.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2014

My last hotel in Melbourne was the dreadful Mercure Welcome (do not stay there!) so I was thrilled with the fabulous Ovolo.
It is exactly what I like in a city like Melbourne where you spend most of your time outside the hotel - close to the action (right in between Longrain, Madame Brussels and Grossi Florentino - what more could you want?), relatively spacious and with all the technology my partner seems to desire (Free WIFI, Apple TV etc).

The free 'loot bags', mini bar and happy hour are all a nice touch. I didn't take advantage of the 'grab n go' breakfast.

Having seen some of the reviews stating that the Ovolo was very noisy, I have to disagree. We booked in there as I was doing an exam in Melbourne and needed to be at Caulfield Racecourse at 8.30am the next day. I slept like a dream and didn't hear any noise in our suite.

I was very appreciative of the staff. We had booked a 1 bedroom suite but they upgraded us for free to a 2 bedroom suite. The next morning, my carefully booked taxi never showed up (right what you need before an exam!) and the staff went above and beyond their roles to ensure I got a taxi.

I plan on staying at the Ovolo for my future Melbourne adventures.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Eva M,

Thanks for the great review on the hotel, glad to hear you had a wonderful time at the hotel and in Melbourne.

Good luck with your Exams! We hope to have you back in Melbourne soon.

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great little modern hotel with good separate lounge space, quirky extras like lot bag, nice silk herbal tea bags, bean bag, really good central location, fairly quiet. Only down side tiny bathroom with very small useless basin but nice big shower. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Higher floors may have better outlook ab Nod quieter A/C noise
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Barb H,

Many thanks for the great review, great to hear you had a wonderful stay.

We hope to see you back at the hotel soon.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

We stayed at the Ovolo hotel in a two bedroom suite for 4 nights and had a fantastic stay. The room was very clean and was serviced every day with fresh towels and a mini bar top up. The free mini bar was a fantastic idea, definitely came in handy for pre-dinner drinks. The grab and go breakfast was also a great idea even though we only took advantage of it once, they had delicious mini pastries, muffins and banana bread and not to mention the coffee machine. The staff were very friendly and helpful, I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Dear slwalters,

Thanks for the great review.

I am so pleased to hear that you had a great time during your stay and took advantage of the Ovolo inclusions.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Orange
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Perfect weekend away. Grab and go breakfast was a hit and the location is within walking distance from all that Melbourne has to offer. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Will be telling all my friends to book there in future.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Thank Clifty87
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Dear Clifty87,

Many thanks for the great review. I am pleased to hear that you had a great stay.

We would be delighted to have you back at the hotel again.

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stayed at Ovolo at Little Bourke St Melbourne for the weekend in July 2014 . Nice vibe, good sized room (25sqm) we liked the all in price approach. Friendly and helpful staff. Nice touches like the loot bag are fun. Only criticism is the quality of the white wine. In a country like Australia there really is no excuse for serving crap wine Ovolo

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kelly O, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Dear Mike L

Thanks for the review. I am glad to hear you had an overall great stay at the hotel.

As for the wine. We don't generally get negative comments on this but I understand it might not appeal to everyone. In saying this, it is time for a change and you will be pleased to know that we are in talks with a small winery in the yarra valley about our own wine being supplied.

Hopefully this will be underway when you next stay and you can test it out for us :)

Regards,

Kelly O'Neill
General Manager
Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
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Property: 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 #15 of 159 Hotels in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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