I stayed in the 1-bed suite, which faces away from the waterfront, but only cost around $160 per night. View is not unpleasant, facing a courtyard and modern office buildings. It seems that the room has been recently refurbished, and done to a very good standard.
- Clean, modern, tasteful and quite spacious
- separate kitchen/lounge area
- dimmable halogen lighting
- 2 lcd tvs with foxtel
- room tidied each day if requested
- blackout curtains
- adjustable aircond
- very central location
- not pokey
- polite and helpful staff
- 24 hour room service (I didn't use it, but it's there)
- w/machine, iron, cooking facilities, sink.
- double glazing in the bedroom so quiet at night
- door in bedroom opens onto a very small balcony, but it means you can get fresh air if you want it (but the noise comes with it!)
- full size fridge
- very little noise from neighbouring apartments.
- price is sensational for the location and quality
- on Wotif.com I got an upgrade to this room, from what I'm not sure. And... a free bottle of house wine. Nice!
- Queen bed (king would be better, but wouldn't suit the room size.)
- Bed is clean and not old, but dips a little in the middle. Not enough to worry anyone other than the most sensitive of sleepers (like me!)
- aircond outdoor units are noticeable, but not unpleasant or intrusive.
Overall, you won't find better value for money in Melbourne. It would suit business or pleasure, although for pleasure I think you would want the room with the view over the waterfront. That would be a very nice view.
I can't vouch for the quality of any of the other rooms, but my impression is that this is a hotel that has thought about the important things and isn't trying to be something it's not. No unpleasant surprises were found. Well done to Clarion!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated 200 meters from aquarium & 500 meters from casino, shops & Yarra River Cruises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Suites Gateway Hotel Melbourne
- Clarion Hotel Melbourne
- Clarion Melbourne
- Melbourne Clarion