I have had 2 stays at 2 different hotels in Melbourne recently. I'm surprised that the Clarion Suites currently rates better (by a few places) on tripadvisor compared to Mantra on Russell. My stay at Clarion Suites was ok; but not quite as good as Mantra on Russell. Here's why:
The carpark was a little scary - hard to maneouvre around and some steep bits.
The balcony in my room on the 17th floor was even scarier - it was about 1.5 x 1 metre and the floor was like a metal grate that you could see through... Also, the day I arrived, it was a very windy day, and there was a horrible high-pitched noise of the wind coming through a crack in the door to the balcony.
When I booked, I said a view would be nice - the view I got was a reflection of the Yarra and Crown in the window of a neighbouring buliding.
There was no bath in the room, and no spa in the pool area.
The room was fairly clean I guess - a few hairs and crumbs here and there. I have seen better attention-to-detail before. The cutlery wasn't entirely clean, chipped crockery, etc.
The room service food wasn't that great - limp salad with my steak; apple and berry crumble wasn't the best.
This can't be helped, but - I had noisy neighbours. I managed to get a good sleep though.
This sounds all fairly negative so far! On a good note, it had a bedroom separate to the open plan kitchen/lounge area. The location was great for the wedding I attended at the Treasury at the Sebel. I imagine the location is also great if you have a function at Crown or Southbank.
- 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