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“Perfect Position” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Clarion Suites Gateway
Ranked #28 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
corlette,Australia
1 review
“Perfect Position”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2009

We had the best "Mother, Daughter, Grand Daughter. holiday The position is excellent for shopping , the service and the staff
are excellent , I would recommend this Hotel to all
Regards Sunday9

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank sunday9
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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87 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2009

We are just back from a weekend in Melbourne staying at The Clarion Gateway Suites. We booked a one bedroom riverview room thru Wotif.com. We had 2 adults and 2 kids (11 and 6) and requested a King bed, double divan and rollaway. When we checked in we were upgraded to a Deluxe Riverview, which are a bit bigger than the "regular". We were on the 13th floor in a corner room. Great views up Flinders st, and, from bedroom and lounge, fantasitc views of the Yarra and Crown. We didnt get the rollaway as requested, but I figure the room upgrade outweighed that. Yes the trains and trams do go past on Flinders, but unless you are a very light sleeper they shoulkd be no bother. They are not unlike the rumble on the New York subway. Anyways the windows in the bedroom are sort of double glazed. As mentioned in another review, the bedroom is quite small with only 1 bedside table, but to counter that the King size bed is HUGE! And we were only there to sleep. The bedroom had adequate robe space, floor to ceiling windows, curtains that blocked out the light pretty good, a phone/alarm clock and a tv. The lounge had the same full length windows and good curtaining, a double divan that the kids slept on together, a flat screen LCD tv, a small stereo/cd player in the tv cabinet, an armchair, work desk and chair and 6 seat dining table. There was a small balcony that looked up Flinders st not really good for much as it is non smoking area, too small for more than one and quite noisy as the AC compressor takes up the other half of the balcony..All furniture and funishings were in good condition and there didnt appear to be any stains on the carpets. The kitchen was well equipped with all appliances including dishwasher (with soap) and a front loader washer/dryer and there appeared to be adequate crockery and cutlery for 4. The was a good size fridge/freezer with some mini bar items, but beware of doing the "ol switcheroo" with these items though they appear to be marked. The bathroom had a shower into the bath with good pressure and hot water supply, a vanity that was well lit, a hair dryer and soaps and shampoos in individual bottles. (the way I like them, not those horrible european pump things on the wall!) Once again, allthe bathroom fixture/fittings looked fairly new and clean. The lifts and common areas were clean and in good condition, there always appeared tro be staff cleaning and mopping everywhere even the front steps. The staff were very friendly and greeted guests with a smile smile and a greeting. The pool on level 5 is small, but adequate for the amount of people using it at the time we were there, but if there was a rush on to the pool it could fill up easily. There were also some tables and chairs to relax on poolside. Beware though the pool surround tiles are slippery. Check out was fast, and staff asked us about holding our bags for the day, before we had to ask them! We didnt use the hotel carparking so cant comment on it.
Location is excellent, close to trams on Flinders st, the Melbourne Aquarium, Crown and Southbank, 2 blocks to Spencer st and the tram to St Kilda. Maccas is 2 blocks uphill (on Collins) for brekky in the morning (the hotel restaurant and bar were being renovated while we were there). Be sure to keep an eye out (Really you cant miss it!) for the Fire show at The Crown, on the hour from 9pm. The whole room lights up, quite spectacular. And just over Queens bridge (opposite the hotel) is the Eureka Tower and the 88th floor lookout, well work the trip at dusk. Thre is a 20% off voucher in the tourist brouchures, brought the family ticket down to $31.50.
I can highly recommend Clarion Gateway Suites, for location, room space, staff and cleanliness.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Only one towell rack in bathroom
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Terry00seven
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Brisbane, Queensland
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52 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2009

Very conveniently located - directly opposite Crown casino and the happenings at Southbank.
The apartments were large, well stocked with everything you could need. Some small maintenance issues but on the whole above average furnishings. Bedroom is very small, and difficult to move around with only one bedside table but the rest of the apartment makes up for that.
Staff were good - especially the guy working on Xmas night (and again Boxing Day morning!). He was very friendly and helpful - remembering names and appearing geniune in his enquiries, a definite asset to this hotel.
Great views of Melbourne and the river from the apartments and a small walk to the tram.
Enjoyed the first day of the Boxing Day Test (which turned out to be the best day!) and won tickets to Wicked in their lottery. If you haven't heard about the Wicked lottery (Wicked is a great musical running at the Regent Theatre) then get along to the Regent Theatre 2.5 hours before a performance, put your name down in the drawer and cross your fingers. If your name is drawn out and you are present (drawn within the half hour window when people enter) then you 'win' front row tickets to the next performance for $30 each (as opposed to $120 full price). Great idea and well worthwhile entering - you never know your luck!

  • Liked — The views and location
  • Disliked — Small bedroom with little room to move around or unpack
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Billi_BNE
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2009

I stayed in a one-bed river view suite at the CSG for 11 nights over Christmas as an extension of a business trip. The hotel surpassed my expectations in several ways. The views are quite stunning - down to the MCG (the cricket ground) in one direction and over the river in the other. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the bed was particularly cosy. I was on the 13th floor so didn't get the noise that some reviewers have complained about. The kitchen was reasonably well-equipped and the bathroom was fine. The suite had a microwave, a fridge, a cooker, a dishwasher and a washing machine.

In terms of location CSG is excellent with Flinders St station a couple of minutes away, trams everywhere and some good food shops close by.

The wireless internet access isn't free and set me back $40/week which isn't clear from the CSG website. The pool is pretty small and there's no gym. You can get complimentary access to a health club across the street, though.

All in all I loved CSG and would happily go back tonight.

  • Liked — Location, comfort and the views
  • Disliked — Paying for the wireless internet access
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Justin_Dillon
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Geelong, Australia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lacked a little attention-to-detail
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank catdon75
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victoria
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2008

my husband and i only stayed 1 night but we were so impreesed with our stay. the staff were extremly friendly and very helpful. We were upgraded at no extra cost which was fantastic. The room was sensational with fabulous veiws of the city.The room consisted of a kitchenette lovely living area and a great king size bed.
We would definately recommend the Clarion Suites Gateway to anyone. it would be perfect for a short or longer stay.
thank you again to all the staff for making our stay one to remember.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank fonty04
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Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
74 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2008

Booked off wotif...
We were given an upgrade at check in ...into a one bedroom suite.
Room was Ok, but bedroom right next to the lifts, that were a bit loud during the night.
At the back of the hotel kept us away from the traffic noise.

Plus - Generally clean rooms - apart from the carpet.
Plus- comfy bed
Plus- Location

Negative- no window to open, if you want fresh air.
Negative- a bit exxy on the carpark charge.

All in all, a good stay in a central location.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — no opening windows
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
Thank travelforsnow
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Property: Clarion Suites Gateway
Address: 1 William St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#25 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#27 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#31 Business Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Clarion Suites Gateway 4.5*
Number of rooms: 122
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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