CLARION SUITES GATEWAY
1 William St Melbourne. It adjoins Flinders St
A$ 249 per night
The blurb on their website describes this as a boutique Hotel.
Out Taxi journey from the airport was diabolical and the Indian driver started by repeatedly trying to bang down the boot lid on our cases to make them fit. It was obviously impossible and my wife demanded that one case be placed in the back seat area and this would solve the problem. His driving skills were questionable and after nearly missing the entry into William St, he turned suddenly, with a screech, to the door. He had to be asked to unload our baggage. He was totally indolent. We later discovered that the Indian population were revolting in the city centre. Most Taxis have Indian drivers.
This Hotel exuded a tacky outdated image from the lobby. Nevertheless It was late afternoon, we were tired so we decided to stay. Our Suite was out of the early1950s, a poor impractical layout and with worn out furnishing. The internet connection was dear and didn’t work. Although the view from the window was over the river Yarra to the South Bank, below was a busy, noisy railway and heavily trafficked road. My cousin, who was in the Federal Police in Melbourne, telephoned me and said that we should not stay as it was adjacent to an area with clubs, drugs and other places of ill repute. All seemed to stack against this place. It was expensive also. The next morning we checked out.
Whilst looking at another hotel in the centre of the city, I let upon a sign saying Somerset Serviced Suites. I enquired and after viewing a suite, which was a fraction of the price and far superior, booked in for our three remaining nights here.
You guess my recommendation!
- 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