This was a family trip for me to Melbourne. I was there for 9 days with my wife and 2 kids (a 4yrs old and a 6yrs old one). The last time I was in Melbourne was 12 years back when I studied at Monash Uni Caulfield Campus. Though I was there in Melbourne for over 3 yrs during my student days , I dint take a chance and did my homework as I do for all trips.
We figured out that we will want to live close to the city so that we had access to shopping, nightlife and choise of resturants. Southbank was our best option. Gem apartments thats basically run by Ms.Killie offered us a 2 bedroom 2 bath fully furnished appartment on the 35th floor overlooking the city @ No1, Freshwater Place,Southbank. We paid 2400AUD for 8 nights stay. This price includes the free secure carparking. We hired a car for the entire stay so we thought this was a added advantage for us .
The apartment on the whole is located in the Heart of Southbank. Just 2 mins walk to CDB, 5 mins walk to Crown Casino and 2 mins to the Euraka Towers shydeck, 5 mins walk to Federation squire and the Flinders street station.
Our apartment was on the 35th floor and the number was 3505. It was great it had the best views of the city and the decor was just posh and I would say equlent to any 5 star hotel room. The kitchen was fully equpped with all the things you can think and ask for to cook. The 2ed bath had the washing machine and the dryer. In all my wife really dint feel the difference it was like a full fleged home for us during out stay there.
They have a lovely indoor heated swiming pool and a huge gym on the 10th floor. If you need the apartment to be cleaned and the lenins changed just inform Killie and she can get it organised for you. There is an charge of 70AUD for the full clean and the compleat towles and lenin change though. But it was done perfectly as we tried that too in the middle of the week.
In all I think it was a great place if you are looking for more space and not a hotel room. We had a great stay and the only letdown was there was no safety lockers in the apartment. So we were carrying our passports and cash all the time. Apart from that I guess there was absolutely nothing that was a minus at all. We will definetly go back there when we are in Melbourne again.
Ms. Killie ( Manager of Gem Apartments)
Get in touch and she is of great help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gem Apartments are a select group of Melbourne luxury apartments in Southbank and inner suburbs which offer guests spectacular views, central location, extra space and the touches of home. Our apartments are individually owned and located in different buildings, offering guests diversity to meet your needs. Gem Apartments provides the perfect Convention Centre & Exhibition centre accommodation in Melbourne. Our apartments are well equipped and perfectly suited for family, holiday, couples and corporate apartment accommodation. They are also ideal as short term accommodation if you are moving to Melbourne.Each Gem Apartment has fantastic views, open and airy, resort style facilities, central location, quality furniture and decor, broadband internet, secure parking for one car, flat screen televisions and pay tv, fully equipped kitchen to suit the needs of longer stays ... more less
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