My husband and I were lucky enough to get a lovely room on the 19th floor of this hotel for our recent long weekend stay and I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone visiting Melbourne - particularly if you can manage to get a room on the upper floors as we did.
The room was fresh and modern, with a really cool decal wallpaper of some of Melbourne's buildings along one wall. The full kitchen would have been useful if we weren't so keen to get out and sample all the amazing food Melbourne has to offer for every single meal, so we only really used the fridge and tea and coffee, but it was nice to have all the same. The little dish-drawer dishwasher was a nice touch as well.
There was plenty of space to have 2 suitcases on the floor and not be tripping over them, which is always a bonus, but we stored them in the nice big wardrobe anyway as there was plenty of space in it. A few more drawers for storage of clothes would be nice though, as there were only a couple of small bedside drawers on either side of the bed. But not a big deal and we made do. The TV was recessed into the wall, which meant no wasted space with a big annoying telly cabinet jutting out into the room, and was nicely placed to be able to lie in bed comfortably to watch it.
The bed was incredbily comfortable - quite firm with nice big comfy pillows. And there was a nice wee table and chairs setting and a beanbag-type chair for extra seating options as well. The balcony was great and we enjoyed evening drinkies while admiring the view every night - but strangely enough only one chair to go with the table on the balcony, so we had to drag one of the chairs from inside so we could both sit on the balcony together.
The bathroom was a moderate size and the shower nice and spacious with a lovely rain shower head. However, the basin took up almost all of the vanity space and so there was little room to put toiletries out, other than a wee tiny shelf under the vanity mirror, which didn't hold very much. Effective extractor fan in the bathroom but it still got pretty hot in there after running the shower for a bit.
We didn't hear any noise from other rooms in our room, but we were aware of the odd shudder down the hallway when people had obviously closed their door quite forcefully. We also noticed one particular room that must've had their TV up as loud as it would possibly go each time we walked down the hall to the elevator as we could hear the TV loud and clear through their door in the hallway and we dread to think what their neighbours must have put up with. So perhaps only soundproof to a regular extent.
The best thing of all was the amazing view from our room. We were on the 19th floor and on the Flagstaff Gardens side of the hotel and we could've stood and stared at the view for hours - made for amazing photos of sunrise, sunset and evening lights. I'm not sure I would have been as impressed if we'd been on a lower floor and/or the side of the building facing away from William St.
Location-wise, it's a wee bit of a hike to what we'd consider 'downtown' Melbourne. There's a train station just across the road but it's frustratingly closed on Saturdays and Sundays - about a 12 min stroll to the next nearest train station at Melbourne Central and by then you're pretty much in downtown anyway. Tram stations nice and close by but, depending on how far you're going, by the time you wait for a tram you possibly could have walked to your destination in the same amount of time. Queen Vic Markets is a very short walk away and the nearest supermarket we found was at Melbourne Central, about 12-13 mins walk away. We got the free hotel transfer bus with Sky Bus to get to and from Southern Cross Station when getting to and from the airport as it's probably a little far to walk with luggage. Flagstaff Gardens across the road are also nice for a walk in - particularly after dark when they are full of possums in the trees (bit of a night safari of sorts!).
Would stay at this hotel on our next visit to Melbourne with no hesitation and will be highly recommending it to anyone going there in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a backdrop of outstanding shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, Oaks on William is perfectly located within the heart of the legal, education and medical precinct. It is the ideal choice for both leisure and business guests seeking quality accommodation and a prime city address. The property features 220 stylishly appointed studio apartments, all boasting full kitchens, modern appliances, air-conditioning, WiFi access and private balconies – some with views over Flagstaff Gardens, the city skyline and famed Melbourne laneways. ... more less
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