Location : On the edge of the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Near the corner of William and La Trobe streets which is more of a corporate / legal area of town. About 8 minutes walk to areas with lots of restaurant and shopping choices. Directly opposite Flagstaff underground station (closed on week-ends). Easy transport access major transport hubs. About 5 minutes walk from the Skybus terminal.
Amenity : I had a studio apartment on the 10th floor looking towards West Gate Bridge. Great view. Clean, comfortable, new, everything worked properly. Great bed with big, good quality pillows. Good lighting options. Floor to ceiling, room wide windows for the view. Sliding glass door onto a balcony. Two burner cooker and everything you'd need to cook a meal if you want to. Big fridge. Plenty of glassware and cups. Knives. Teapot. They've thought about it. Equally good for a shorter stay or if you wanted to set up a city base for a week or two and make some of your own meals.
Big flat screen with numerous pay channels as well as free to air. Nice bathroom. Hot strong rain shower.
Service : Friendly and personable reception staff and management. Helpful. Efficient. Daily service to the room.
Internet : The only thing I didn't like. 30 mins free access per day and then $5 for half an hour, $10 for 2 hours or $18 per day. And after 100Mb the speed is limited. So forget about watching movies or any quantity of videos on the net. Get with the program Oaks. Paying for internet in hotels is now not the norm by a long way. Most hotels, across the spectrum from five star to cheapies, provide free wi-fi.
Paying for wi-fi feels like being ripped off, no matter how good value the room price is. And why provide wi-fi for a fee and then slow it down after 100Mb. It sucked.
Food : No restaurant, but there is room service available. A few cafes in a 200 metre radius, but only two blocks walk to Little Bourke St, the Victoria Market and Elizabeth St. Plenty of options.
Value : My room was an upgrade for the view to $109 per night from $99. Excellent value for the quality of amenity and location. Would consider staying again. Everything was good except the paid wi-fi.
- 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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