Everything in this hotel is new and clean. It was excellent value (I think I averaged $80/night for 5 nights). However, remember that everything costs extra (towels, TV, Internet). I had these things included in my special (no breakfast).
You can catch a tram about 50m down the road that will take you to the centre of the city in about 5 minutes. Trams run along this road every 1-4 minutes until late at night. It's a couple of blocks over from the Italian restaurants along Lygon St.
My only complaint was that the air-conditioner temperature control was broken and it kept the room at about 24C. This is a nice temperature but it means that you have to take off layers of clothes (it was about 12C max outside when I stayed). They offered to move me to another room but I decided it was too much trouble to move. As compensation they gave me free storage of my luggage after checkout (normally charge a fee).
Overall, the hotel was very good value for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel is one of the more economic and contemporary Melbourne hotels. Being within walking distance to the iconic landmarks and tourist destinations such as the Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Exhibition Building, this ibis hotel enjoys an excellent location for first-time travellers to Melbourne. The hotel allows easy access to the Lygon Street Italian precinct, restaurants at Gertrude Street and the shopping district of downtown Melbourne. With the Emporium and Melbourne Central Shopping Centre both at a 10 minutes' walking distance from the hotel, everything is at our doorstep. ... more less
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