For months I couldn't figure out where to stay in Melbourne for Easter weekend with my husband and two adult children. Because we would need two hotel rooms for four of us, I decided an apartment hotel would be better and since they're popular in Australia I started looking at the Punt Hills, Quests, Oaks, etc. in Melbourne--very confusing for someone not familiar with the city.
In any event, I was apprehensive about booking Quest on Flinders because there were no reviews to be found on Trip Advisor. When we arrived on Good Friday (which, by the way, if you're from the States you'll be surprised that everything's closed on Good Friday) Flinders Lane and most of the CBD was pretty quiet. I had booked a two bedroom deluxe and after cramming our suitcases into a small elevator, we had to then lug our bags up a full flight of stairs. Not a good start. The apartment was alright in terms of space but the furnishings seemed tired, the rooms dark and the windows dirty. When we went downstairs I voiced my disappointment to Olivia at the front desk and we went out for a walk. When we returned a few hours later, we were informed we could upgrade into the building next door.
What a difference! The building is old but elegant, had two elevators and the two bedroom executive was qualitatively superior. There was no comparison. The kitchen was newly furnished with modern appliances and granite counters. The bathrooms were beautifully fitted and the washer and dryer was a relief for long distance travelers such as ourselves. There are several bars on Hosier Lane nearby that could be noisy on weekends but given it was Good Friday and Easter, everything was quiet. The location was perfect: a few steps from Federation Square, near trams and buses, walking distance to the MCG, stores and restaurants, but somehow quiet and removed. And, while Quest is not a hotel with an actual concierge, I can't say enough about how friendly, accomodating and helpful Olivia was. She went out of her way to help us with restaurant recommendations and was exceptionally gracious at all times. And before we arrived, I had very friendly back and forth emails with Hannah. Whoever owns this Quest hires terrific staff.
Melbourne is a delightful city, and if you're a more independent traveler looking for an alternative to one or two hotel rooms, you can't go wrong with Quest on Flinders.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flinders Lane is one of the CBD's most sought after residential areas, destined to become your first choice in Melbourne accommodation. All the excitement of Federation Square, Theatres, the Art Centre, Southgate and Crown Entertainment Complex surrounds you, while dozens of tiny bars, restaurants and cafes are at your doorstep. Historic Flinders Street Station and the MCG are just a short stroll away. If you're in Melbourne for business or leisure, the boutique one, two and three bedroom apartments are all complete with unique spacious interior and wireless internet. Executive and Deluxe apartments have two bathrooms and a combination of four single or king bedding. ... more less
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