Stayed here in 2 bed apartment during the Australian Open tennis. Ideal for walking to the tennis (which comes highly recommended), and also walking to the southbank complex of restaurants and some shops.
You end up in one apartment that is not of your choosing, within one of six tower blocks that are all fairly close together. Being low down would have been a dark, miserable experience, but we requested a high-up level, based on others' reviews, and ended up on floor 15, about half way up, which was just fine. Again depending on luck you may get a good view, as we did, or have that view a bit obscured by other tower blocks, though I have no idea what proportion of the company's lets offer poor views.
Inside of apartment was mostly a treat - spotlessly clean, modern, spacious and comfortable, though with ceiling to floor windows everywhere anyone with vertigo could really struggle - beware! Instructions for equipment left a bit to be desired. Some info was missing, and in some cases it was just plain wrong. But we got there eventually: washer and drier worked well and proved very useful. Towel supply was more than adequate, indeed it would be fair to say that we were inundated with towels! One downside was the sofa and the armchairs which were old, cheap and uncomfortable (see photo).
Pricewise this was an expensive option, maybe because of the tennis, but Melbourne is very pricey for Brits anyway.
Eating options in the immediate vicinity are very limited, though southbank is 5-10 mins away. Supermarkets were available nearby however and were well stocked and opened late, but prices of everything were about double the UK equivalent.
General area is still being developed, with construction widespread. Watching a tower block being built next to ours was actually fascinating, the noise only a minor issue. Anyway, perhaps because of all this the public transport in the immediate area has not yet caught up and must rank as about the worst in the world in the centre of big city. OK for us as we were happy to walk but if you are not so inclined beware.
North of the Yarra river there are trams galore!
On booking I thought I had secured free wifi, but due to some confusion on the tripadvisor website this turned out to not be the case. I queried this by emailing the company but got no reply. Service I ended up having to pay for was very good though.
Use of nice indoor pool and jacuzzi was included - pool unusually long and thin and well suited to length swimming if that is your bag.
So, excepting the email issue and the sofa, and the pot luck nature of the booking process, this was a good place to stay.
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