Well,at least the view wasn't bad, that is, until the multilevel apartment block is completed on the adjoining block. And there ends the compliments. Over-the-top 'instructions' at check-in: OK, we DO need to know how to access the lift but the manner in which the OTT receptionist explained it was at the point of confusing, and amusing in different measures...One of our party had to exit the tirade before said-receptionist pushed too far and the scene turned nasty. And thank heavens we had a command of the English language because it was confusing enough WITH English. Onto the room, which was grubby: paintwork, carpet, soft furnishings, all grubby (that white stain on the black curtains??). The refrigerator sounded like a truck reversing all night and the in- bathroom laundry leaked dangerously over the bathroom tiles (yes, the hoses were intact). Then the 'rule' cards in the apartment to remind us that we were in a prison (no, perhaps a remand centre). I realise this apartment block caters for residents and holiday makers but in all of our travels I have never had so many 'reminders' shoved in my face). The air-conditioner was difficult to work and difficult to maintain even temperature and weirdly the instructions (oh goody!) stated that if the outside temperature rose above 36 degrees the unit would not function! Maybe visit Singapore to see how their systems work.. (and excuse me for pointing out that these deficits all add up to a cheap build)
.And so, if you can cope with the lack of care (ironically) given to maintenance and appearance well you might also need to reconsider the position of this establishment. Six lanes of traffic separate you from Southbank itself, meaning that there is a considerable time factor needed to walk anywhere (lots of lights to wait at): this place is definitely on the WRONG side of Southbank and so don't be fooled by the maps that make it seem otherwise. And let's not forget the DIY rubbish removal which was a delight on the ground floor (where a mask because the stench was awful).
Now if you decide to stay here after all, I can recommend the Room Service company (not associated with the apartment) that provides freshly prepared meals without the need to cross the traffic at night-time. And I wonder what the concierge actually does? He certainly won't call you a taxi because there's a phone for that...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Make yourself at home... Unlike traditional hotels, our stylish apartments offer all the space and comfort of home. Make the most of your stay in Melbourne by choosing one of our Southbank Collection apartments. Melbourne Short Stay Apartments offers you a range of one, two and three bedroom quality executive style apartments for both the corporate and leisure traveller in a residential tower that gives you a feeling of home. Features include a fully equipped kitchen, separate living/dining area, comfortable bedrooms, laundry and private balcony. Guests have complimentary use of recreational facilities including indoor pool and gymnasium. ... more less
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