I and my wife stayed at Alto Hotel on Bourke for 3 nights after reading thru the good reviews at Tripadvisor. Indeed, the good reviews written by past reviewers were well warranted. Check-in and check-out was smooth without hiccups, and the reception was friendly. Although the rooms were not that big, but good enough for us with 2 big luggage and other stuff. Rooms were also very clean and relatively new.
As for the location, it’s just opposite the Southern Cross Station (this would be the place to board and alight if you’re going to/fro the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport), so fantastic location!! From this hotel, it’s only about 15 min leisure walk eastwards to the main shopping belt area in Swanston Street, and about the same walking time southwards to Crown Casino.
Being a boutique hotel, their dining area restaurant can only accommodate about 20 guests or so. Thus, you may be asked to wait in your rooms if the restaurant is filled, but they will call you once there are available tables/seats. Having said that, their cooked breakfast (which is part of our package option) tastes really good so much so that both I and my wife do look forward to it every morning to start off our day.
If you’re looking for a bargain stay with competitive rates, and one with good service and safe location vicinity, then do give Alto on Bourke a shot… You’ll not regret it.