Paid $145 for a studio on first floor and was very happy with it. Rang up and booked hotel about hour before arriving, so was happy to just get a room at all, but it turned out to be a very nice place. The girl at the desk was very friendly -- it's not so much that she went out of her way to be helpful, but she was genuinely friendly (rarer than it should be in the "hospitality" industry). The room was smallish, but very clean, with modern, stylish (if understated) fittings. The view was a little disappointing (into a laneway), but wasn't expecting much for the first floor, and hey, you can't win 'em all. I'm sure there are rooms with nicer views available anyway! Location is very handy -- just across road from spencer street station, which means it is just acorss road from skybus to airport and all public transport options and taxis. It might not be the prettiest end of the Melbourne CBD, but its only a stroll (10-15 mins) to Fed Square, the shops of Collins St, etc.
I also want to give this hotel a shout out for being so green! environmental responsibility might not be the most important criteria on everyone's list, but I think it's great. well done guys, I hope more hotels do the same!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melbourne's multi-award winning 4 star eco-friendly boutique apartment hotel that is Carbon Neutral, Green Star and Green Globe accredited.Located in the centre of Melbourne city within a 2 minute walk of the airport express shuttle, shopping, train station and free tram zone. Easy walk to major attractions. Features include rooms, studios & apartments, library & book exchange with complimentary espresso coffee, car parking, gym access, massage room & free wifi internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alto Hotel Melbourne
- Alto Bourke