Given there are many apartment hotels, why might you not choose this one?
It wasn’t a good start that I rode up and down the lift a few times trying to find reception. It’s off to the side of the entry doors, but not at all well signed. I then had to walk up steps to get to the lift area, which won’t suit people with bulky luggage or mobility problems.
The suite had two rooms with a bathroom in between.
The only phone cabled in though was in one of the bedrooms, not on the work bench that ran below the windows. I couldn’t figure this out, especially given there was a phone connection at the bench but it wasn’t live. I double checked with reception but this really was the normal room layout.
The cupboards were quite high. I just reached the glasses so someone who’s really, really short won’t manage at all.
The pool is outdoor and overshadowed, so having looked forward to it, I had to forgo that idea.
Looking around the breakfast room what I saw was mainly lower level business travellers and budget groups.
The bonus is being across the road from the Rialto. I ate well on the first night at Merchant Osteria between the C19th Rialto hotel and the Rialto tower foyer then the next night had a few drinks and delightful bar snacks at Bar Lui, part of the Vue de Monde (sic) restaurant. Expensive but a great view of Melbourne and the bay, ~40 floors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oaks on Collins is located in the heart of Melbourne’s business and financial centre, opposite Rialto Towers. Just outside the door is the city’s vibrant entertainment, restaurant, and shopping precinct, while Bourke Street, Southgate, the Crown Entertainment complex and Telstra Dome are a short stroll away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oaks On Collins Street Hotel Melbourne
- Oaks On Collins Street Melbourne
- Oaks Collins
- Oaks Hotel Melbourne
- Oaks Melbourne