I stayed at this hotel for three nights with three other students - we were part of an exchange group coming to a school elsewhere in Australia, but first we wanted to explore Melbourne for a couple days, so a relatively inexpensive hotel was picked since we would not be spending any real amount of time in the room. This proved to be something of a mistake.
Upon arrival after a twenty-four-hour journey from Toronto, we came upon a lobby hidden behind a Subway restaurant with no public washrooms of its own, a rickety old elevator, and a two-bedroom apartment on the 12th floor which smelt entirely like marijuana - my friends and I were joking that we could get secondhand high just by sleeping in the room. Barring a few unsightly marks on the walls, a faulty internet connection, and dirty furniture, the room was of acceptable condition, and of more than adequate size. One bedroom did not have any windows, but that wasn't my problem at the time =)
My friend went to organize the internet connection on our second night, after we'd paid the $25 fee the previous day, and we learned that they expected the same amount every day - for an internet connection that never actually worked in the first place. Apparently the receptionist was unwilling to help with this.
However, two features of the hotel can absolutely not be badly spoken of - first, the location was wonderful, directly across from the university campus and located above two restaurants ((subway and nando's)) and behind Melbourne's largest mall. Anything worth seeing in central Melbourne was within a ten-minute walk or tram ride from the lobby. Second, FOR THE PRICE, this was overall better than we expected, and do not believe any mishaps occurred with overcharging.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UniLodge on Swanston is not a hotel. We act as a property manager for a strata titled building, facilitating the leasing of apartments on behalf of multiple private owners. All apartments are leased on a 6 or 12 month term in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Unilodge Hotel Melbourne