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City Centre Budget Hotel
Ranked #102 of 156 Hotels in Melbourne
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Location location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Walking distance from Federation Square, and therefore from cafes, shopping and nightlife - and the airport shuttle bus. Clean rooms with shared bathroom but all the amenities I needed - an in-room fridge and kettle, and TV, free Wifi (I've paid $29 per 24 hours in far more up-market Melbourne hotels) and a roof-top seating area and basic kitchen if you want to sort your own breakfasts etc. Saw signs to laundry - probably also basic, but helpful when you're packing lighter than the length of your visit. Thin walls turned out not to be a problem when I was there, though nearby building work (jul/13) meant you get up with the builders. Never a queue for the clean bathrooms. Reception not 24 hours. Overall, comfier than I was expecting given the price and location, I will stay here again and I'm recommending it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Very friendly service. Clean rooms with free wifi. However, a strong smoke smell throughout the place which nearly overwhelmed us non-smokers throughout the night. I'm not sure where it was wafting from. The walls were very thin and it was quite noisy. Good value for money for the budget traveller who wants a clean place to rest and doesn't mind a communal bathroom. Overall, for the money, it wasn't a terrible experience and was in an excellent location, close to Parliament station, the theatres, China town etc.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank TravChick
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

You share a bathroom with everyone else on the same floor. If you have a problem with that then give this place a miss.

Reception is only open from 1pm to 9pm. They do have a number to call for when you run into trouble, but if you wanted 24hr reception service then thisis not your place.

When I arrived my room smelled like smoke, so I asked reception for a room swap. They did so with out any questions or qualms. All staff members were very friendly.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank almightyolive
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Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed in a private double room with shared bathroom. It was a nice room, clean and had a small fridge. Definitely nothing to write home about, but you pay for what you get. And its perfect if you are on a budget. I wouldn't recommend to people who want fancy furnishings. There was no air con, but there was a fan and a window. It wasn't super comfortable in the heat. We didn't use the kitchen facilities but they looked fully equipped and clean.Really close to the free tram which is an awesome way to get your bearings around the city. Highly recommended as a budget option in the city.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank susie j
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Perth
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed three nights while visiting friends. Just needed an inexpensive place to sleep near trams, buses, trains and shops. Bathroom facilities are shared and the rooftop kitchen is only backpacker style, but there are many restaurants and pubs nearby. This place was spot on! Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank PRJPerth
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Perth
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The City Centre Budget Hotel is located in a very convenient area of Melbourne with easy access to the MCG, Chinatown and there are also plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants within close proximity. The free City Circle Tram is short stroll to the Parliament end of Little Collins Street.

The rooms:
My mate and I, who were on a boys footy weekend, booked a twin room which was located on the second floor. Although the room was a little small, there was enough room to chill out watch the excellent flat screen LCD TV. There is a large bar fridge that can easily accommodate drinks and food.

I requested a quiet room when booking and was put in room 36 which was on the inside part of the hotel. The window looked out to the rooms on the other side of the internal section of the hotel and it was quiet, as there was building work being carried out on the street side of the hotel which started early and although could just be heard, wasn't too bad. I wouldn't like to be on the street side of the Hotel though.
The beds were really comfortable and the room was clean but they are only cleaned once a week, if you are staying that long. The only issue with the room was there is not really anywhere to hang your towel.

The shared showers and toilets where quite clean and usually pretty empty although they do get busy around 9 am. The shower cubicles are quite large but there is nowhere to place your change of clothes or wash bag on, just one hook for your towel.

The roof top garden area is a real winner for an evening drink where you can sit on the comfy lounges and enjoy the city lights. Although this is a cheap hotel it is comfortable enough for a short stay and as long as you are not planning to spend a lot of time in your room, then book a room and go and enjoy the fabulous City of Melbourne.

I would stay at this hotel again and definitely recommend to travelers with an open mind and aren't fazed about sharing bathroom facilities with other travelers.

Room Tip: Definitely book inside rooms due to the noisy building work across the road
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank eaglemad
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Property: City Centre Budget Hotel
Address: 22 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
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#3 Best Value Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — City Centre Budget Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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