Location: 15 mins walk from Southern Cross Station, but with a very big luggage I would suggest a taxi or Skybus hotel transfer from/to airport, as the pavement is quite hilly. The hotel is a good walk to almost all the attractions e.g. to Eureka Skydeck or Queen Victoria Market is 15 mins. We didn't use the free city tram or shuttle throughout the 3 days.
Check-in: 24 hours reception. Staffs are friendly. We arrived too early at 9.30am so can't get a room. But they have a room to store our luggages temporarily before we head to Philip Island tour. Security guy stands at the entrance every night to make sure only hotel guests are allowed.
Room: Paid AU$317 from Friday to Sunday, 3 nights for queen bedroom. Though I like the the shower separated from the toilet, I don't like the fact that the towels hanger isn't close enough to the shower. Meaning, you either call out your mate to pass the towel or come out to retrieve it yourself. Unless you have long hands to reach out to the hanger, then no issue ;o) Towels don't smell fresh but small issue for me.
Food: I didn't try the hotel $9 breakfast. There is a whole stretch of cafes along the same road including Subway, Nandos, Pie Face, McDonald (free WiFi).
This hotel is good if you don't intend to stay in much. If you are not into backpackers or shared bathroom facilities, then this hotel is the next affordable choice in CBD :o)
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- HOTEL NEWLY REFURBISHED NO CARPARK this can be booked for you, it is approx 600 meters away, please ask reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Formule 1 Melbourne
- Melbourne Hotel Formule 1