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“Affordable accommodation with great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Apartments of South Yarra
Ranked #36 of 118 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Affordable accommodation with great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We travelled during the Australian Open 2013 Grand Final weekend and was quite impressed with the location and overall apartment. The apartment was spotless and the location was central to everything in Melbourne CBD.
Only 100 mtrs from the infamous Chapel Street, and less than $12 cab ride into the city won it for me.
Will definately recommend this complex to family and friends.
Only negative point - require curtains for the bedroom, as the blinds in the bedroom were too thin and the morning sun was too bright after a big night out.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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English first
Sydney Australia
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40 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed at this property for 3 nights in Dec 2012. Check in was relatively easy at Claremont house although the staff there does not seem very friendly.Location for this apartment is great as you can walk to South Yarra station in 5 mins. We had a car and parked at the property with no charge (although the traffic seems to be terrible all the time around South Yarra area). Lots of restaurants around this area.

The apartment was clean enough. There is a sofa in the living room that can turned into a bed. Bed was comfortable and there are 2 TVs in the apartment. Cleaners need to pay more attention on the cleaniness of the bathroom and kitchen. As previous reader mentioned, the kitchen is grubby. The frying pan is supposed to be non stick but it's all scratched so you can hardly see the non stick material. The kettle still have water in it and the inside was all rusty. Air conditioner was a bit old but does the job. We ran out of shampoo and conditioner on our 3rd day and rang the reception and they kindly provide more . They are also happy to replace towels if needed. There is a self service laundry downstairs but a bit costly ($3 for the washing machine and $3 for the dryer).

A few things to note:
- the apartments are very close to the train tracks so be prepared to hear the trains at night time. I bought some ear plugs because of this
- the apartments were quiet for 2/3 nights we stayed there. On the last nite (Thurs), sounds like some teenagers returned to their apartment at 3am in the morning and they were very noisy

Overall considering the price I paid ($135 per night) and the location of this apartments, I think this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Pasta0
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Sydney
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106 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Super convenient location right by the shops of Chapel St and Prahran but quiet inside the unit (apart from the old style rattly air conditioner which didn't work very well).

Check in was around the corner at the guesthouse - friendly, helpful and efficient.
Free wifi was good.
The unit had a small table, 2 lounge chairs, a desk. The bed was comfortable. There is a wall mounted TV in the bedroom which I hit my head on due to it being placed at head height. The bathroom was very clean and had complimentary toiletries.
I'd go back mainly because you the location and price were good, plus parking was included on site - a real bonus.
The kitchen and crockery was grubby (and I had to wash it before they were ok to use). The kitchen wash sponge had been used previously.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank porcupinegirl
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Kingscliff, Australia
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101 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

The outside of these apartments look daggy , like a 70s block of flats. BUT inside is great very clean one bedroom apartment with new bathroom and kitchen, new appliances and 2 flat screen TVs . The last two reviewers must have stayed somewhere else. This pace is fine

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

After reading the reviews on Tripadvsor, I have to say I was really disappointed with Apartments of South Yarra. It's in an excellent location, but everything else about the apartment tells me it was made-over on the cheap, poorly maintained, and noisy (you've got front-row seats to clearly hearing the neighbours talk, shower, and pee!)
Here's my assessment:
Location: Excellent
Loungeroom: Basic furnishing including a most uncomfortable home-made couch. Dim fluoro lighting.
Bedroom: Clean sheets. Some lightbulbs not working. Mattress was hard and lumpy.
Bathroom: Filthy. Brown/black grime in bathroom tiles. Yellowish brown film on shower recess floor. EXTENSIVE BLACK MOLD ON WALLS & CEILINGS. Broken shelving. Clean towels.
Kitchen: Basic & workable, but many utensils, pcs of cutlery, and the bin were coated in oily film and speckled with sometimes large pcs of dried food residue.

OVERALL: I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, even if only for health reasons. I think there are comparable places to stay for similar prices. For us, the excellent location didn't outweigh the grimy interiors that resembled B-grade student accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JezOnTheRoad
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

My family and I stayed in a one bedroom apartment based on its positive reviews and great location. The location is the only thing going for this block of apartments. The bathroom had black mould, the cutlery in the drawers was oily, the bin was filthy, the vinyl couch
was peeling and the bed was lumpy. It was also extremely noisy. My overall impression of the apartment was that it was grubby and poorly maintained.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank Kalgoorliekid
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Stayed in apartment 12 upstairs, nice view of the city and right around the corner from chapel street, literally a 1 minute walk. Got in on a red eye flight and called to see if we were able to check in early and the night manager Eric was very accomodating, as we were staying 5 nights he didn't charge us any extra to check in a few hours early. Looks a little shabby on the outside however the rooms are fully renovated. Nice to be around the corner from an IGA where you can buy drinks and then store in your fridge. Nice waterfall pressure in the shower. Only a $15 taxi ride into the city or 15 minutes via train, easy to find once you have checked in at hotel claremont. Loved the coffee around the corner and easy access to neighbouring suburbs. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank lims7
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Property: Apartments of South Yarra
Address: 46 Arthur St | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
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Ranked #36 of 118 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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Hotel Class:4 star — Apartments of South Yarra 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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