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3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Melbourne

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The Melbourne
Ranked #73 of 81 Hotels in Perth
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“Needs an update”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

The hotel is very central for all things in Perth city and is very affordable, unfortunately that probably reflects the quality. The room decor is very simple and cheap and not a very cosy or relaxed atmosphere. The facilities are limited, but that is expected as it is an old hotel. It has plenty of character and a pub downstairs (which didn't cause any noise problems). I would stay here again because of the price and location compared to other city hotels, but the rooms are merely for sleeping only and not to relax in.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2011

I stayed in the Melbourne Hotel for one week the end of November 2011. I have to say that this place offers very little value for the money. The rate I paid was in excess of AUS 200 / night for a delux room w/ balcony, and what I got in return was a run down room with tired fixtures, and old bed and very little in the way of charm. The balcony was sparse, plantless and was really just a place the tenants used to smoke. Its a shame really, as the building itself is beautiful and with some effort, it could be a lot better than it is.

The Hotel has a bar with some of the old world charm about it that gets a bit busy and noisy as the CBD happy hour crowd filters through. The Hotel also has a restaurant that serves up some decent food in a nice classic setting. A bit expensive as you would expect a hotel to be, but not bad.

There are limited amenities to the "boutique" hotel and things like business services are not really offered here. The internet avaiability was intermittent at best and I ended up just going through my own celular roaming plan. If you were planning on officing from the hotel, you might do better elsewhere.

So, here it is:

Pros:
1) location location location. Siturated directly across from QV1 plaza (Perth CBD)
2) The Hotel Bar - old and not without some charm (popular with CBD happy hour crowd)
3) Building architecture
4) Hotel staff (generally very nice and accommodating)
5) Hotel restaurant - limited couisine but a decent atmosphere

Cons:
1) Crappy, sparse, old (run-down), rooms
2) Crappy conference "rooms"
3) Intermittent internet connection
4) No business or tourist services
5) No late checkout (I tried buit was told the cleaning staff were off duty by 12 noon, so I needed to checkout before then)
6) Very poor value for the money

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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We booked this hotel as it seemed to be the only one available over the CHOGM weekend in Perth! It is cheap, and the hotel rooms are above a pub, and right in the middle of the CBD. So it is very central to bars, restaurants, attractions etc, but it is noisy. The rooms and the upstairs hotel part are tired and rundown, and the whole hotel could do with a make-over.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

The location and price (central & cheap) were the best things about the Melbourne.

The hotel needs some updating. It's pretty basic and noisy. While not one to complain about noise when staying in the CBD (which goes with the territory) the walls provide very little insulation to outside noises. Adjoining rooms televisions, conversations in the corridor and the bass beat from the downstairs bar/club all seeped thru into the room.

The other disturbing thing was finding the door to our room had been propped open all day, presumably by housekeeping. Fortunately nothing was stolen.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

This hotel is very central. It is very basic. I would like to be able to recommend it (I like old hotels) but I cannot.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

We had an overnight stay on a Saturday night. Not impressed that we had to carry our own luggage to our room on arrival. We also had a long wait at reception on booking in as she was on the phone forever. No-one else was about. I must say though that all other staff we encountered were very friendly. The room was very small but opened out onto a very large verandah. To me this was the highlight! The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Again we had to carry our own bags down on checking out and a long wait too, but we were the only people at reception. We would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2011

This was one of the most diappointing stays on a business trip I have ever done. The room was moderately decorated and basic. I've stayed in a flag inn with better quality than this. The room had no windows or access to fresh air, the airconditioner was noisy and the ceiling fan was useless during some hot humid weather. Every movement, conversation in the hallway and the bar downstairs echoed through the night. The breakfast offered in the cafe offered no variety for the healthy breakfast eater apart from a bowl of fruit with a sparing splash of yogurt. The restaurant is deceaving as it looks and decore are quite beautiful however I've had better service in McDonalds I must have waited over 30 minutesjust to get a second glass of wine and no offer for coffee or dessert, (it wasn't even 9pm) however as the waitress approached the glass was swiped away without a chance to request another. The car park is about 100 metres away and although an easy walk during the day, very difficult to find in the one streets around Perth. As far as security at night returning from the car park I would find this quite unsafe if you were on your own.My only positive experience were the reception staff who were always friendly on entering the foyer. This place looks good on the outside as a Heritage building however very tired if you deceide to stay here. Great front bar if you are after a drink in a noisy area.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Melbourne

Property: The Melbourne
Address: 942 Hay St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth > Perth CBD
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#44 Luxury Hotel in Perth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Melbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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