The Urban Hotel in St Kilda is in the middle of the busy main street and doesn't look much from the outside but is very nice inside. Our double room was very clean and spacious with a large very comfortable bed. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We overlooked the main street. Trams clattered up and down and there was a bar opposite so we feared it would be noisy but the double glazing did its job and we had a quiet stay. We arrived early in the morning after a long flight from Scotland and by arrangement our room was ready for us. After a few hours sleep and such a long flight we were both desperate for a shower, but, disaster, only cold water. The staff were not aware the hot water had gone off and couldn't apologise enough. It came on again after 4 hours and we were given free wi-fi and a nights parking as compensation. Our breakfast package (and everybody else's) was egg and bacon on toast and the service was very slow. If you wanted anything else you had to choose from a limited menu and pay for it. After 5 nights we were a bit fed up with egg and bacon on toast nice as it was.
The hotel didn't do evening meals but there were plenty of eateries and bars to choose from. St Kilda is a very lively place and a good (and cheaper) alternative to staying in Melbourne. With a frequent tram service from outside the front door it was very easy to get in and out of the city. The trams run all night so an evening out was not a problem. Would definitely stay at the Urban again in preference to Melbourne itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 200 metres from the beach, and with cosmopolitan and vibrant Barkly and Acland Streets around the corner, Rydges St Kilda will suit those who value designer chic combined with relaxed, modern comfort. All of our rooms feature premium amenities and ultra comfortable beds. For extra treats, consider our Deluxe King Spa Room featuring an indulgent one-person spa bath, or the decadent Spa Suite Room with your own double spa bath. For extra fun check out our popular Round Room, with a luxurious double spa featured in a unique circular space. If you're feeling peckish pop down to Hub cafe for scrumptious Genovese coffees and mouthwatering treats for breakfast and lunch. Later in the day visit Mavis Brown's. Our creative, friendly and relaxed bar with an extensive range of local and international craft beers as well as scrumptious tapas and daily specials. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor St Kilda
- Urban Hotel St Kilda
- Rydges St Kilda Greater Melbourne