I recently stayed overnight in a single room apartment at Hawthorn Gardens. The staff were very helpful, very forthcoming about information regarding location and access and were able to make arrangements for my late check-in.
The unit itself was very spacious and tidy with all the bits and pieces you would expect in a self-contained unit. You get a full-sized working kitchen, a very big and comfortable lounge/dining area and a large combined laundry/bathroom as well.
While the single bedroom units ARE on the Toorak Road side of the complex and there is definitely street noise all through the evening, the bedroom is situated at the back of the unit away from the street. Closing the bedroom door effectively cancels out 99% of the noise - I am a very light sleeper when away from home and I slept very well right through to the morning. I also definitely appreciated being able to park inside the complex (underground carparking) though signage pointing the way out of the car park and to reception wasn't anywhere to be found so I sort of wandered around the complex until I found where I needed to be.
I do have to say that while everything in the unit was clean and tidy, it looked well-used. I found the bathroom a bit pokey and in need of a sprucing up - a fresh coat of paint would really help! The ventilation fan vents were also very dirty and dusty and need a good clean. I would also say that housekeeping needs a talking to about the overuse of room deodorant and making sure they pick up the rubbish left by the previous occupiers. There was an empty pizza box left outside my unit which was there when I checked in and still there when I checked out.
The bedroom was very comfortable and warm and there's loads of space to store your gear if you're staying longer than a night or two.
On the whole, I found Hawthorn Gardens very good value for money. It's not a high-class hotel by any stretch but it's comfortable and all the amenities are there and the same arrangement in the CBD could easily cost double or three times what you pay at HG. I will happily use it as a regular stop when visiting friends in the area and look forward to staying again.
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