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BreakFree Bell City
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Preston
Reviewed November 5, 2010

Stayed here for four nights in November. Arrived and the room smelled really awful, plus the 'tea and coffee making facility' was a cup left on the bench. I went down to enquire about this, and eventually was given a kettle. I also asked for a new room which they also did after some explanation - so I guess I could say the staff were helpful, if a little slow off the mark to get the point...
The people on my floor were loud and smoking drugs, and the new room smelt better but I still didn't feel it was clean. The location was further from town than the impression I got from the website (and the trams were not easy to navigate for someone who has never been to melbourne and unfamiliar with the suburbs). I mention this because even though I realise this is out of the control of the hotel, comparing this to where I stayed in Sydney where the staff were so helpful in terms of directions and being friendly, the difference was huge.
Overall my stay was not disastrous but not really enjoyable, and I just could not recommend. Stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 27, 2010

1) If you book studio - ask for 5th floor. 6th and 7th are expensive, at 2nd, 3rd and 4th live student.

2) After I came to empty washing machine I found it empty. Linen was stolen. Take it to account.

3) Inet - 33 dollars for 2 Gbs.

For the money they ask they offer very good conditions, but remember about tips decribed above.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

I normally stayed at this hotel when it was branded a RYDGES, but since Bell City has opened a new Rydges is in the same complex and the Rydges rooms have been branded Sleep & Go. Sleep & Go used to be small little studios on the lower floors but these are all now Le Student 8.
When the current Sleep & Go were Rydges rooms they were rated at 4*, now as they have been let go, ie. badly marked walls, tired furniture I would rate them as a 3*
The TV reception was hazey at best and was a small tube unit. The corrodors to the rooms have a very bad musty smell.
The hotel now seems to be geared towards the younger univerity crowd, JD's bar loud as was the outside pool area, noise from this area could be heard in our room which was on the 6th floor overlooking the pool and continued until close at 11.00pm.
Staff were branded as Rydges, but not friendly...just doing a job.
The whole focus seems to be on the new hotel on the otherside of the complex with the old side "Sleep & Go" left to fend on its own.
Value was pretty good, adveristed rate was $99.00, was able to pick up the same room on expedia.com.au for $83.00, surprisingly, on check-in, the register showed expedia was sold the room for $53.00 so a nice $30.00 per night profit to them.

The hotel is still better than a Formule 1, close to transport and the city.
With a fresh coat of pain, new soft furnishings and a decent TV, property would be/could be a very hip 3.5* hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

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Reviewed January 25, 2010

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Reviewed January 25, 2010

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Reviewed January 21, 2010

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Additional Information about BreakFree Bell City

Address: 205 Bell St, Preston, Darebin, Victoria 3072, Australia (Formerly Budget 1 & Sleep&Go)
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Darebin > Preston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Preston
Price Range: $47 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BreakFree Bell City 3.5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BreakFree Bell City offers premium accommodation in the centre of Melbourne that is affordable and offers everything you need in the one place. Situated 9 km from the Melbourne CBD and 20 minutes from the main airport in Melbourne, public transport is also just 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel, making this hotel highly accessible to everything Melbourne has to offer. Within the complex you’ll find a great range of facilities surrounded by landscaped gardens, including a large resort pool, BBQ, gymnasium, games room, sauna and the onsite restaurants JD’s Diner & Burger Bar and the Pantry Café. The Pantry Convenience Store also supplies essential goods you may need during your stay including milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. There is also a shared kitchen if you’d like to cook onsite, or head into Preston and dine at one of the many cafes and restaurants. *Government issued photo ID is required at the time of check in. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sleep And Go Bell City
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BreakFree Bell City Preston, Greater Melbourne

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