This hotel was, until January, 2010, the Rydges Brighton Beach.
The hotel is located on the corner of the Esplanade and Grosvenor St. The Esplanade runs on the Bay shoreline, but the hotel's view of the Bay is extremely limited - only 2 'penthouses' facing the Esplanade get a water view, then only an oblique glimpse because there are other buildings directly across the street.
We had a 'Superior' room and we found it very nice, indeed. It was large, modern, nicely appointed and with, for us, a very comfortable bed. The bathroom was fine. However, despite the hotel advertising its rooms as 'serviced apartments', the room had just tea/coffee facilities and a mini-bar fridge, nothing else. No microwave, although the in-room notes referred to one. This ia a hotel room, not an 'apartment'.
The room had a good-sized balcony but I'm afraid the outlook was a big disappointment - we looked at the wall of another wing of the hotel, just 5 metres away. Look up, you can see the sky. 'Standard' rooms appear to have an even more restricted outlook, so, if '...on the Bay' in the hotel's name gives connotations of water views, take care, it is not the case. To the contrary, it's very claustrophobic, for us, anyway.
Broadband hookup is available, chargeable. There's a secure underground garage, chargeable at $10/night. There's an in-house restaurant about which I can't comment further, as we didn't happen to use it. Staff friendly and helpful.
It's about a 15-minute walk to Brighton town (which is nice), and you can catch a train there into Melbourne City. In this respect, we liked the location.
The rack rate for a Superior room is A$250, which I think is far too high, especially considering the outlook problems referred above. We got it for A$150 on 'special' and I heard the receptionist quoting A$162 for it. Those rates are about right, i would say but, notwithstanding the good quality of the room itself, we wouldn't like to stay here for more than a night or two, as the restricted outlook was a detraction for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quest Brighton on the Bay (formerly Rydges Brighton Beach) is located in one of Melbourne's most desirable and well-known suburbs.Quest Brighton on the Bay is a modern 4 star rated (anticipated) property with apartment style guest rooms. Only 20-minutes from the city, Quest Brighton on the Bay allows guests to enjoy the seaside suburb's atmosphere while being close enough to the city to stay in touch.Quest Brighton on the Bay features meeting facilities, onsite car parking, Verve restaurant, guest laundry and Endota Day Spa. ... more less
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