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Melbourne Hotel Scene :: We Help a Reader With The Rendezvous Hotel

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  Site Where: 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia, 3000
July 31, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

AmandaK has left her perch in Perth, Australia and spent some time in Melbourne. This week she'll be giving us the lowdown on the hotels there. If you have a question or suggestion, send it our way and we'll get right on it.

We just heard from HotelChatter reader Jamie that he's heading to Melbourne in November and has already booked into the Rendezvous Hotel there but was wondering if he made the right decision?

Saw your posting on the hotel scene in Melbourne. I'm heading there in November and staying at the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne. Any thoughts? Tips? Reviews? Thanks so much!

Thanks for asking, Jamie. Of course we have some thoughts! We answer his concerns after the jump.

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Melbourne Hotel Scene :: Novotel St Kilda Is Our Next Choice

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  Site Where: 16 Esplanade, Melbourne, Australia, 3182
July 30, 2008 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

AmandaK has left her perch in Perth, Australia and spent some time in Melbourne. This week she'll be giving us the lowdown on the hotels there. If you have a question or suggestion, send it our way and we'll get right on it.

If we're back in Melbourne during the summer season (rather than the windy, rainy winter they're having now) then our next hotel of choice will be the Novotel St Kilda. Along the Esplanade in trendy beachside St Kilda, this Novotel looks really attractive--all those palm trees evoking some kind of island stay--but is still just a short tram ride into the city center.

Some of the recent guests have had mixed opinions about the Novotel St Kilda, but what we really like is that management gets involved with the feedback of guests on TripAdvisor--that always makes us feel like they actually do care.

Renovations are still in progress to renew some of the rooms and they should be done in September--but since we're thinking this hotel is a summertime destination anyway (remember, that starts in December down under), this won't cause a problem.

Current room rates for standard rooms are averaging out at A$225 (about US$215). Just remember, make sure you get a newly renovated room as they're a whole lot nicer than the old ones.

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Melbourne Hotel Scene :: Cheap and Clean at the Miami Hotel

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  Site Where: 13 Hawke Street, Melbourne, Australia, 3003
July 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

AmandaK has left her perch in Perth, Australia and spent some time in Melbourne. This week she'll be giving us the lowdown on the hotels there. If you have a question or suggestion, send it our way and we'll get right on it.

AmandaK has left her perch in Perth, Australia and spent some time in Melbourne. This week she'll be giving us the lowdown on the hotels there. If you have a question or suggestion, send it our way and we'll get right on it.

Usually we're very wary of hotels that use names evocative of a beach to grab our attention, especially when they're located downtown and far from a beach, but we booked a room in Melbourne's Miami Hotel purely on the strength of a great last-minute deal online and its good location.

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Melbourne Hotel Scene: Grand Hyatt Under Renovation Until November

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  Site Where: 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia, 3000
July 28, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

AmandaK has left her perch in Perth, Australia and spent some time in Melbourne. This week she'll be giving us the lowdown on the hotels there. If you have a question or suggestion, send it our way and we'll get right on it.

While the hotel is technically open for business, now is not the best time to stay at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in Australia since some renovations are still being finished up and the access in and out of the hotel isn't great.

The renos are focused on refurbishing the two lobbies and entrances from both streets (it straddles a large corner), and the Bar Deco, Plane Tree Café and some of the event facilities are also getting an overhaul.

The Grand Hyatt also has a tower that looks impressive from the outside and is right in the heart of downtown Melbourne, but the hotel always gets mixed reviews. Those used to a "real" five-star hotel always seem disappointed--perhaps this is the reason for the renovation.

According to the signage outside (which features a whole heap of caterpillar-to-butterfly transformations) the new version of the Grand Hyatt should be ready in November 2008.

With average rates starting at US$285 a night it's probably worth waiting until then to try it--and then splurge for one of their Romance or Relaxation packages to make the most of it.

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Unnecessary Sun Roof at Newly-Renovated Pensione Hotel in Melbourne

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  Site Where: 16 Spencer St, Melbourne, Australia, 3000
July 25, 2008 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

On Spencer Street in Melbourne, close to one of the main railway stations and with trams stopping in front of it, the Pensione Hotel Melbourne is probably allowed to claim that it's a "perfect base" to explore Melbourne from. Nice for a hotel website speak to actually be true for once! Add to that a recent multi-million dollar renovation and it really doesn't sound bad at all.

The new incarnation of the Pensione, a 114-room place that brands itself as both boutique and budget, has now got WiFi throughout, which we like, and there's a sun deck on the roof. Moments of sunshine in Melbourne can be rare, though, so this mightn't be the most useful feature around.

The Pensione also has some pretty funky modern décor, unusual in a place that has such reasonable rates--rooms start at A$95 (US$91) a night if you stay for three nights, or they'll go even cheaper if you stay for a week.

If you're heading to Sydney instead, the Pensione has a brother there: Pensione Hotel Sydney, and it's next in line for a refurbishment, starting later this year.

[Photo: Perficio]