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When we looked at the Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne about 18 months ago, our conclusion was that it just didn't match the hype. Turns out others agreed with us but since some new owners took over just about that time, things have been looking up.
It's a slow process because, according to the new owners, it's all about "evolution, not revolution". They have opened a spa complex on the ninth floor, and in quite a unique deal, this spa is run by staff from a beauty therapy college nearby--and even wait staff in the restaurant and reception staff are graduates of the college, so whoever you speak to knows all about the spa treatments too.
On Collins Street in downtown Melbourne, the Sofitel Melbourne is regularly billed as a good luxury or business hotel, but there's more to it than that. It's also the site of a killer view: the tip is (even if you're not a guest, but don't tell them we told you) to take the elevator to the 35th floor and check out the bathrooms: both the men's and women's toilets have fantastic views over the city.
The Sofitel Melbourne also has quite a few special package deals, especially those with a cultural bent.
For example, the A$315 ($270) Guggenheim Collection package includes tickets to a special National Gallery of Victoria exhibition along with overnight accommodation and breakfast; the Phantom of the Opera package includes two A-reserve tickets to see "The Phantom" in Melbourne, for A$558 ($480).
Or you can pick the romantic getaway dubbed "So Indulgent" which includes Superior Room accommodation, breakfast, dinner and cocktails, an in-room movie of your choice and--here's the intriguing part--"a romantic in-room treat to share". We're curious if not actually tempted.
· Melbourne Hotel Reviews [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Melbourne [Jaunted]
If you want to hang out in famous beachside suburb St Kilda in Melbourne, then booking a room a The Prince Hotel sounds like a great way to do it.
It made the list of Hip Hotels of the World, has won design awards and its features and location make it sound great, but something seems to be missing from Melbourne's boutique Adelphi Hotel.
Its location is spot-on: on Flinders Lane between Russell and Swanston Streets, it's central and a short walk from the famous Flinders Street Station. The concert hall and theater center is also within walking distance if you're in Melbourne to catch a show. There's a lap pool on the roof (although you wouldn't want there to be too many other swimmers--it's pretty narrow). The Adelphi was built into a converted warehouse and architecturally it's definitely cool.
But, the guest reviews just don't bear this out. Complaints range from finding dirty champagne glasses in the room and having hard, uncomfortable beds through to problems with noise and lack of soundproofing--the good location does mean that there are people milling around outside until midnight, and apparently at 5am the garbage trucks start up. With rack rates for Premier Rooms (they're the cheap end) published at A$560 (US$480) and the Executive Suite setting you back A$1250 (US$1070) a night, you wouldn't expect to hear these complaints.
· Melbourne Hotels [HotelChatter]
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
You would think that a hotel named St. Kilda Road Parkview would have a view of the park in their hotel rooms but one unlucky guest found just the opposite.
Worst hotel room view ever. A white wall. The curtains didn't even open. And they call this hotel The Parkview. Geez.
So if you do end up visiting this hotel in Melbourne, don't be expecting too much of a view.
[Photo: Rob Barker]
We're digging the Crowne Promenade down undah in Melbourne. Located in the Southbank entertainment `hood, it's a top pick for being surrounded by options.
The hotel is picking up great reviews and has our slew of favorites like WiFi, plasma TVs, a sleek design, local art, plus a hip bar and restaurant. As we approach winter and they approach summer, this place sounds all the better:
The room was breathtaking, and that was before we sat on the lounge and looked out the window! The bathroom, and in particular the shower alcove, was huge; the beds were very comfortable; there was no noise from other guests or rooms; the location was fantastic as was the proximity to the Crown Casino.
Almost every review includes high praise for the staff including housekeeping who once cleaned a guest's room at 7pm upon request. Let's just hope they don't clean everyone's room at 7pm.
Image via ThirdTube/Flickr
· Crowne Promenade Reviews [TripAdvisor]
Truth be told, Australia isn't always warm. Staying in Melbourne could mean some cold weekends so you'll want a hotel that can handle the ranges of temperatures and a wide range of potential requests. Apparently that hotel is the Como Melbourne. Up to several tests, the Como has passed with flying colors. For those who found themselves surprised by the occasional and rare spells of chillier weather, the hotel warmed them with its luxurious bed and spa bath which some guests claim can fit two people while others thought even four.
Got upgraded to a spa suite which was huge with a beautiful spa bath in the bathroom - def big enough for two!! Staff were exceptionally friendly and the hotel was amazingly warm (temperature wise) during a very very cold Melbourne weekend and the king size bed the most comfortable I have slept in!!!
With 107 rooms the Como prides itself on maintaining the charm of a small hotel with highly personalized service. One past guest raved how the discovery of his forgotten cufflinks was no problem as the hotel staff personally delivered a new pair within 10 minutes of his call for help. The high quality service has gotten them national attention as well, they've won "Best Deluxe Accommodation in Australia" and "Best Luxury Hotel in Victoria" for several years plus, the guest reviews are top.
The only problem people seem to find here is the remnant smell of smoke as the non-smoking trend hasn't yet hit down under. But our guess is, let the staff know it's bothersome and chances are they'll get you an air purifier within 10 minutes.
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· Como Melbourne Reviews [TripAdvisor]
We're done with Sydney so we're checking out what's in Melbourne, Australia.
The Hatton Hotel is the #1 rate hotel in Trip Advisor in terms of popularity but this isn't exactly a top-notch luxury resort. Recent guests prefer to describe it as a posh B&B in a historic building with a great location just outside the city but still near dining and shops. Also the Royal Botanic Gardens are just steps away.
In true B&B fashion, there are no elevators so if you get a room on the top floor you will have to climb three flights of stairs. You can also hear people "stomping around" a bit sometimes and there's no 24 hour room service or housekeeping. So what do people love about this place? One guest writes
Not a chain. It's more of a posh B&B with a very homey atmosphere.
The rooftop balcony is outstanding with gorgeous city views. Recommend sitting on top to watch the sunset and enjoy wine or one of the hotel's reasonably priced cheese and fruit plates or dips. This was an absolutely liberating and relaxing experience up on the roof that I will not soon forget.
Another guest cited the free continental breakfast and the great room rate of about $150 a night. However, not all rooms are created equal so if you want to splurge on a suite it may make your stay a bit more spectacular.
· Hatton Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]