With such a convenient location, it's a pity they didn't do more with the renovations to create an inviting hotel with atmosphere.
Whilst comfortable and adequate this is a bit of a cold and soul-less place. There are conference areas and other communal spaces downstairs and on the first floor but I never saw anyone there. The lounge area, if you can call it that, looks like a waiting room in a railway station. Seemed hardly ever used.
I understand that this was once a youth hostel. And when you walk inside you'll quickly see that it’s been recently renovated and modernised. Our floor (5th) had been painted in a bright pink and I believe that each floor has a different gaudy colour tone. But unfortunately, bright colours alone don’t create a warm ambience.
Okay so what are the good points?
It's well positioned at the top end of Elizabeth Street just behind the Queen Vic Mkts. It’s an easy, level 15 min walk to the centre of town. There's plenty of pub transport in the area mainly trams and buses outside the markets and it's less than 10 minutes walk to Melbourne's Central railway station if you need to use the trains.
Rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. My room on the fifth floor facing the back was quiet and peaceful. I hardly heard a sound during my four days there. Ample wide windows let in plenty of natural light which was just as well as the electric lighting is abysmal as I will explain later. The king-size bed is large and comfortable and I slept well.
SHOWER and BATHROOM
Nice big bathroom, huge roomy shower and strong water pressure.
Air con, TV and paid internet wi fi all worked well and were easy to use. In fact I never touched the air con throughout my stay and it stayed on a very pleasant, cool 21 degrees.
I found all the staff to be pleasant, helpful and polite. Full marks guys.
And the bad points?
Disastrous. Very poor lighting in the rooms making it virtually impossible to read at night unless you're prepared to ruin your eyes or you’ve brought night vision glasses with you! Luckily my room got plenty of sunshine making it easy to read at least during the day but hell, we're out touring that time and it's nights when we need decent light.
No drawers: Nope, not a single one in my room. Sure there's a decent sized cupboard with plenty of hanging space but the only horizontal storage is the shelf on the top of said cupboard and you need to be at least 165 cm to be able to reach it and what if there are two of you?
There’s no storage space in the bathroom either, only a shelf which means that whatever you put there gets wet.
Our bathroom door didn't lock properly due to a cracked frame. The venetian-style windows on one side may looks trendy but they’re totally impractical. If one person gets up in the middle of the night and puts on the bathroom light that's sure to wake the partner. Plus it adds to a lack of privacy.
You'll pay exorbitant charges for any extras. We paid an outrageous $104 to get some laundry done (ok, I should have checked the tariff more carefully but really $104 for a few items is just ridiculous), local calls (which I pay nothing for at home) are 80c ea, a bottle of water from the mini bar is $6 and there's no free internet here. Min chg is $13 for 2 hours.
Overall though and despite the obvious drawbacks, on balance the good outweigh the bad and I'd be willing to stay here again. Next time I'll bring a torch to read with and will make sure to do my own laundry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jasper Hotel, Melbourne’s vibrant boutique hotel located in the city’s CBD Market Precinct, offers contemporary 4 star accommodation, dining, extensive conference and meeting facilities – all complimented by a strikingly high level of service.Welcoming corporate, leisure and conference guests, the Jasper provides a full array of facilities including modern room and suite appointments, mini bar, LCD TV, 24 hour in room dining, 24 hour Reception, iPhone docking stations, wifi internet access plus indoor and outdoor dining at Jasper Kitchen 7 days a week.At the Jasper Hotel, the focus is to give our guests a truly memorable experience. At the Jasper, our service and attitude is not a process. It’s an instinct. ... more less
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