The room was not huge but manageable and the situation was good, near the Southern Cross Station, where the shuttle bus drops you from the airport, it’s only a few hundred yards but if your hotel is further away, there’s a free minibus shuttle. It’s also a short walk to the free tourist bus and tram, a real help in getting to know Melbourne. The rest of Oz was having the worst summer in years but Melbourne had a heat wave, what did shock us though was the prices in Australia, as the Dollar is far too strong, Melbourne is even dearer for some reason, I paid £10 for a pint at one point, especially hard as Australian chemical beer is undrinkable and having to eat out all the time was hitting our budget, so we later moved onto apartments and self catering, which saved money. One pleasant surprise was that the locals and most Australians were so helpful and friendly, including reception.
We seldom eat in the hotel, it can be expensive and claustrophobic and we found an excellent café in the Bourke Street Mall on the next block, it had free WiFi, it’s criminal that such a big hotel doesn’t. There was no safe but a free safe deposit box at reception and you used your room key to operative the lift, which seems common in Oz. The only major complaint was the disco next door on Saturday night, we were a few floors up and didn’t expect any noise, in a city centre hotel always expect noise and go for height. We always travel with earplugs and shut the noise out but management should warn customers, without the earplugs it was deafening but only one night thankfully.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great value, unsurpassed location and excellent service make ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street a very popular hotel choice. Boasting 121 rooms, this hotel has all the convenience of a central city location close to the financial, legal and entertainment precincts and is walking distance to the Skybus airport transfer service and Southern Cross Train Station. Ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street is modern and affordable with comfortable rooms and great amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Facilities include a breakfast room, Internet access and private offices. Conference rooms are available for a variety of small to medium functions, training seminars, trade shows or workshops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street Victoria