I stayed here mainly because I was so impressed with my stay at another MGallery location recently.The grand is superbly located - just a minute or two from Southern Cross Station. Great for those who are flying in as they can catch the skybus almost to the door. There's plenty of good, reasonably priced food to be found close by also.
The historic building is enormous and interesting - lovely high ceilings and huge corridors.
One standout about this hotel is the staff. Everyone I encountered from the porter to the reception staff and even the cleaners were genuine, friendly and helpful.
I stayed in a one bedroom studio. There was a large kitchen and living area and then upstairs the bedroom and bathroom. Enormous windows let in lots of natural light. While the space itself was impressive, the furnishings were a little tired. It was a shame to see such a great space let down with mediocre decorating. One standout feature was the bed - AMAZING. Huge and plush. The bathroom was also a little tired - while everything worked and was clean there were a few cracked tiles etc that made it look a little worn.
Food - I had two room service meals while I was there. A salad and chips for dinner one night and an avocado toast for breakfast. Both were well presented and delivered in a timely fashion.
One major letdown was the internet. I paid $20 for a two day package and only got about 3 hours of normal browsing out of it before I had used up my data limit. Not really value for money.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Melbourne
- Sofitel Melbourne
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located adjacent to Southern Cross station and close to Melbourne city shopping, theatres, galleries and museums, The Grand Hotel Melbourne - a member of the MGallery collection is one of the most treasured heritage buildings in Victoria. Offering modern five star comfort, it exudes Victorian grandeur, with ornate detailing harking back to the 1800s. The Grand Hotel Melbourne provides deluxe Melbourne accommodation, with 103 spacious suites, a pool, spa, gym, library and hidden garden. ... more less
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