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30 Nov 2011  Frequent visitor to Melbourne.Last visit October 2013
4.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Trip reports & reviews of Melbourne.

  • 1. Getting around - Myki Transport Card
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Myki card covers trams / buses & trains & can be purchased at train stations/ myki machines/ 7 eleven stores or online. www.myki.com.au
    Myki ticket is a reusable plastic card which you tap onto when you abroad a tram or bus. Visitors can buy a myki visitor pack to travel on all frms f transport. The pack also includes discount offers on some of Melbournes major attractions. You can also use your myki ticket to travel on bus routes from the airport. Myki is not available on the shuttle service from the airport. You can buy the visitor pack from the sky bus terminals at the airport or at Federation Square. They can also be brought from any of the major hotels. Costs - $14:00 adult

  • 2. Getting around - Hop on / Hop off Bus.
    Melbourne, Victoria

    There are 14 stops on the HOHO bus which operates daily between 9:15 - 5:35pm every 30mins. Duration: takes 1hour & 30 mins. The ticket is valid for either 24 or 48 hrs depending on what ticket you buy. The HOHO bus starts at the Art Centre & includes all the major attractions around Melbourne. You can hop on at any stop.

  • 3. Melbourne - visitor shuttle bus.
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Operates daily between 9:30am - 4:30pm every 30mins. Duration of tour is 90mins with a hop on / hop off system. There are 13 stops taking in the major attractions of Melbourne. Costs - $5:00 all day - children are free. Tickets can be brought from the Melbourne Visitor centre located at Federation Square or from ticket machines at the different allocated stops.

  • 4. Melbourne HOTELS
    Melbourne, Victoria

  • 5. Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
    Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Hilton Hotel is located in South Wharf minutes to Southbank, , Docklands, Crown Casino & next door to Melbourne Conference & Exhibition centre. The direct factory shopping outlet stores are also connected to the hotel via a walkway which is excellent for shopping.

    Its approx a good 15 minute walk into the heart of the CBD or one can catch a tram or a taxi from outside the hotel.

    Checkin. – Everything went accordingly to plan except it did take the porters over 30 minutes to bring our bags up to our room.

    Room – Our Executive room 1314 was very spacious & modern with sweeping views of the Yarra River & Melbourne city skyline. The floor to ceiling windows made the whole room magical especially at night.

    The views were stunning & it was delightful to wake up in the morning & press a button to open the block out blinds to allow the light & views to filter back into the room.

    Bathroom – Extremely spacious with a separate walk-in shower & bath. A LCD TV and i-pod were also supplied.

    Breakfast – Excellent choices with an array of fresh & cooked food.

    Restaurants – Plenty of places to dine from a simple café to tapas or fine dining. We enjoyed a lovely meal at Nuevo37.

    Facilities – Unfortunately there is no swimming pool but there is a good size gym.

    Overall – We really enjoyed the Hilton Hotel its fresh, funky, trendy & modern with fab rooms. We happened to be visiting whilst the exhibit of Art Horses was on display which was very interesting.

    The only negative is the long walk into town but there is plenty of transport available if needed. We will definitely be returning.

    Room Tip: Ask for the Yarra River view on higher floor.

  • 6. Crown Towers
    Crown Towers, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Crown Towers is located on the Yarra River at Southbank. Our room 1725 was called a deluxe King Size Corner room which was luxurious with sweeping views of the river and the city skyline.

    The hotel is huge which can be slightly impersonal but the service of every staff took away any aloof or cold feelings.

    Check in was fast and efficient.

    Our room was super spacious with a king size bed, massive plasma TV, working desk, well stocked mini bar, sofa chair plus ottoman, and a very sweet bay window settee. You can watch the gas fireworks from the window which I really enjoyed.

    The bathroom was enormous with separate spa bath, shower, toilet and wonderful fluffy towels and toiletries.

    The best thing about the Crown is all the fabulous restaurants at your doorstep. You literally have the BEST restaurants in Melbourne within easy walking distance. One could have a ball dining through these top establishments; however you would need to be cashed up, as all are very expensive.

    A cool spacious indoor swimming pool is located on the 2nd floor with an attached spa. One does however wonder why they didn’t incorporate an outdoor swimming pool as the pool area is attached to the tennis courts which could literally fit another two 50metre swimming pools on the roof top.

    The Casino is also at your doorstep which offers gamblers a little piece of heaven, with blackjack, roulette and a thousand pokies machines supplied.

    Overall – We have stayed at numerous 5 star hotels in Melbourne and to me the Crown Towers offered a touch more with their facilities at their fingertips. It’s in a fabulous position only a short walk across the bridge to Flinders Street Station and the CBD.
    I have given this hotel 5 star for a 5 star hotel.

  • 7. Crown Metropol
    Crown Metropol Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    Check-in: We arrived at the Hotel Metropol by taxi, check-in went accordingly to plan with the help of the friendly efficient staff.

    Room: Our room 2258 called R58 was a corner room with huge wall to floor glass windows which looked all over Melbourne and onwards to Port Phillip Bay. The room was very spacious, stylish and chic with a huge king size bed, large screen plasma TV, mini bar, working desk, and a cute chaise lounge. We totally enjoyed our luxurious bed.

    Bathroom: As others have mentioned the bathroom has screen panelled doors which didn’t worry us being a couple but if sharing with a friend it may be a problem. The separate shower and toilet glass doors could also be slightly intimating for some. However, we thought the bathroom to be very opulent, chic and swish. The only negative was the inadequate shower water pressure...

    Location: The Crown Metropol is connected within the Crown entertainment complex which is fantastic if you just want to visit the Casino, dine at the many wonderful 5 star restaurants like Nobu, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons or Rockpool. There is also a very modern swish shopping complex for the ladies and heaps of food courts and cheap cafes for those who just want to have a simple meal.

    The only disadvantage is the hotel is at least 20 minute walk into the heart of the CBD, however; it’s totally walkable over one of the many pedestrian bridges.

    Restaurant: We only dined at Gordon Ramsay's Maze Restaurant for breakfast and had a very enjoyable meal.

    Facilities: On the 27Th Floor is the awesome health centre with a fully equipped modern gym, cool lap infinity pool, with a steam room and spa. I used the health centre one afternoon and had the whole complex to myself which was wonderful. The steam room and spa are located in the Ladies Room (I presume the men have the same) which was terrific.

    The only negative I found was the swimming pool was so shallow and the deepest part came below my shoulders and I’m a shortie! However, the whole floor is a credit to the establishment and makes staying here very agreeable.

    Overall: After reading all the travel mags about this hotel we were dying to experience it. We were very pleased we did and totally had a very enjoyable stay. Due to the closeness of the Top Notch Restaurants, Casino and nightclubs the Crown Hotel Metropol is totally suited for romantic couples or “girl’s” weekend getaway.

    However, having stayed at most of Melbourne 5* hotels I do still prefer the Crown Towers, Langham or Westin due to their location.

  • 8. The Langham, Melbourne
    The Langham, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Langham Hotel formally known as the Sheraton Towers is situated overlooking the Yarra River at Southgate with stunning views. Close to shops, cafes and restaurants. A easy walk across footbridge to Flinders Street Station and the main CBD. The foyer and reception area on second floor are elegantly furnished creating a impressive entrance.

    PROS: Short walk to city and casino. Heaps of cafes, restaurants and bars near by. Luxurious spacious rooms with large marble bathrooms. All modern facilities, mini bar, internent connection, hair-dyer, air-conditioning, laundry service, inhouse movies and room service. Fabulous breakfast and fine dining restaurant.

    CONS: Expensive - but who cares !!!

  • 9. The Westin Melbourne
    The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    Ideally situated in Collins Street in the upper “Paris end” this hotel is ultimately posited for serious shoppers or threatre goers. It has all the pros of a five star hotel, lovely foyer, trendy building ,restaurants and cocktail bars. I have stayed in Melbourne numerous times due to business, and have tried most but not all…so what I have experienced is and know what becomes important, to other travelers is this.

    1)Excellent position, you are in the heart of Melbourne.

    2)This hotel has a very European feel or maybe it’s just the city.

    3)The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, they even remember your name as you enter at different times of the day and night.

    4)Our room 439, is not what we booked, it’s a deluxe room which overlooks the street with the falling Autumn trees with a small Juliet balcony.

    5)I would only book a deluxe room or studio apartment, as our room is the size as an average hotel but extremely comfortable.(supposed to be an upgrade) It has everything you should expect in a five star hotel...without mentioning them. Nice little bars/ cafes and restaurants...in a classy and very trendy atmosphere.

    6)Bathrooms are very elegant, stylish and roomy with all the modern cons.

    7)The pool is indoor a lap pool with a gym, sauna and steam room. In summer this could be extremely annoying if you want to capture some sunshine. (the Langham Hotel is a better bet in summer, as they have a wonderful outdoor area.)

    8)Without the staff, this hotel would feel cold, pretentious yet refined, trendy and cultured.

    9)It can be noisy, if you have a balcony and choose to open them but then again I liked the sound of the trams. ..and city noises. somehow it reminded me of Paris (maybe it was the avenue or the trees).

    10)I really liked this hotel regardless of other posts. My suggestions are to make sure you have a deluxe room or better still 8th floor up. Do not go below the 4th floor otherwise you will have wall views. It has prime position if you can afford it, just a few minutes walk to the shops, Federation Square, Flinders Station…it is really awesome for the position…but since I have stayed at numerous hotels in Melbourne I do actually really miss Southbank…..it’s on the river with restaurants on your doorsteps.

  • 10. Quay West Suites Melbourne
    Quay West Suites Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Quay West Apartments are situated overlooking the Yarra River and
    approx a few minutes walk across the bridge to Flinders Railway Station and Federation Square.

    When looking for a hotel, we usually only want a few things, view, balcony and comfortable room. The Quay West have all three.

    Our one bedroom apartment 1512 is on the 15th floor and had fantastic
    views of Melbourne skyline and the river. It consisted of a large lounge/ dining room with a separate kitchen with all the necessary items one needs for self catering. A washing/ dyer was always neatly packed into the kitchen.

    The bedroom was a comfortable size with doors that lead out to the balcony. Dressing gown and slippers were also supplied.

    The bathroom again was spacious with a bath and walk-in shower with good toiletries.

    Broadband and a working desk , plazma TV, CD player were also supplied.

    Parking was available at the hotel rate.

    Breaksfast was excellent, you can also order it in your room.

    Staff very helpful, friendly and efficient,. A credit to this establishment.

    I have stayed at numerous hotels in Melbourne and found the Quay West up to the standard of any of the 5 star hotels in the city.

    Overall, we really enjoyed our comfortable stay and could not find one fault, and that's saying something as usually I am very fussy...

    Tip> Ask for a higher room to capture the fantastic views facing the city and river.

  • 11. Quay West Suites Melbourne - 4th Visit - November 13.
    Quay West Suites Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    We have stayed at Quay West numerous times over the years & have always enjoyed our stay.

    The hotel is an ideal location for having everything at your fingertips & all within walking distance to the CBD shops, restaurants, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, South Wharf DFO, Casino & Melbourne Cricket Ground.

    Check-in. All went accordingly to plan without any hiccups. The staff were extremely efficient & friendly.

    The only 'negative" we could find is although we have run numerous conferences at Quay West the staff had absolutely no recognition of our previous stays.

    Room - This time we had apartment 1110 which looked directly onto the Yarra River & had fabulous views of the city skyline.

    Breakfast - Included in our business package which was pretty good. Staff were very friendly & also reminded us that we could also have our eggs cooked whichever way we liked.

    Overall : Having written many TA reviews about the Quay West Apartments we were again very happy with our stay especially my hubby who was running a conference in the hotel. Evidently; the hotel ticked all the boxes regarding the operational running of the conference.

    Room Tip: Ask for views overlooking the Yarra River - mid to high level.

  • 12. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
    Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    The hotel is housed in a lovely old classical 1900's period building which has attractive stained glass windows and elaborate ornate ceilings. The hotel is located in a beautiful position directly across the road from Flinders Station and the footpath across the Yarra River to South bank. Its also a quick 2 minute walk into Bourke Street shopping Mall.

    We had booked this hotel months before arriving through Expedia.com and received a brilliant rate for a spacious suite. My hubby was attending a conference so we searched for a good rate regarding obtaining the suite.

    Check-in. – Everything went accordingly to plan and the staff very helpful and willing to assist us, especially since we had a car plus trailer which was needed for a trade show.

    Room – Our suite 734 was spacious with a large hallway opening up to a reasonable size lounge room with sofa, chairs and coffee table. There was also a TV, mini bar , tea, coffee facilities, free Internet and working desk . The only negative point was the room was dark through the day.

    The separate bedroom was again spacious with a lovely comfortable king size bed , chester draw with a large plasma TV on top. Off the bedroom was a good size walk-in wardrobe and huge bathroom with a walk-in shower (no bath) two vanity units with excellent make-up mirrors.

    We dined in the Grill Bar twice and the meals were lovely especially the noodle section. The breakfast was okay too but the service was incredibly slow in the evenings and also at brekkie.

    The bar on level One was great at "Happy Hour" when the drinks were reduced. It was a lovely place to unwind before heading out for the evening. Happy Hour opens from Monday to Friday between 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Staff : We found all the staff to be friendly and helpful especially the maids who always made sure our room was tidied and done before our return.

    Overall : We stayed at the hotel for 7 days and had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay. I highly recommend getting the suite as the other rooms looked rather small. The hotel being close to the railway station attracts a seedy element but its still safe. Plenty of supermarkets, grog shops etc can be located a few doors down from the hotel. The best thing about this hotel is the position.

  • 13. Grand Hyatt Melbourne
    Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Hyatt sits proudly on the prestigious Collins Street with its car/ taxi entrance in Russell Street. The hotel has recently been renovated and refurnished. It’s approximately a quick 5min stroll down Collins Street to the heart of Melbourne shopping centre, Federation Square and Flinders Station.

    Check in: Everything went accordingly to plan; however we didn’t like the receptionist as we found her rude when we requested a late check out.

    Our room was just like a Hilton Room which means it’s on the small size and is just another hotel room with nothing special to seduce you into liking it. The room consisted of a large king size bed which was incredibly comfortable with lovely pillows. A working desk was placed by the window with views overlooking the city and the river, a good size TV which skipped and played up most of the time. The furniture needs a major uplift to bring it up to a true 5 star hotel.

    Bathroom: A lovely spacious granite bathroom with separate bath / shower and roomy vanity unit with good make-up mirrors.

    Restaurants: The breakfast is the BEST thing about this hotel; we enjoyed our selection of fresh fruit / cooked eggs and Chinese dishes. However, it’s certainly is not cheap at AUD$38.00 pp. The RU-CO Bar has a good selection of wines and cocktails.

    Facilities: There is an excellent Health Centre in the hotel with a gym / swimming pool and Day Spa which also does manicures and pedicures. Fitness classes are also available.


    We have stayed at most hotels in Melbourne and due to the fact that the Hyatt had just been renovated we decided to give it a go….and to us we thought it to be an average hotel offering guests little to be overjoyed about. The positive aspect is it’s located in a fabulous position for those who want to be close to the shops, restaurants and the theatre.

  • 14. Mantra on Little Bourke
    Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria

    We have stayed in numerous hotels in Melbourne due to business. My hubby was running a conference in this hotel for a week, so we had booked 20 rooms. I got to view most rooms as I am very fussy and selective when it comes to booking rooms for clients. This hotel is not a five star luxury hotel but offers extremely good value with modern spacious suites. It is positioned in the business district of Melbourne just opposite the Supreme Court, and five minutes walk to the Myer Shopping Centre the heart of the CBD and ten minute walk to Flinders Station and Federation Square.

    Our suite 808 was on the smoking 8th floor which my hubby had requested; it was huge with a open planned lounge room, dining area, and working desk with internet connection, small kitchenette with mini bar, fridge, tea and coffee facilities, cutlery, crockery, and glasses. A plasma TV and CD player was also provided. The room overlooked the Supreme Court and street.

    The bedroom was enormous with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, heavy block out curtains, safe, TV and a large wardrobe. The bathroom was spacious with separate shower and bath tub, vanity sink, hairdryer, bathrobes and good fluffy towels.

    The Eighth Spice restaurant was located on the ground floor which served breakfast and dinner. Next door was the bar which also provided “happy Hour” and was opened late. Breakfast was average but good, serving cereals, scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes etc with fresh juice and coffee. I asked for poached eggs which was never a problem for the staff. Eat outside for dinner, as we found the food to be very ordinary and you have so many wonderful restaurants just five minutes walk away in Hardware Lane, not to mention in the whole of Melbourne.

    The standard studio apartments are terrific; my daughter visited me, so I booked a room for her, and she was really disappointed she didn’t bring her friends “Wow! I could have a party in this room”.

    This hotel represents excellent value for money, I would stay here again, primarily for the spacious suites, I am a space freak and I would prefer an apartment than a standard hotel room. As I have mentioned before, I have stayed at numerous 5 star luxury hotels in Melbourne and personally I was very happy with the Pacific International and will stay here again.

    Staff were happy to help us especially since we had so many rooms booked. .

    The cleaning service needs work, once my room was not cleaned till 4pm, which I think is unacceptable. I rang maid service and complained and they were there in two minutes; but I said” forget it; just give me some fresh towels”.

    I have given this hotel a five star rating for the lovely spacious suites, position, and value for money.

    Pros: Excellent spacious suites offering modern facilities. It is a short walk into the CBD area and restaurants. Value for money. Laundry service excellent. If you want to relax in comfort after a long day exploring Melbourne then this hotel is perfect.

    Cons: Cleaning service poor and staff courtesy needs improvement.

    Tip: Eat outside, there are heaps of cafes offering breakfast close by, and certainly eat outside for dinner .Melbourne is filled with the best restaurants in Australia. Try the Flower Drum (Chinese) the Botanical, Stoke house (St Kilda), Lygon Street Carlton, the GPO building CBD, Docklands and Southbank areas .Plus don’t forget to see the Great Ocean Road.

  • 15. Stamford Plaza Melbourne
    Stamford Plaza Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Stamford sits in a great location in Little Collins Street within easy walking distance to the heart of the city. Little Collins Street is known as “The Paris End” specializing in boutique and exclusive shops.

    It is also close to some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and cafés. Upon arriving we were upgraded to a two bedroom suite (1512) actually one could call it an apartment. A spacious lounge dining area with colour TV and CD player. A separate kitchen with marble bench tops, standard size fridge, microwave, stove, toaster, kettle and coffee peculator!! (with fresh coffee provided).

    The main bedroom has sliding wooden doors off the living room with queen size bed and ample wardrobe space, the bedroom has a dressing room with a small bathroom with spa bath and overhead shower. The second bedroom has two twin beds working desk, wardrobe and bathroom with walk-in shower and toilet. The furniture is elegant with silk curtains and Roman blinds which creates a attractive stylish atmosphere.

    This apartment would certainly suit a family or two couples looking for value, as its spacious and relatively private with two separate bathrooms. There are three balconies in the suite, one large with opening sliding doors from the living room, with cute iron table and chairs offering a outlook towards the Botanical gardens. The other two balconies are petite with views of ugly office blocks.
    Other facilities include small indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa on the 16th floor. There is premium in-house dining, laundry service and broadband connection.(ours was not working at the time !) Harry’s Bistro and café is located on the Lobby floor with a average lobby bar next door.

    PROS: Centrally positioned within walking distance to heart of city. All rooms are suites roomy and gracefully furnished. Staff are cooperative and welcoming. The Stamford feels more like an exclusive apartment building than a hotel. Highly recommended.

    CONS: In day time the rooms are dim..one needs to put the lights on. Broadband inactive.

  • 16. Melbourne Marriott Hotel
    Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria

    We had no choice in the matter staying here as all hotels in Melbourne were booked out due to some conference happening for a week.We had with us some US guests and it was so embrassing trying to find somrwhere we could be accomadated.Finally the Mariott had two rooms available so we quickly paid by Amex to secure them.
    We were surprised to find that our room was extremely spacious with a king size bed and a lovely large bathroom.The staff were very helpful and efficient and upon arriving we were given a glass of juice.
    It was a little out of town, but good for the legs..
    situated near the theatre and Chinatown with some excellent restuarants a few blocks away.

    Pros: Large modern suite rooms with modern bathroom with all the facilities one expects from this sort of establishment.Staff very friendly and helpful.Located closed to the theatre and Chinatown.We cannot give advice on the breakfast as we had very bad news that evening and had to catch first plane home in the morning.

    Con:A bit of a walk into the city.

  • 17. PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport
    PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine, Greater Melbourne

    Reviewed May 8, 2012 We have stayed here previously when the hotel used to be the Hilton Hotel.

    Location - The Park Royal is positioned in a prime location with connection to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport so its perfect for a late arrival or planning an early morning flight.

    Check-in - We arrived late & all went accordingly to plan with our reservation.

    Room - Our room 950 was spacious, clean & modern with good views. The bed was also extremely comfortable.

    Bathroom - The modern bathroom is clean with a separate shower & bath tub with St Gregory toiletries supplied.

    Restaurant - We asked when checking in whether we needed to book for dinner as we were late arriving. They said no but when we arrived at the restaurant we were told we needed a reservation.

    We had to wait at the bar for 20 minutes which was very annoying; my hubby went back to the reception & complained but evidently they were very blas� offhanded about it.

    The food was okay however the service was extremely slow & they took forever to clear the tables.

    Facilities - There is a cafe or coffee & snacks, & a bar for drinks or cocktails. The lobby lounge area is excellent for relaxing with clients, friends or sipping a drink.

    Overall: An excellent airport hotel with the added bonus of being a few mins walk to the terminals via a short walk across an enclosed skybridge. It was a pity about our dining experience otherwise it would have been a perfect short overnight stay.

    Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor overlooking the airport runways.

  • 18. Melbourne RESTAURANTS
    Melbourne, Victoria

  • 19. Society
    Society, Melbourne, Victoria

    Society Restaurant was chosen for a hens night so we had pre booked a 3 course meal with drinks included in the package.

    Our meal consisted on three choices Polenta-coated calamari, shallow-fried or Duck liver pate mandarin jam and crostini. The other entree choice was the Soft-centred mozzarella with blistered cherry tomatoes we all opted for different dishes & all looked pretty impressive.

    For mains our choices consisted of gnocchi with porcini, shimeji and portobello mushrooms or Salmon the fish of the day. The other alternative was the Grilled Black Angus eye fillet with braised cabbage and pancetta which was cooked to perfection.

    The Cheese Platter was again very tasty with a good selection of cheese & biscuits.
    Overall : The decor of the restaurant is very attractive with warm red parlor furniture & colorful drapes creating a moody ambiance. The service was friendly, fast & not too pretentious & most importantly the food was excellent.
    Visited July 2012

  • 20. Nobu Melbourne Crown Casino
    Nobu Melbourne Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria

    We had basically just stepped off the plane & needing to quickly find a local decent restaurant we opted for Nobu. The restaurant was jam packed so we had to have a few drinks at the bar before our table was ready.

    There are so many choices regarding what menu you can have & our waiter at the time was extremely fastidious so we opted for the waiters menu which basically means the waiter chooses the menu for you after being briefed on your likes & dislikes.

    Unfortunately; our waiter disappeared after we ordered which was a little disconcerting & we wondered what sort of muddle menu we were going to be served. Our new waitress was pleasant but we did wonder if she knew our order?

    The complexities of the 10 food courses were scrumptious, light & so deliciously expensive it left my hubby speechless.

    Overall: the food is gorgeous, fresh & the bill ridiculously expensive.

  • 21. Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant
    Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant is located in Southgate. We were staying at Quay West Suites & wanted to try a restaurant close by. We opted for a selection of dim sims which were tasty & shared the honey prawns & beef. The food was pretty good & the service friendly & efficient. The only gripe we had with this restaurant was at 9pm the staff were starting to stack up the chairs & tables whilst we were still eating. It's rather pricey too for a Chinese.

  • 22. Giuseppe Arnaldo and Sons
    Giuseppe Arnaldo and Sons, Warragul, Gippsland

    We arrived late around 9pm and were able to walk in and get a table without waiting. The restaurant was buzzing and being a lover of Italian food I was really looking forward to experiencing the culinary food of Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons.

    Firstly, we ordered the Polpette" Veal, Pork , Mortadella Fried Meatballs, Lemon, Celery Salad entrée to share and a bottle of NZ Sav blanc and secondly our mains which consisted of Spaghetti“Arrabbiata” Crab, Tomato, Chilli baked in a paper bag and hubby ordered 800 gram T-Bone 100% Grain Fed Angus beef.

    Our entrees came out and looked beautiful however we waited for our wine but to no avail. Finally, I had to resort to searching for a waiter so we could begin our meal with the wine we had ordered. The entrée was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Throughout the night the service was incredibly bad and we basically thought we were in a cafeteria not a top notch restaurant. Trying to catch a waiter’s eye was impossible without having to stand up and wave your hand. If wanting something extra like ice forget it.

    Further to our disappointment my spaghetti was thrown down on the table without a spoon or even having the opportunity to ask for some pepper or a touch of parmesan which I eventually had to get up from the table and head towards the kitchen before any staff assisted me.

    My meal was satisfactory a little too saucy for my taste however hubby said his steak was acceptable.

    Due to the really bad service we never left a tip and I would not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends as it just does not compare to other top Italian restaurants in Melbourne which I have experienced.

  • 23. Flower Drum
    Flower Drum, Melbourne, Victoria

    The flower Drum is one of Melbourne icon restaurants.we have dined here on numerous occasions & have always loved it. The restaurant was located in Chinatown
    in Little Bourke Street but is now located at 17 Market Lane.
    the Flower Drum offers fbulous fine dining Cantonese cuisine however it's not cheap but is certainly worth the experience.
    Try the plate of various steamed dim sums & the South Australian king prawns as they
    are delicious. This restaurant is a must do if visiting Melbourne & if you like tasty Cantonese food.

  • 24. Rockpool Bar & Grill
    Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Rockpool Restaurant is located in the Crown Complex in Southbank. To avoid any disappointment make sure you book ahead as this restaurant gets extremely busy.
    Although the steaks are very pricey they certainly are delicious !! Excellent knowledgeable service with a wonderful wine list. There are plenty of other selections on the menu than just steaks too. We had the wagyu steaks which were cooked to perfection. The side dishes are also very interesting we loved the sautéed asparagus with prosciutto & Parmesan. The grilled baby onions were equally delicious.

  • 25. Chin Chin
    Chin Chin, Melbourne, Victoria

    We have not eaten here as it's impossible to get in as it's always packed & one has to wait well over an hour for a table. Due to business we are never free to go early so basically we always miss out every time we try to dine at Chin Chin. One cannot book either so the best bet would be to go early or wait until 9pm.
    Chin Chin Thai restaurant has excellent reviews so hopefully one time will be able to try it. The restaurant is located at 152 Flinders Lane in the city.

  • 26. tutto bene
    tutto bene, Melbourne, Victoria

    We have dined at Tutto Bene numerous times due to business. If you are a risotto fan then you will certainly enjoy this restaurant. The menu is slightly limited due to the various risotto dishes. A good no fuss restaurant.
    The restaurant is located in Southgate plaza upstairs overlooking the Yarra River. I also enjoyed the beef short rib as the meat just fell off the bone. It's not cheap but good value for what you get.

  • 27. MeatBalls and Wine Bar
    The Meatball and Wine Bar, Melbourne, Victoria

    Meatballs cafe is located at 135 Little Flinders lane next door to Chin Chin Thaii Restaurant. The menu consists of tapas style meatballs using fresh Australian products like the beef balls made from Black Angus Beef & the pork balls produced from the Berkshire pig. The menu is simple and straightforward however the venue is noisy & crowded if looking to dine elegantly this is not the place to go. Another restaurant with a no reservation policy & no children allowed. Get here early if wanting a table as it gets incredibly busy.

  • 28. Sake Restaurant & Bar
    Sake Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Sake Japanese Restaurant is located underneath the Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre in Southbank overlooking the Yarra River. I enjoyed a delicious lunch on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The staff were extremely friendly & efficient. The menu was very interesting & I had wished I could have tried more dishes as watching them roll out of the kitchen made me salivate they looked so good. I enjoyed the Chirashi salad & the sashimi appetizer which were both fabulous. Next time I'm in Melbourne I plant to take my hubby here for dinner. This restaurant would be fab for a pre early dinner before catching a show or concert at the Hammer Hall.

  • 29. Mamak - Malaysian
    Mamak, Melbourne, Victoria

    Mamak Restaurant is located at 366 Lonsdale Street in the CBD. This restaurant must be one of Melbournian's favourites as its constantly busy with large queues often seen lining the street. Mamak Restaurant is the sister to the Sydney based Malaysian one located in Chinatown. Excellent Roti & Satay selections at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed the Kari kambing & Sambal udang which were around $19 each. Good place to dine if wanting a cheap no fuss tasty meal to share with friends.

  • 30. Hihou
    Hihou, Melbourne, Victoria

    Hihou is located at 1 Flinders Lane upstairs on the first floor. Its one of Melbourne's top cool bars serving a wonderful selection of Japanese beers & whisky's. Its also the perfect place for lunch as they offer a bargain price set lunch menu at $35.00 with views of Fitzroy Gardens. Great for cocktail & bar snacks too !

  • 31. Grossi Florentino
    Grossi Florentino, Melbourne, Victoria

    Grossi Florentino Restaurant is located at 80 Bourke Street in the CBD. We have dined at Grossi Florentino numerous times when visiting Melbourne as it's one of those " Golden oldies" being one of Melbourne's oldest icon restaurants.

    The lunch menu & Pre Threatre Two courses for $40 or three for $50 with a glass of house wine is excellent value & is served downstairs. Perfect for those wanting to a no fuss quick meal at reasonable prices.

    Upstairs is the more formal restaurant which offers traditional delicious Italian food with different set menu's. For lunch one can have the Restaurant Veloce Menu which caters for those wanting a quick two course tasting meal. Also on offer for dinner is the Gran Tour Menu which consists on five courses for $140.00 per person or one can have the la Carte Menu.

    This time we opted for the a La Carte Menu & ordered simply with spaghetti Queensland Prawns with chilli & capers & hubby decided on the Flinders' Island lamb which he said was delicious. However; we did find it all very pricey & the meals on the small size.

    To be honest the lunch menu offers better value & is more fun.

    Visited October 2013

  • 32. Spice Temple
    Spice Temple, Melbourne, Victoria

    Spice Temple is located in the Crown Compex in Southbank. It's a Neil Perry restaurant who's one of Australia's best chefs. It has two hats from the Age Good Food Guide 2013 so it's pretty up there regarding one of Melbourne top restaurants.
    There is plenty of choices from Yum Cha menu to set banquet menus. We opted for the main menu & shared a variety of dishes. We really liked the spicy fried hi ken wings & the steam flathead Jiangxi style with chilli. It's not cheap so bring your wallet !!

  • 33. Silks at Crown Entertainment Complex
    Silks at Crown Entertainment Complex, Melbourne, Victoria

    Another restaurant found in the Crown Complex in Southbank. We have dined here on numerous occasions & have always enjoyed the food & excellent service. Both the Spice Restarant & Silks are excellent Asian restaurants which are worth trying if wanting a special night out.

  • 34. St Crispin
    Saint Crispin, Collingwood, Yarra

    Love this restaurant as it's very reasonable & the food is excellent. You have a few choices of having a two course or threes cousre menu for $50 or $60. we opted on the two course on enjoyed the yellowfin tuna & Alantic Salmon for entree & for main the John Dory & the Flinders lamb were delicious. The restaurant is located in 300 Smith Street Collingwood.

  • 35. Melbourne food suburbs. - Chinatown
    Melbourne, Victoria

    If looking for suburbs which cater multicultural cuisine here is a list.
    Chinese - located mostly in Chinatown between the streets of Exhibition to Swansea. There are plenty of choices from expensive to super cheap. Flower Drum is the most noted restaurant in Chinatown & one needs to book ahead to avoid disappointment. The main area of Chinatown is along Little Bourke Street with lane ways which connect to Bourke Street & Lonsdale Street. We have always enjoyed Flower Drum & for something cheap & different try crystal Jade located at 154 Bourke Street.

  • 36. Melbourne food suburbs - Vietnamese
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Most popular Vietnaese Restaurats can be found in the suburb of Richmond "Little Saigon" along Victoria Street. There are an abundance of restaurants & cafes catering for all budgets. Iflooking for a Asian food market then u can't go pass Little Saigon Markets in Footscray - 63 Nicholson Street.

  • 37. Melbourne - Food Suburb - Italian
    Melbourne, Victoria

    If visiting Melbourne one cannot miss having dinner in Lygon Street Carlton. This street has been one of Melbourne icon foodie haunts for years. However; you can find excellent Italian Rwstaurats without the touristy feel in the CBD. Try Grossi Florentio, Cafe Di Stasio in St Kilda , Cafe e Cucina in Sth Yarra , Mo Vida in CBD , Meatball & wine Bar & I'll Barcaro to name a few.

  • 38. What to Do & See in Melbourne.
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne is full of fabulous attractions including all the suburbs surrounding the CBD. It's a fascinating journey through Australia's hub of sport, style and culture which takes many visits to explore before really getting to know the real Melbourne.

  • 39. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria

    One cannot visit Melbourne without experiencing a day at the MCG. The MCG was built in 1853 & can hold up to 100,000 people for a normal Saturday football match. It is the tenth-largest stadium in the world.The Melbourne Cricket Ground is located in Yarra Park and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. The MCG is within walking distance of the CBD or one can catch the train or tram.

  • 40. Federation Square
    Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

    Federation Square was built in 2002 as a civic centre and cultural precinct for the Arts. Federation Square is located at the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street in the CBD just opposite Flinder's Street Railway Station.

    Federation Square is the main hub for all major events in Melbourne. Federation Square host over 2000 events each year including cultural & festivals. The Ian Potter NGV, art gallery & the ACMI are located down stairs and with free exhibitions. There is also free Wifi access & plenty of cafes & restaurants within Federation Square.

  • 41. Yarra River
    Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Yarra River is Melbourne's icon & the best way to view it is by taking a cruise down the river. City River Cruises, Melbourne River Cruises and Williamstown Bay and River Cruises operated from Federation Square or along the waterfront at Southbank. Another nice thing to do is to take a walk along the Yarra River as its a very picturesque walk through the Botanical gardens.

    Most of Melbourne's top attractions are located along the waterfront of the Yarra River in Southbank. The Crown Casino, numerous five star hotels, cafes & top restaurants can be found along the Yarra.

    The Yarra river is the focus for numerous spectacular events including the famous Moomba festival, rowing regattas, the Melbourne Festival and Dragon Boat Festivals.

  • 42. St. Kilda Beach
    St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Victoria

    St Kilda Beach is Melbourne's most famous beach; its located approx 6 km south-east of Melbourne CBD. It can be easily reached from the city by either catching a tram or a train to St Kilda.

    St Kilda is also one of Melbourne's Food districts especially in Acland Street. There are also plenty of cafes & restaurants along the beachfront.

    St Kilda is famously known for the historical Luna Park which the laughing face facade and roller coaster have both been classified by the National Trust.

  • 43. National Gallery of Victoria
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

    The National Gallery of Victoria is located in St Kilda Road, a short walk from the CBD across Swanson Bridge from Flinders Street Station.
    Open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm except Christmas Day. Parking is available in the Victorian Arts Centre car park located beneath the NGV.

    The NGV was built in 1861 & is the oldest public art museum in Australia. It houses fabulous collections of Australian Art including Aboriginal art and artefacts, Australian colonial art, Australian Impressionist art, 20th century, modern and contemporary Australian art.

  • 44. Immigration Museum
    Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Immigration Museum is a fascinating introduction into Australian History. It's located in the Old Customs House in the CBD. The Immigration Museum is well known for its famous Long Room, which is a fabulous piece of Renaissance Revival architecture.The museum was founded in 1998 & is definitely worth a visit.

    Getting to the Museum is easy by either walking or catching the Free City Circle Tram to cnr Flinders Street & Market Street. Tram 48, 55, 70 or 75 to cnr Flinders Street & Market Street

  • 45. Old Melbourne Gaol
    Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Victoria

    We actually had a dinner conference in the Goal which was very entertaining as we got to learn a lot about the history. The building also includes Melbourne's oldest prison, the historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House. The Goal was build in 1841 from Bluestone & was primary used to house criminals who were later hanged here including Australia's most outlaw hero Ned Kelly & the mafia gangster Squizzy Taylor who also spent time here.

  • 46. Great Ocean Road
    Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia