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First time in Melbourne! Please help!

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First time in Melbourne! Please help!

Hi there,

Can you please help to advise:

1). Best 4 or 5-star hotel in good location, not too far from Rod Laver. I am assuming this is in center location of Melbourne.

2). Private taxi/cab cost from Melbourne Airport

3). What is the most popular transportation from hotel to Rod Laver. I would prefer private taxi/cab, then how much does it cost?

I do hope I can be there Australian Open Tennis next year.

I would appreciate any of your advice and in the meantime, I remain with thanks.


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1. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

Rod Laver Arena is not in the centre of Melbourne but it is an easy walk or 5 mintues by tram from the hub of the city, e.g. Flinders St station.

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2. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

Thank you for your speedy answer! I much look forward to hearing more and more from all of you.

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3. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

I'm not 100% on all the star ratings of the following hotels, but The Sofitel, Westin, Windsor and Lindrum are all in the same end of the CBD as Rod Laver arena. The Hilton on the Park is just out of the CBD but even closer to the arena.

You could walk to the arena from any of them, but if you really wanted a cab - then I estimate it'd be under $10, possibly as low as $6 from the Hilton

There is a good map of CBD hotels here - wotif.com/hotels/australia-melbourne-cbd-hot…

zoom in and Find Hisense Arena which is just south of the CBD grid above the river. Rod laver arena is large grey oval just to the left of it.

Taxi depending on the time of day is approx $60-70 from the airport to the CBD

Edited: 25 August 2011, 10:02
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4. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

Thank you very much, msmegmog!

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5. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

@LadyOnCruise, you could also consider the Skybus from the airport.

Take tram.

For a first timer- just get yourself familiar with their Metlink -and you can do your journey planning.

Then of course..to get a good gist of the city- the free shuttle tourist bus and tram #35.

These are hotels(4-5 stars) under 1 km from Rod Laver arena- Grand Hyatt, Hilton, Sofitel, Lindrum, QuayWest Suites- my top choice is Lindrum- near to tram and Parliament raliway station. Sofitel is also great with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic city, bay or park views.

The nearest hotel is Mantra on Jolimont.

Though it is still around five(5) months away, I do advise, you make your booking early to get the hotel and room category that you wish.

Are you planning to be there the whole period of the tournament.

I have made my booking at Sofitel as they could offer me a better rate than Lindrum (as I hold Accor and also through a good friend in Sofitel Macau property).

Happy planning.

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6. Re: First time in Melbourne! Please help!

Also include the Westin on Collins st - couple minutes walk from tram stop to Rod Laver and a 5-10 tram ride at most (or walk in 15 mins yourself).

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