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Essendon Apartments
Reviewed 14 April 2014

My colleague and I stayed at this apartment, which was booked by a company that we were consulting for nearby. We had checked out the review and they had looked very good, so we were shocked by the quality of this accommodation.

First up, entry to the apartments is off a driveway. I was on a lower ground floor, my door faced the driveway, which was a short distance from the main street. This did not feel very safe for a female traveller staying on her own (my colleague had an apartment on the first floor above ground level). While the apartment is only 100m to the village, the walk is pretty isolated and dark - which did not feel safe as I ran out to get some food.

Second, the free WiFI did not work. Third, the shower ran extremely hot or icy cold. One of the things I look forward to at the end of a long journey is a nice hot shower. This wasn't available. I ran in and out of the shower to avoid getting burnt or hypothermia. Fourth, the rooms had a very awful musty, cheap motel smelll - something between a combination of body odour and decaying mould. Fifth, the air conditioning did not work, so it was cold and dank in the room. Sixth, there was no information book in my room when I arrived at 7pm, which left me stranded in terms of logging into WiFi, where to go for dinner, and basically, how to call a taxi. Seventh, there was a sticky residue on the coffee table and the kitchen benchtop. The place did not feel clean even though it was not discernible with the naked eye. In the end, I was very glad to be out of there. I don't think that I'm a particularly fussy traveller and happy to stay in all sorts of places. This was perhaps one of the worse temporary accommodation I had ever come across for this price range.

We appreciate that our company selected this place for us, and therefore, we hadn't expected what they might have booked for us based on the pricing. Perhaps there were more modern versions of the apartment that we didn't get in Apartment 5 and 6. However, I would not recommend this accommodation to business travellers or single female travellers.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Such a great place for the price. We stayed in the one bedroom apartment plus single bed. Great size for the price and nice to be able to cook our own dinners utilising the full kitchen and shops nearby and nice strong shower too. Lovely host Anne, couldn't have been more friendly. Only 12min minute drive from the airport and tram station across the road.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 15 May 2013 via mobile

I stay here with my parents when we come to Melbourne. It's close toy brothers house and the rooms are clean and plenty of room. All the usual features of a serviced apartment within site parking. A hidden little gem this one. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The 1 bedroom apartment was very clean. It had a kitchen with everything you needed if you wished to cook. The lounge room was comfy and so to the bed.

Even though on the main, road it was quiet at night. Right across from the tram line for thoose who don't have a car.

Very easy checkin and management.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Management was fine, very friendly.
Room was fine, seperate bedroom to kids bed which was great. Good off street parking. Stayed for 3 nights with no room service ie No fresh towels etc! Shower was horrible, water went from hot to cold non stop! Very dangerous for kids!
Bathroom was tiny and very out dated. Won't be staying there again unless there is some major renovation works done.
Do not recommend at all.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Thank Aussiefly
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Reviewed 25 July 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016
Thank vincentding10
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Address: 1040 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria 3040, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Moonee Valley > Essendon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Essendon
Price Range: £82 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Essendon Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1 bedroom apartments close to public transport, cafe's, restaurants and shops. Easy access to Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport. Great Value. Wireless internet and guest laundry. Tram at door to Melbourne. DFO Essendon Airport nearby. ... more   less 
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