We were attending a 4pm Friday wedding at Ripponlea and decided to stay overnight nearby. Looked up available options on Wotif and then booked an Executive 2-bedroom apartment direct with the hotel. Happened to mention it to other wedding guests and 4 other couples booked a stay there too so we could all travel together by taxi to and from the wedding. The idea was to meet for a drink at the restaurant/bar on the ground floor and head off at about 3.30 in a taxi-bus.
St Kilda Road can be quite busy so slowing down to try to find the hotel entrance wasn't that easy. Even with 3 of us looking, we didn't spot the number until we were right on it and, with cyclists speeding past on our left and impatient drivers behind us, we decided to go around the block and try again. The problem too is that, unless a parking space is available in the street, there is nowhere to stop at the front of the building. We turned left into Roy Street and then left again into the lane which runs behind the hotel and found a driveway into the building basement. A car happened to be coming out so we drove in when the gate went up and found a marked hotel parking space. Having congratulated ourselves on our cleverness at finding the entrance by accident and a park opposite the lift, we were quickly shot down by the two women at reception who advised that, not only should we not have entered the car park without pre-booking a space but also that there were no spaces left and we would have to move the car. They were unaware of any nearby public parking aside from St Kilda Road which, from 6pm on a Friday, provides free parking for the rest of the weekend. That's fine but there we were at 2.30 and the maximum parking time is 2 hours. Also, we had to leave at 3.30 so we wouldn't even be able to feed the meter. Not particularly helpful. I went for a walk and found a 4-hour spot in Roy Street for $10.30 (the machine takes credit cards). I wasn't happy about leaving the car in the street overnight but the hotel staff were unable to help with any info about public undercover parking. By that time, the others had arrived and 4 out of the 5 couples had to find a spot in Roy Street. The other couple had noticed when booking through the website that limited basement parking was available for $20 overnight and had arranged a space. Something to remember for next time.
That might have sounded like a bit of a tirade but, hopefully, others might read it and not get caught like we did. It put a dampener on an otherwise very enjoyable stay. The check-in area is quite small and, whilst it was quiet when we arrived at 2.30, it was packed an hour later and the queue didn't seem to be moving very quickly. Entrance to the hotel next door and its lifts is by key fob. Our apartment (1015) was very spacious with two bedrooms set up with king beds. The main bedroom has a TV and ensuite. The other is a little smaller and its bathroom is across the hall. A washer and dryer are in that room too. A large lounge room faces St Kilda Road and incorporates a well appointed kitchen, a small dining table and 4 chairs and couch-seating for 2-4. A large TV offers free to air stations. This room leads onto a smallish balcony which houses an outdoor setting of a table and 4 chairs. Inside, with the door closed, the apartment is quiet and we both enjoyed a good night's sleep. With the door open, the street noise is surprisingly loud, especially when one of numerous trams comes past. The view up St Kilda Road is quite good. Roll down blinds provide privacy from the adjoining office building.
The Executive 2 br apartment offers 12 noon checkout as standard. Others in our group had different room types which offered 11am checkout and not all were able to arrange later checkout without extra payment.
The restaurant below provided a convenient meeting place for breakfast on Saturday morning and was quite busy. This is a comfortable apartment hotel and we would happily stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're planning to visit Melbourne for business or pleasure - you won't find anywhere more comfortable and welcoming than the stunning Mantra St Kilda Road. For business visitors our multi-purpose meeting room ticks all of the boxes, and the onsite restaurant and bar, Bakini, offers fine wining, dining and nightcaps until late. Sink into the Exclusive Pillowtop Signature Bedding or relax in the stylish living area with large screen LCD TV with Foxtel. Mantra St. Kilda Road features WiFi and broadband internet, security card key access, private balcony with all round views across Albert Park, business services and of course fully self-contained facilities including a kitchen with full size refrigerator. No matter what is on in Melbourne you are just a tram ride away from The Arts Centre, the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Luna Park and St Kilda Pier. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Ebookers, Booking.com, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and getaroom.com so you can book your Mantra St Kilda Road reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Mint Rhapsody Melbourne Hotel Melbourne