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“Very comfortable stay - pity about the parking.”

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Mantra St Kilda Road
Ranked #68 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 April 2014

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.

Room Tip: Executive 2 bedroom apartment very comfortable.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

I stayed at Mint Melbourne for 10 days in mid-January as part of an extended business trip. I wanted somewhere with good style, close to good transport, and Albert Park lake (for morning walks). The Mint apartments certainly met my requirements. They are clean, furnished with good style, and the staff were very welcoming.
Although they are not right in the centre of Melbourne, I'd recommend for anyone wanting to see more of what Melbourne has to offer.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Amazing hotel, beautiful modern furnishing, great use of space. A hidden gem. Parking instructions were easy to follow. Used the restaurant delivery service and that was great. Very comfortable hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

I recently visited Australia for primarily business commitments and stayed in Melbourne for 3 periods during my 3 week trip. The Mint apartments provided exactly what I needed.
Clean and well set up accommodation at reasonable rates. Car parking and also public transport (tram) on the St Kilda Rd. Nearby restaurants, shops and a post office are complimented with the close Albert Park. The Mint is well sited for visits into Melbourne CBD whether on business or leisure. Having lived in Melbourne for over a year not so long ago, I knew St Kilda Rd would be a good location.
All of the staff are friendly, reliable, efficient and helpful which contributed to my relaxed stay. I thank them.
I'm sure anyone staying will be more than satisfied.
The only 'down' I can comment on is the exposed concrete finish of the ceilings. They are 'finished' and it is explained, but I wasn't keen.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

The studio 'apartment' I stayed in was 'cosy' to say the least.
The 'kitchen' was wardrobe sized and the balcony barely big enough to stand on.
Having said that, it all worked. The kitchen had all the necessities including a full sized fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher.
The room was clean, new and spotless. Decor was not to my taste, but interesting. Silver padded bead head? hmmmm.
Room was 'spot cleaned' - bed made, toiletries and kitchen supplies replenished, towels changed bins emptied. All good. Sometimes it happened after 4 pm - a bit annoying to get back after work and find the bed not yet made.
Staff always very pleasant and helpful. I'm sure if I had complained, the room would have been made up earlier.
Bed was comfortable enough, but a nice mattress topper would have made it less obvious that we were sleeping on twins zipped together.
Location isn't too bad. It's a 10 minute tram ride to the centre of the city, St Kilda or Sth Yarra. Nice short walk to Albert Park Lake.
The only serious annoyance was the noise from the bar downstairs bouncing off the building and making sleeping with the window and door open impossible.
Generally a positive experience at a very economical price.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Mint Melbourne is a great place to stay. The room was very clean and modern. We spent the night watching movies on the movie package which was great. The in-room dining was also excellent. Staff were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The location is great and staff very friendly and helpful. The room I stayed in was across from airconditioning vent in next building and very noisy if the door onto the balcony was opened. Rooms further along building would not have this problem.


  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Mantra St Kilda Road

Address: 568 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia (Formerly Mint Melbourne St Kilda Rd)
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#40 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#57 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#58 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#64 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range: £77 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mantra St Kilda Road 4*
Number of rooms: 156
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 
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