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“Hints of bygone glamour”

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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Ranked #68 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Hints of bygone glamour”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Entering the hotel via the imposing double doors off Flinders Street and finding yourself in the original lobby, you might imagine you are in a gracious old continental hotel, with extravagant mouldings, extensive wood panelling, tall handsome columns, decorative ironwork and restrained leadlight. It is extremely impressive.
Unfortunately adapting the old hotel to modern standards has not been achieved with much flair or elegance, as demonstrated by the rather unremarkable new reception area (complete with cheap smelling vanilla scent infusing the air).
But if you look beyond that, choose a lovely heritage room with quirky character (and excellent double glazing!), and elect to get there via the gorgeous old staircase instead of the lift, you just might have a magical experience reminiscent of the Marvellous Melbourne of old.

Room Tip: My heritage room was small but "theatrical", with a giant bay window overlooking Flinders...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear R D,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us and it was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

We have also noted your comments about the lobby scent. We will definetly consider your recommendations in our next yearly rooms review.

Once again thank you for your valuable comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Concierge we're extremely helpful and welcoming. They booked our car hire for us and let us park for free! They also were very knowledgeable regarding tours etc. Complimentary drinks didn't go astray either!! Great location, near the crown, the yarra and in between etihad and the MCG for all the footy fans! Definately stay again!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear K_oasis,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Our stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne was fantastic. The hotel is very beautiful and clean, the staff are friendly and helpful and the facilities are first class. The location is great as it is opposite Flinders Street station, a minute from DeGraves Lane where there are so many dining options, it's city central, a two minute walk through Flinders St Station to Southbank and close to a Coles Supermarket. Our room was small, but it wasn't an issue as we had a big city to explore and if you feel like lounging about, there is plenty of space in the charming foyer and bar area downstairs. The bed was so comfortable and the room was very quiet. There are so many dining options in close proximity and the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, which serve quality food and drink with great service. David at the Travellers' Bar was especially helpful during our stay and offered exceptional service and was also very helpful in providing maps, directions and suggestions for our day and night activities. I will definitely choose to stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel again and recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Melbourne. I was travelling to my Mum and she is returning to Melbourne again next month and didn't hesitate to re-book as soon as we got home.

Room Tip: Our room was away from the front of the hotel and was very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear Kate W,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

Nonetheless to say your delightful comments about David will be shared with him and the team as this boasts them to continue to strive for service excellence in all their dealing with our valued guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The hotel is very close to flinders st train station- diagonally opposite the hotel, The tram stop is right out front. The building is a little dated. close to shopping strips and eateries. Access to the
docklands area is also close by, short cut through the flinders st station.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear Mick K,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed at the Rendezvous for a week during a conference in July. The hotel is an easy and enjoyable walk from the convention center and close to the center of town. It has an old-world charm and amazing staff: the front desk was extremely helpful particularly when I needed some documents printed and faxed. The concierge desk is excellent - much thanks to Steve for helping our group arrange a fantastic drive up along the coast. But the hotel is dated, particularly when taken into account the cost. My room was clean, but very small even by NYC and Paris standards. There was about a foot and half of space surrounding my bed. The bathroom was the size of a closet - not to be too graphic but it was impossible to use the toilet without putting your feet in the shower. Others in our group had similar comments. One pair traveling together had a room with "two single beds" but the beds were only an inch apart. The gym and business center are equally small. I'd recommend the hotel for those who like amenities of a fully staffed hotel in a central location. But don't plan to spend time in your room. Also, the "free" wi fi was extremely slow, suitable for only very basic email.

Room Tip: Another option: about half way through our stay one person in our group moved to the Treasury House...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear John H,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you and your group had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you and the group.

We agree that some room layouts are smaller than others, and being over 100 years old and heritage listed, we have a large variety of room configurations available. We have attempted to ensure that the layout of rooms are in the most practical and comfortable layout possible whilst ensuring we provide the amenities our guests require.

Please feel free to contact me at s.kakarlapudi@rendezvoushotels.com and it would be my pleasure to personally coordinate your room reservations and allocate the room which suits you the best.

Also, do note that apart from the complimentary Wi-Fi offered to all our guests, we do also offer premium internet access at a small cost with a higher connection speed for your convenience.

Nonetheless to say your delightful comments about Steve will be shared with him and the team as this boasts them to continue to strive for service excellence in all their dealing with our valued guests.

Once again thank you for your valuable comments and we look forward to welcoming you and the group back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Had a great stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne. Excellent location, pleasant staff, and beautiful modern rooms! The French concierge staff member was very charming and helpful. Classic hotel.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Matthew F,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

Nonetheless to say your delightful comments about Mathieu will be shared with him and the team as this boasts them to continue to strive for service excellence in all their dealing with our valued guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Location of the hotel was perfect for us as it was close to everything we wanted. The room was on the small side but we're only there to sleep. What made the weekend special was Rob the doorman, his love of life was infectious and he gave us some really great tips on where to eat and what to see.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Anne D
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Sridhar K, Front Office Manager at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Anne D,

Thank you for your comments after your recent stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne.

We are pleased to note that you had an enjoyable stay with us taking advantage of our central location. It was indeed our pleasure to take care of you.

Nonetheless to say your delightful comments about Rob will be shared with him and the team as this boasts them to continue to strive for service excellence in all their dealing with our valued guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Best Regards,
Sridhar Kakarlapudi
Front Office Manager
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Property: Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Address: 328 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#44 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#48 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#53 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#64 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne 4.5*
Number of rooms: 340
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Australia's finest historic hotels. Built in 1912, this meticulously restored hotel retains the elegant style of the early 1900s while providing you with all the convenience of 21st century technology and amenities ... more   less 
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