We stayed there recently on a Saturday night. We wanted to be close to the CBD and this hotel looked like it would be good. It was cheap at $99 a night including parking. We arrived in the afternoon and should have realised very soon how awful it was going to be and move. It was incredibly noisy, our room was right by a fire exit gate, the walls were paper thin and it seemed that every other guest was talking to their neighbours at the top of their voices. The room was clean enough, a lumpy bed, but we thought for the price it would be okay.
We were out til 12am, arriving back in the room it seemed there was a generator on that stopped by 1am or so, we realised it was someones room heater that they left on til they got home, but it was so very loud. Then people arrived back at various times during the early hours, some using the fire exit to go have a cigarette, not using their 'inside voices' either.
The worst was at 4am when some young girls arrived back, talking loudly, and one of their friends was locked out, so she yelled as loud as she could for her friends to let her in. It took them about 15mins to do this.
There was no 24 hour desk to go ask for help, nor a phone in the room or any notes with contact numbers.
In all, we had 3 hours sleep because by 7am or so the cleaning trolley was rolling past our door.
We told the receptionist of our bad stay, she said she would look into it, we don't blame her, but hope something is done to stop this happening to others.
Perhaps if you stay during the week it is fine but be aware, because of the cheap price and proximity to the CBD and sporting stadiums (where they hold concerts) you will get loud drunks and it really isn't worth paying less, unless you are one of the loud drunks and none of this bothers you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- George Powlett Apartments is located in the quiet exclusive area of East Melbourne, just a short stroll to the CBD, Markets, MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Fitzroy Gardens. The 43 Studio Apartments are suitable for up to 3 people and include ensuite bathroom, kitchenette, airconditioning and limited free car parking. Guest laundry and ironing room, Same day dry cleaning service, Business fax and photocopying service, Easy public transport access to CBD and many Melbourne attractions, Rooms serviced regularly (except Sundays). ... more less
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